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Monterey Bay Aquarium Sets the Green Standard in Education & Energy
An aquarium wouldn’t exist without water and the same holds true with electricity. The Monterey Bay Aquarium not only illuminates its exhibits with energy efficient LED bulbs, its facility runs entirely on renewable energy.
Advocating clean energy through MBPrime, MBCP’s 100% renewable service powered exclusively by wind and solar, makes the Monterey Bay Aquarium this month’s Clean Energy Hero.
Receiving 2 million guests annually, MBA uses this opportunity to educate guests on both individual and community-level action that visitors can bring back to their communities.
MBA educates its volunteers and local visitors about our MBprime service offering in addition to other sustainable initiativesThey take the time to speak with national and global visitors about reducing pollution and more recently, about bringing the concept of Community Choice Energy agency back to their own communities.
As a certified carbon-neutral organization and state leader in renewables, the MBA proves that the efforts of one business can generate a wave of community action. In fact, their Seafood Watch Program has inspired 90% of American seafood retailers to move away from supporting destructive fishing practices. This program promotes healthy ocean habitats while rewarding businesses who adhere to sustainable seafood practices.
Ditching single-use plastics wasn’t cool until the MBA explained that items we use for a few minutes has the potential to destroy vulnerable marine animal populations for centuries.
Last year, the MBA showcased a life size Big Blue Whale to represent the amount of trash that ends up in our ocean every 9 minutes.Whether it’s renewables, sustainable seafood, or going zero-waste, motivating people to take control of their personal choices and sparking community-level action is when change truly becomes impactful.
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Taking Charge of Your Energy Use - A Hero's Journey
When MBCP launched its Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Incentive Program it was no surprise that Thomas was the first resident to turn in his application. With a work commute to San Jose State University and California State University Monterey Bay, this Salinas local was ready to replace his older Nissan Leaf with a higher range EV at significant savings.
Thomas qualified for a $4,500 incentive from MBCP and applied it towards his down payment and drove off the Santa Cruz Volkswagen lot with a leased e-Golf for just $9,000 total! Even with his lengthy commute, Thomas finds himself charging his new EV only twice a week with his Level 2 EV charger, electrified by solar panels that he received through GRID Alternatives’ SASH program.
Thomas quickly earned the nickname “Rebate King” when we learned that he also participated in the Save Our Water Turf Replacement Rebate, receiving $2,000 to transform his water and energy dependent yard into a drought-tolerant oasis.
Programs like Save Our Water, SASH and MBeVIP allow our friends, family, and community to be energy stewards…. and they inspire us all to become a Clean Energy Hero.
"If I could sum up what I want others to know about the MBeVIP incentive program, it would be this: A fantastic opportunity to get into a zero emission, clean energy powered vehicle that costs less to drive than a conventional car. The entire process of shopping, and eventually leasing the vehicle (from VW of Santa Cruz) was seamless. Whether it was getting questions answered from the program or participating dealer side, I was able to get answers to questions about the vehicles themselves, or the cost breakdowns for lease or purchase. Because everyone involved were so knowledgeable and well-informed, the entire shopping experience ended up being smoother than any other vehicle lease or purchase I’ve ever made."