RANT - My Trip To The New California Academy of Sciences

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Nifty-Chicken, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Yesterday was "Free Day" at the newly redesigned and re-openedCalifornia Academy of Sciences.

    There was a LOT of hype about the building being green and signs all over the place about saving resources, reducing carbon dioxide output, etc. etc. etc. All very impressive.

    First thing that rubbed me the wrong way:
    I visited the aquarium... every display, even the tiny ones had 7 inch LCD display screens with info about the animals. In the past they use to have simple backlit plastic displays. There had to be hundreds of these LCD displays. These seemed terribly wasteful (manufacturing, cost, energy consumption, etc.) compared to the simple backlit plastic displays they use to use.

    Now, I'm sure that the displays are way easier to swap out, when it is just a computer screen that they change the display on, but seriously... how often do you think they will be swapping out animals in the aquarium?

    Second MAJOR issue:
    Okay, the last item was just a littler bother, especially to this last experience while leaving the new museum.

    You know how most entertainment places snap a pic of you and the family on your way in? They usually try to sell you on a picture before you leave, right? Well on our way out we thought we'd take a look at our pictures. I was expecting to preview them on a big cool LCD screen where we could choose to print them or not.

    I was FLOORED when I saw the lady take our number, walk over to a large box with hundreds of file folders. I thought, "There is no way they printed these out in advance!!" Well, she pulled out an 8x10 and two 3x5 pics of our family. Now, we looked great, but I was incensed at the waste. I mean, think about it. How many families pass through this place every day... had to be thousands at least! I bet only about 10% of those pictures are purchased and the rest? I doubt they are recycled, but even if they are, they would require a lot of chemicals and energy etc. to recycle them.

    I'm sure they sell a lot more of these having them already printed than having them on a computer screen. I also don't fault them for trying to make some extra $$, but what bothered me is that a place that is marketing the snot out of how earth loving they are would do something so utterly wasteful.

    Anywho, just thought I'd vent on this. I'm probably going to try to contact someone over there and tell them to change their setup as it just looks really bad, especially having visitor's last interaction be one where they are seeing such rampant waste.
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    It sounds completely unreasonable to me! Reminds me of our bank at work. They said they are going green, then all of sudden I start getting copies of every single deposit we make, each on seperate piece of paper and each in it's oun envelope! Do you have any how many deposits we make every day? It's the public bus system!!!!!
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I'd absolutely complain the their administration. Surely they've got a sustainability team of some jind that would like to know how the public is perceiving their displays & attractions.
  4. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] They PRINTED all of the pictures that they took??? Spending 10 zillion to build that beautiful new place and they didn't think to do digital photos? Shocking!
  5. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    Ouch! Someone didn't put on their "thinking cap" when they put that together. Good grief, my 11yo has more sense than that -- and that's saying something, considering she's hormonal! Tell those nitwits to put the pre-printed photos in their pipe and smoke em-- it'd make about as much sense. [​IMG]
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    LCD's don't take that much electricity do they?

    And printing out the pics? That's just idiotic... someone needs to tell them to get a clue.
  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    LCD's are very energy efficient (especially when compared to CRT), but they still use more power than a simple LED back-lit plaque, and without all the extra cost associated with LCD panels.

    But that didn't bug me as much as printing thousands of pictures every day. Maybe I'll give them a call tomorrow.
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Calling them sounds like a great idea. You should also write a letter to the editor. I bet the newspaper would print it.
  9. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    hmmm.... thinking how I can weave a plug for BYC into a letter to the editor about the Academy of Sciences???
  10. farmergal

    farmergal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2008
    Nor Cal
    A good friend of mine works there on education/outreach to local schools... I will have to mention these things to her (it's a huge organization but still).
    The fact that they print out every single photo is really obscene. What a waste!

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