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Fact Sheet: Water Conservation at the Exploratorium

For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2014

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Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367

Fact Sheet: Water Conservation at the Exploratorium

Core to the plan and use of the Exploratorium on Piers 15/17 is sustainability, as reflected in the recently announced LEED Platinum award and in the museum’s ultimate goal to be a net-zero energy building. Water conservation remains integral to both its design and performance strategies.

  • The bay water heating and cooling system eliminates the need for a cooling tower, thereby saving an annual 2,000,000 gallons of water, which would otherwise be lost to evaporation.
  • Water-efficient plumbing technologies used throughout the building—toilets equipped with dual-flush handles, waterless urinals and sinks with low-flow, sensor-operated faucets— reduce water consumption by 30%.
  • Water-heating units located at sinks reduce the need to run faucets while water heats.
  • In response to a dry January, the Exploratorium has reduced running its iconic outdoors art installation, Fog Bridge, from every half hour (115 times a week), to once daily at noon and once on Thursday evenings—a 90% reduction in its water use.
  • The exterior hardscape design of Pier 15 eliminates the need for watering outdoor plants.
  • Rainwater falling onto the Exploratorium’s roof is captured and stored in a 38,600-gallon cistern. It’s then filtered and used for flushing toilets. 
  • Together, the harvested rainwater system and the water-efficient fixtures are designed to save 60% of water usage in a year of average rainfall.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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