NOAA’s TSMRI facility goes green

Just in time for Earth Day, the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau has gone green.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility turned off its two oil-fired boilers last week. It’s now warmed entirely with a heat pump system that uses recycled sea water from scientific experiments.

Casey Kelly takes us on a tour.

Officials at NOAA’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau show off the building’s new heat pump system. As of April 13, 2011 the facility hasn’t used its two oil-fired boilers to heat the building. (All photos by Casey Kelly/KTOO).