Life Technologies is a founding sponsor of the Carlsbad Beach Fest, a free and fun filled event celebrating clean recreation with good beach stewardship.

This annual celebration brings the community together near the corporate office of Life Technologies along the local beach for a fun filled day of educational and recreational events. All of the events are wrapped around the idea of enjoying the beach in a responsible way that preserves it's natural beauty by minimizing the impacts of pollution from fuels, trash and other harmful consequences of careless beach recreation.

Growing from 850 people in 2008 to more than 7,000 in 2011, Carlsbad Beach Fest is recognized as one of Carlsbad’s most important events of the year. More than 120,000 people are expected at the fifth annual Carlsbad Beach Fest tomorrow June 9, 2012.

The mission behind this event is to highlight our coastal playground as an irreplaceable resource and to show appreciation for its beauty and value.

Life Technologies is proud to participate in beach stewardship activities at this weekend's beach fest including a massive beach clean up and volunteering time in a booth that will provide environmental education.

This year the Life Technologies booth will feature a game that focuses on Algae oil as a potential future fuel source. This fun activity will engage the public and educate participants about the importance of conservation and the environment.

Why Algae? What better place to learn about Algae oil than at the beach.

Biofuels are an emerging global solution, few things are certain in life, but one constant remains: a finite supply of fossil fuels cannot sustain the needs of a world population of 7 billion people. The need for biofuels is rapidly evolving at a global scale.

With a limited natural supply and a growing global demand, synthetic biology provides an important alternative energy solution and the beach is the perfect place to demonstrate the possibilities.