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Aventuras Salvajes En California (2000): Es una expedición virtual que te deslizara desde las montañas junto con snowboarders, girando por los aires de San Diego con skysurfers, nadando los océanos junto con las nutrias, excavando desde treinta metros...
Rolling Stones [IMAX]at the MAXSpecial limited engagement! See the Stones: Bigger and louder than ever before! Shot on location in Turin, Berlin and London, Rolling Stones at the MAX features the band performing during their highly-acclaimed Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour. The Stones...
The Discoverers [IMAX]Feel the Courage. Live the Adventure.This film will show as part of Senior Monday on Monday, Dec. 2, only. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Daniel J. Boorstin, this stunning film relives some of mankind's greatest moments of discovery, including Magellan's expedition to find the...
Back for a limited run in December 2013! Encounter the wilds of California as you sky surf over San Diego at 150mph, ride down a 25-foot wave at Maverick’s, snowboard the Sierra’s highest peaks and drop 130 feet into the center of a giant Sequoia! From...
What you can't see is right before your eyes!Mysteries of the Unseen World provides you with an incredible look at things that are normally too slow, too fast, too small or too vast for the human eye to see. The film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and...
Technology Takes OffExplore aerodynamics and flight technology in the Fleet’s newest exhibition, On the Fly: Technology Takes Off. The exhibition features multiple daily performances by small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), complemented by interactive stations where...
The Instrument That Rocked the WorldStarting December 20th, the Fleet Science Center will ROCK you! The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is cranking science up to 11 this winter with the West Coast premiere of GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World! Experience the guitar through...
Get Your Hands On ScienceOur Main Gallery exhibition combines some of our all-time favorites with exciting interactive exhibits from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. This collection features opportunities to explore mechanics, motion, math, hearing, electricity and many other...
Celebrate the Season at the FleetBalboa Park December Nights is the largest free community festival in San Diego. Come to Balboa Park and celebrate the holidays with lights, food, music and fun. The two-day extravaganza, Balboa Park's holiday gift to San Diego, features international...
A Live Concert Series Celebrating GUITARThe Fleet is ready to ROCK with our first-ever live concert series! Each show will feature: Two performances: an awesome opening act and a rockin' headliner Food for purchase from The French Gourmet Beer, wine and cocktails available at the no-...
An Early Morning Comet ISON CelebrationCOFFEE & COMETS is an early morning celebration for Comet ISON on Tuesday, November 26, at 5:30AM! This event has reached its registration capacity. SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST HERE Comet ISON has raised a lot of hope among skywatchers. The comet is...
The First Monday of Each MonthThe first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet'...
The Science of ROCKOur next Science on the Rocks party is Thursday, January 23: The Science of ROCK! Our most recent party was on October 17. Look for pictures on our Science on the Rocks Facebook page soon. Didn't make it? Here's what you missed: Fall in love with...
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Doing Our Part
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center received LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance in May of 2010. Through the process to achieve LEED certification, many steps have been taken to proactively green both visitors spaces and behind-the-scenes work areas.
Since an expansion to the building in 1998, the Fleet Science Center has worked to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption. In fact, thanks to new technologies and energy-saving strategies, the Fleet now consumes less energy today than it did prior to the1998 expansion, which doubled the size of the facility.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.
- The Fleet has partnered with eight science centers, as well as National Geographic and GE, to collaborate in energy education through a project called Connect! Transform the Future.
- Plan It Green—In this online game, players design and create an energy-efficient city. http://www.planitgreenlive.com/
- Energy Education Materials—Teachers, check out these free online resources for engaging students in science, social studies and geography concepts related to energy: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/collections/connect-energy/
- The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) unveiled the installation of more than 10,000 square feet of solar panels on the roof of the Science Center in the March of 2007. The Fleet was the first San Diego museum to install a solar power system of this magnitude.
- The installation generates more than 100 kilowatts of clean electricity at peak production – enough to light 1,700 60-watt light bulbs, or power about 65 homes.
- Owned and operated by SDG&E, the solar panels feed electricity directly into the region’s power grid. This contribution of clean solar energy will prevent the release of approximately 60 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. Scientists are now convinced that carbon dioxide is one of the primary agents contributing to global warming.
- In addition to generating clean electricity, the solar panel system is the centerpiece of a hands-on science exhibition at the Fleet called “So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy”.
- Race to Recycle – The Fleet has partnered with Motorola to help you recycle your old cell phone. Visit the Fleet to deposit your old cell phone and we’ll take care of the rest. Proceeds generated from intact cell phones that are recycled through Motorola benefit the Fleet’s education programs.
- “Green Day” – this public day dedicated to living green features a Solar Car activity where participants can use solar cells, motors, and various recycled materials to design and build a solar car to take home. Students from local High Schools also collaborate with the public for climate related activities.
- In May of 2010, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB: O&M) for its sustainable efforts. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance, environmentally responsible buildings. The Fleet Science Center is the first building in Balboa Park to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
- The City of San Diego has honored the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center as a “Recycler of the Year,” for the past three consecutive years (2008, 2009 and 2010), in their Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards Program.
- The Center for Sustainable Energy named the Fleet Science Center as Runner Up for the Special Achievement by a Non-Profit Award at the 2007 San Diego Excellence in Energy (SANDEE) Awards. The award honors organizations that show leadership in saving energy and contributing to the creation of a sustainable energy future for the San Diego region.
- Except for some specialty bulbs, all lighting throughout the Fleet utilizes fluorescent, compact fluorescent, or LED bulbs. These lights provide the same amount of illumination, last longer and use at least 60% less energy than traditional lights.
- Use of Energy Star® rated equipment throughout the building.
- Lights throughout the building are controlled with an automated system and motion sensors, which ensure that lights remain on only when needed.
- Windows on the south side of the building are double-paned and tinted to help maintain a comfortable temperature inside and reduce air-conditioning needs.
- The Fleet recently converted its central chiller plant, part of the air conditioning system, from natural gas to electricity – improving its efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This resulted in a 60% reduction in the Fleet’s natural gas usage and only a minimal increase in our electricity usage.
- The heating and air conditioning system throughout the Fleet is controlled automatically through an Energy Management Computer.
- The air distribution system in the Heikoff Dome Theater where IMAX® films are screened features an advanced CO2 (carbon dioxide) sensor that determines whether there are people inside the theater. As more people enter the theater, the system automatically increases air flow to compensate, providing fresh air and maintaining the theater at a comfortable temperature. When the theater is empty, the system puts itself into an idle state.
- Use of automated water faucets to reduce water consumption.
- All toilets throughout the building are low-flow (1.6 gpf).
- All 10 urinals in the building are waterless, saving up to 450,000 gallons of water per year.
- 33% of total waste generated at the Fleet is recycled; we are working toward a 40% recycle rate.
- 100% of used batteries, light bulbs and electronic equipment are recycled.
- Recycled paper products are used whenever possible (i.e. copy paper, visitor brochures, tissues, napkins, etc.)
- All of our custodial and cleaning chemicals are “green” certified.
- Non-hazardous materials are used throughout the building wherever possible.
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