The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will make significant energy-efficiency upgrades thanks to a gift of $120,094 from the global insurance provider Chubb.
The amount is the value of a credit received by Chubb through the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program. Funds will be used to install energy-efficiency improvements to the Aquarium’s 135,000-square-foot facility.
“We are deeply grateful to Chubb and their local representatives at Peoples United Insurance for selecting The Maritime Aquarium as a recipient of the NAA grant,” said Aquarium President Jason Patlis. “These funds enable us to invest in energy-efficiency projects that we might otherwise have had to postpone, while elevating our ability to be a leader in efficient and green technologies for our operations.”
Jon Pensa, Chubb Senior Vice President and New Haven Branch Manager, said the Aquarium is a natural partner for Chubb.
“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with The Maritime Aquarium, and our support for their conservation efforts makes sense on many levels,” Pensa said. “Good corporate citizenship lies at Chubb’s core — from how we practice our craft, to how we work to make a difference in the communities we serve.”
The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate visitors about – and to create stewards for – Long Island Sound. It accomplishes this by allowing visitors to get close to more than 300 species native to the Sound and its watershed, including sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and other animals. One of the top places for family fun in Connecticut, the Aquarium also features hands-on educational programs and displays, public study cruises out onto the Sound, and Connecticut's largest IMAX movie theater, with a screen that's six stories high. TripAdvisor.com reviewers rate The Maritime Aquarium as one of the Top 20 aquariums in the U.S. and No. 1 in New England.