Lead Sponsor of Chesapeake Bay Conservation Initiatives
Generous philanthropic funding from Constellation, an Exelon company, supports an array of Aquarium conservation initiatives. Most recently, Constellation made a $1 million commitment to our waterfront campus project. To celebrate the Aquarium's commitment to clean energy, Constellation will support a solar powered installation on the Waterfront Campus as part of its donation. "The National Aquarium makes an incredible impact through conservation and education programs, and the new Waterfront Campus will expand this reach to even more visitors," said Jim McHugh, Constellation's CEO. "This expansion, which will provide hands-on science education for local students, will highlight the Aquarium's longstanding commitment to clean energy and we're thrilled to support it."
At the Aquarium, Constellation Conservation Carts placed throughout the exhibit galleries educate and entertain guests through conversations with staff experts and opportunities to engage with animals, examine artifacts and explore interactive iPad programs. Topics include choosing sustainable seafood, mitigating marine debris, reducing your carbon footprint, adopting “enjoy-respect-protect” ethics, and addressing ocean acidification, among others.
“Constellation is proud to support the National Aquarium in its efforts to educate and connect the community with the Chesapeake Bay and the importance of environmental stewardship.”
By partnering with Constellation and OneEnergy Renewables on a 4.3-megawatt grid-connection solar generator, the National Aquarium now offsets 40% of its annual electricity usage by supporting renewable sources, including solar power. The solar farm project is part of a 25-year electric supply agreement with Constellation to help the Aquarium manage utility costs and encourage the development of renewable energy in Maryland. As Exelon Corporation Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Nigro explains, the partnership between the Aquarium and Constellation not only supports the Aquarium’s business goals, but also aligns with Exelon and Constellation’s “vision of creating a brighter, more sustainable future for the communities we serve.”
In addition to the use of solar technology, the Aquarium’s partnership with Constellation has made it possible to incorporate other best practices in sustainable operations, such as replacing florescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs throughout the Aquarium’s campus.