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:

As of January 31 2009, 49 percent of the total pounds of fresh or frozen seafood sold at Walmart U.S. have certifications from the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Certification Council.

Walmart currently has:

  • 28 products and counting in our stores that carry the MSC certification
  • 100 percent of the farmed shrimp products purchased meet factory processing criteria established by the Aquaculture Certification Council
  • Additional shrimp catfish, tilapia and salmon farms becoming ACC-certified

Learn more about Walmarts sustainability efforts and how to be more green in your life at Greenovations.


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In 2008, Walmart committed to reduce the weight of its global plastic shopping bag waste at its stores around the world by an average of 33 percent per store.

This commitment could eliminate:

  • Approximately 135 million pounds of plastic shopping bag waste globally
  • Avoid the production of approximately 290,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases
  • Prevent consuming the equivalent of 678,000 barrels of oil every year

Learn more about Walmart's efforts to help the environment and about sustainability in general at Greenovations.


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If you've been by the Science Center lately, you've seen that SUBWAY™ is our new Cafe partner. You might not have known how environmentally focused they are. Here are some of the things Subway has implemented in our restaurants to be more environmentally friendly courtesy of Julie Farr from DiPasqua Enterprises, our SUBWAY™ franchisee:
  • The first SUBWAY™ Eco-Store opened November 9, 2007 in Kissimmee, FL. (Two more have since opened in Oregon and more are in various design stages).
  • Since August 2006, SUBWAY™ restaurants with low-flow sink aerators have saved 41 million gallons of water annually.
  • Only 100% hormone free milk is served at SUBWAY™ restaurants.


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Kim Button is a Green Living Consultant and Environmental Reporter who has a very popular blog on Green issues. She recently posted a few articles related to our Green Building Tour and the other displays we are using to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling.

Article 1, Article 2, Article 3




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