Environment / Green Program

Conservation plays a big role at Shark Reef Aquarium. We're conscious about our impact on the environment and the use of our natural resources. Because of this, we make a daily effort to conserve energy and resources. Some of our efforts include:

  • "Conserve Energy: Turn off lights when not in use" signs are placed throughout the aquarium light switches.
  • All Shark Reef Aquarium letterhead, envelopes and business cards are printed on 100% post consumer paper.
  • Water conservation plaques are displayed in guest bathroom stalls.
  • 90% of aquarium water is recycled on a monthly basis. This results in 2.1 million gallons of reclaimed water per year.

Did you know? Here are some interesting facts and useful tips to help you conserve.

  • Despite having over 130,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas, hotels and casinos use only 7% of the valley's water supply.
  • Water your lawns and gardens wisely. It's estimated that almost half the water used for outdoor watering is wasted.
  • Take shorter showers. If everyone used one less gallon of water per shower each day, 85 billion gallons of water per year could be saved.
  • Of all the water in the world, 97% is salty or undrinkable and 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. Only 1% is available for all plants, animals, and people.
  • Shark Reef has over 1.6 million gallons of water. 90% of the water in the aquarium is re-used and recycled.
  • Do you drink water when you go out to eat? If just 25% of restaurant guests declined their complimentary glass of water, 26 million gallons of water could be saved each year.
  • Fix those leaky faucets! Even small leaks waste up to 7 gallons of water each day.
  • 40% of all domestic water used is flushed down the toilet. Help save water by never flushing trash down the toilet.
  • You can save up to 5 gallons of water by turning the faucet off each time you brush your teeth.
  • Low-flow toilets use only 1.5 gallons of water each flush, saving about 10.5 gallons of water per person every day.

Here are just a few of the ways Shark Reef gets involved in community conservation efforts.

  • Devil’s Hole Pupfish Program: In cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and Nevada Department of Fish and Wildlife Service, Shark Reef Aquarium is helping to breed and increase the Devil's Hole Pupfish population. This highly endangered fish lives only in a cave with a natural fed spring in Death Valley National Park.
  • Lake Mead Adopt a Cove: Shark Reef staff and families meet three times per year to pick up trash both on the shore and in the water at Lake Mead, Las Vegas's primary source for water.
  • Storm Drain Marking Program: In cooperation with the Conservation District of Southern Nevada, Shark Reef Aquarium participated in the storm drain marking program in the Las Vegas Valley to remind residents not to throw trash or pollutants down the drain as these flow untreated into Lake Mead, our main source of drinking water.
  • In Good Taste: Included in the Passport Guide given to guests who visit the aquarium is the In Good Taste Sustainable Seafood Pocket Guide. This guide informs consumers about the importance of seafood choices for a healthier ocean and seafood populations. The recommendations are credited to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and our partnership with the Seafood Watch Program. Click here for a downloadable version of the guide.