You don't have to look any further than patients in our Sea Turtle Care Center to realize the devastating impact plastic pollution has on our oceans and streams.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (PRWEB) January 31, 2018
The South Carolina Aquarium leads the way in connecting people with water, wildlife and wild places. At the heart of this mission is a commitment to the health of our oceans and local waterways-a sentiment shared by Charleston-based chemical manufacturing company, Ingevity. Today, the Aquarium is thrilled to announce a $300,000 gift from Ingevity to sponsor an ongoing campaign aimed at curbing use of single-use plastics and highlighting innovative alternatives in people's everyday lives.
"You don't have to look any farther than patients in our Sea Turtle Care Center to realize the devastating impact plastic pollution has on our oceans and streams," said Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium President and CEO. "We're grateful to Ingevity for responding to the call and helping us to educate the public about responsible consumption."
The gift from Ingevity will foster more awareness of plastic pollution by funding the creation of the new "Respond Gallery" within the South Carolina Aquarium. Additionally, the gift will provide care for animals affected by plastic pollution by financially supporting the rehabilitation of a sea turtle from rescue through its release.
"Ingevity's sustainability efforts extend beyond our facilities into the communities where we operate," said Michael Wilson, Ingevity President and CEO. "Our goal is to purify, protect and enhance the world around us. The "Respond Gallery" ties into Ingevity's goals by highlighting ways we can all make an impact and protect the environment. We're enthusiastic about the development of this interactive space and the awareness it will bring to the community."
As guests complete their journey from rescue to rehabilitation to release in the Aquarium's working sea turtle care center, Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery, they will end in the new "Respond Gallery," where interactive digital elements, original art, and a collection of plastics removed from sea turtles will inform guests about the harmful effects of single-use plastics on the environment. The Aquarium aims to inform new audiences who may be unaware that these alternatives exist.
Ingevity has also committed to taking a more active role in reducing the amount of litter in the Charleston area and to encouraging the community to take part in keeping the environment litter-free. Late last week, employees from the South Carolina Aquarium and Ingevity joined forces to celebrate the new partnership by participating in a trash and debris clean up at the Folly Boat Landing. More than 300 pieces of debris were collected and logged in the Litter-Free Digital Journal project within the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science mobile application.
Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,500 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT). For more information visit http://www.ingevity.com.
About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston's most-visited attraction, features thousands of aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents sweeping views of the Charleston harbor along with interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.
The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (2 and under) free; Youth (3-12) $22.95; Adults (13+) $29.95. For more information, call (843) 577-FISH (3474), or visit scaquarium.org.