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 3CPrime, CCCE’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.