Science and a Little Green Go a Long Way

We all love going to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to see the latest exhibits and experience the IMAX theatre. One of its latest exhibits is “Earth Exposed”. In this exhibit, visitors will see erupting geysers, crumbling mountains and wind driven waves. The collection comprises more than 30 exhibits and places visitors up close and hands-on with many of the forces that continually shape and re-shape the planet. Not only will visitors learn about the earth and the environment, but they can also rest assured that the Fleet Science Center takes its own impact on the environment very seriously.

Since 2005, The Fleet Science Center has implemented measures to reduce its energy and water consumption and recently it achieved LEED Silver Certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Fleet Science Center is the first building in Balboa Park to achieve such status.

Some of the green measures the Fleet has taken to minimize its impact on the environment include:

• Installed more than 10,000 sq. ft. of solar panels on the roof of the Science Center.
• One-third of total waste generated at the Science Center is recycled and the Fleet has been awarded with the city of San Diego’s “Recycler of the Year” award three consecutive years.
• All toilets throughout the building are low-flow, saving up to 450,000 gallons of water per year.

All of these measures help visitors enjoy improved air quality and an enhanced thermal and acoustic environment. Another reason to enjoy visiting Balboa Park and the Science Center! Congrats!

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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