Sustainability is more than a buzz word at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Ty Warner Sea Center. We are incorporating sustainability and environmentally friendly practices into every aspect of our organization – from exhibits to education, research and collections, and operational policies and procedures. The success of the Museum truly relies on a green and sustainable foundation.
WALKING THE TALK
Green Business Certification: As a guide to our greening the Museum efforts, we are using the Santa Barbara County Green Business Checklist. This has helped us make considerable changes such as selecting Energy Star-rated equipment, adding timers to our lights, posting our energy consumption for all staff to see, etc. The checklist is full of great ideas and inspiration for our efforts.
In fact, the Museum's marine science education facility on Stearns Wharf – Ty Warner Sea Center – has been certified as a Green Business by reducing its impact on the environment. The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) certifies businesses that go above and beyond complying with applicable regulations and required measures to implement additional actions in areas such as waste reduction and recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, air pollution prevention, and transportation using a checklist tailored to their industry type. We are proud to have achieved our goal of improving the way we do business in order to contribute to building a cleaner, healthier community. More>
Plow To Porch: A weekly box of produce from local farms and extras like local organic honey, eggs, organic pies, quiches, olive oils, organic fair trade coffees, local sustainable fresh fish, and more is delivered to the Museum each Wednesday to subscribing staff members. It's like bringing the Farmer's Market directly to the Museum. Plus, Plow to Porch donates 5% cash back to the Museum’s Green Team each month.
Go Car Free to the Museum and Sea Center. Vehicles are a major source of smog pollution and greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change. The Museum encourages visitors to utlize MTD Bus Line 22 which drops off right in front of the Museum. Also, the MTD Waterfront Shuttle drops off on Stearns Wharf where the Sea Center is located. Finally, check out Santa Barbara Car Free and learn about more ways to go car free in SB.