At the Aquarium, we love being green! Visit our Aquarium Initiatives page to see the many ways that we are committed to our conservation mission through sustainable practices. You can do the same thing at home and in your personal life. Below are some practical guidelines for how you can contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

  • Eliminate unneeded paper in your life – go paperless for bills, stop junk-mail, use re-usable shopping and grocery bags
  • Make sure your paper products contain the maximum amount of recycled content from sustainable sources
  • Utilize re-usable cups, bottles, and straws
  • Purchase products in bulk and those with minimal packaging
  • Shop for re-furbished products and commodities whenever you can
  • Recycle whenever possible – of course the usual items such as glass, paper, aluminum and beverage containers.  But don't forget to recycle electronics, batteries, motor oil and cooking oil
  • Consider composting for all of your organic wastes such as food and non-recyclable paper products

Decrease Energy Use

  • Utilize compact fluorescent or LED lights whenever possible
  • Turn thermostat up one degree in summer and down one degree in winter
  • Install energy saving thermostats and appliances
  • Turn off lights and other electronics when not in use
  • Reduce vehicle miles driven – walk, bike, carpool, public transportation – whenever possible
  • Purchase fuel efficient, low emission vehicles

Conserve Water

  • Make sure to install low-flow water fixtures throughout your home
  • Utilize rain barrels to capture rain water for irrigation and reduce storm-water runoff
  • Minimize lawn watering and use best practices such as avoiding watering in the heat of the day
  • Use native plants whenever possible to minimize water and pesticide needs

Support a Healthy Environment

  • Consume more veggies and less meat – this saves energy and water, and is better for your overall health
  • Buy local and organic produce – sustainable, locally grown and harvested foods are your best choices
  • Choose sustainable seafood – check out the Aquarium's Sensible Seafood program for your best regional choices
  • Eliminate the use of fertilizers in your garden or lawn – this can save money and protect and restore the health of local waterways
  • Scoop the poop – collect and dispose of pet waste to reduce a major source of contamination in local waterways
  • Properly dispose of trash – especially cigarette butts, plastic bags, and balloons – to keep out of storm drains and local waterways 
  • Be a responsible boater – properly dispose of used gear, trash and other wastes to prevent pollution of local waterways

Helpful Links:

Buy Fresh, Buy Local
Connect to locally grown and produced food to help support small farms and businesses in the Hampton Roads area.

Lynnhaven River Now
Find out more about the local watershed and ways to be a steward of that watershed as a homeowner and visitor to the area.

The Ocean Project
With a wealth of ocean information including green tips and book recommendations, find out more about what it takes to keep our oceans healthy.