President’s Message

The Science of Sustainability

The Orlando Science Center has embarked on a major retrofit of its facility so that we can help lead the community by example in the use of sustainable technologies. Born out of a need for a new HVAC system and a strong commitment to environmental stewardship, our “Green Building” project will consist of four primary elements: a new HVAC system, a lighting upgrade, a full roof replacement, and installation of a 45Kw solar power system.

It is expected that these changes will produce a significant reduction in energy consumption and will serve as the cornerstone for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building certification. We are grateful to the City of Orlando and Orange County who assisted in securing federal stimulus dollars and to the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Council, OUC the Reliable One and Darden Environmental Trust for significant grants towards this project. Many thanks also go to our project partners Irvine Mechanical and Azur Solar.

Our new HVAC system will be up and running by this summer, ensuring that the Science Center will once again be the “coolest” place for camps, exhibits, and special programs. It is very important to us that these new enhancements serve an educational, as well as an operational, purpose. We want to inform the public about sustainable technologies by showing their real world applications. “Backstage” tours will be available for guests to discover the science behind keeping our guests comfortable while also learning how our operations are being kinder to Mother Earth in the process.

Soon after the HVAC system is online, the Science Center will begin generating solar power from panels installed on the roof of the Dr. Phillips CineDome, which will help offset our electricity costs. An added benefit to these new installations includes resealing our roof so no more leaks adding “atmosphere” to your experience while visiting DinoDigs.

In the near future, the Science Center’s lighting will also be retrofitted with more energy efficient systems. Displays explaining how this technology works and contributes to our overall sustainability efforts will be placed in key areas, allowing us to use our infrastructure for education. The Science Center is a great place to explain science concepts in a fun way, but we can also be a powerful community forum to promote how we can all use science and technology to make our world better.

JoAnn Newman
President and CEO


Energize your world

Power Your own city in Energize, a video game developed by UCF's Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy in partnership with Orlando Science Center.  Energize challenges you to use all of the energy tools at your disposal to makea city run efficiently, safely and economically.



Check out the articles below for continuing updates about our Green Building Project:

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We recently received a generous amount of carpeting from a large hospitality partner. The carpeting was over 24,000 square feet, and it now covers the Orlando Science Center’s founder’s room, parts of the executive offices as well as areas in DinoDigs. It replaced the older carpet that had met the end of its life.

Simple acts like these are seen in various office buildings and corporations and non-profits. If we recycle the unused or gently used material that we have to organizations that can utilize it, then we are helping to make the world a greener place. After all, someone’s trash is most of the time someone’s treasure so think twice before throwing away items that you don’t want, because someone out there would love to have it.

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Energy saving light bulbs are more than just a popular trend, they’re literally a ‘light saver.’ Although they cost about $5 more than the average bulb, they save approximately $30 or more per household during its lifetime by using 16 watts instead of 60 watts of energy. Using fewer watts, energy saving light bulbs generate less heat and allow homes to remain cooler. They’re proven to be 80% more efficient compared to a regular light bulb, so it’s no wonder that people are switching to a brighter solution.



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Composting is an easy way to reduce waste and it also benefits plants and soil. According to, you need an equal proportion of browns, greens, air and water to make compost. Browns are dry, woody materials (leaves, shrub clippings, pine needles, newspaper, etc.) while greens are moist, nitrogen-fied materials (fruit and vegetable peelings, grass clippings, weeds, and the like). Mix the browns and greens equally and make sure the compost is kept as moist as a wrung-out sponge. Once your mixture has a nice, earthy smell and appears like coffee grounds, it’s ready to be used!

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