The Hicks Family and Nissan Make Major, Green Donations to the Texas State Aquarium

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September 28, 2012

NissanLeaf1CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS –The Texas State Aquarium Association (TSAA) is pleased to announce that Ed Hicks Nissan has generously donated a Nissan Leaf – since custom wrapped with the Aquarium’s logo and educational information – to the facility, a nationally recognized not-for-profit AZA-accredited aquarium. Additionally, Nissan North America, Inc. has donated an electric car charging station to the TSA, which will be the first of its kind at a cultural attraction in South Texas and will further the facility’s ongoing efforts to operate as sustainably as possible.

According to Charlie Hicks, Dealer Principal of Ed Hicks Nissan, “Our family is proud to be a part of the TSA’s sustainable operations efforts and recognize the Nissan Leaf as a true zero emission vehicle that symbolizes the electric vehicle movement as a viable alternative to gasoline-powered automobiles. From the seats made of recycled water bottles to the Leaf’s regenerative braking system, this five-star safety rated vehicle provides the equivalent of 106 miles per gallon without using a single drop of gas.”

The electric car charging station at the Texas State Aquarium is a high-voltage, high-current charging system which can completely recharge the Nissan Leaf in less than eight hours while saving on energy costs by scheduling off-peak charging through its intelligent power management system.

Texas State Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid commented, “The Nissan Leaf is another wonderful gift from a wonderfully generous family. For over 25 years, the Hicks family has supported the Aquarium, making significant investments to grow our education and exhibit programming and our wildlife rehabilitation efforts. With this donation, the Hicks family is demonstrating its strong commitment to sustainable operations and a sustainable future.”

Schmid continued, “We are honored by the generosity of Nissan North America, Inc., which has allowed the Texas State Aquarium to become the first cultural attraction in South Texas able to offer its guests an electric car charging station. We are excited to offer this environmentally-friendly option to our guests.”

The Aquarium places much importance on its steps toward sustainable operations, which include: Xeriscape landscaping, solar panels, automated light switches and faucets, waterless urinals, compostable restaurant supplies, a cleaning and filtration system on our waterfall basins, and extensive recycling throughout the facility

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