This week, my garden club had an exciting visit to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to hear about the Green Roof on top of the giraffe enclosure.  Steve Folz, Director of Horticulture at the Zoo, discussed their research into green roofs with their roof and others in the cincinnati area. You saw a picture of the giraffe roof as part of the video on the previous post.  It was absolutely impressive to see how they have designed the roof and the benefits it is providing. 

As we heard more about the other Green initiatives at the Zoo and toured Green areas, I realized how little I knew about what they were doing.  The Zoo is more than a non-profit caring for animals or beautiful gardens, it is now an example for all businesses and individuals of things that can be done to protect the environment.

The Zoo is Going Green and You Can, too!

The Zoo's Historic Vine Street Village, which opened in May 2009, received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification - the highest rating award by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Cincinnati Zoo is the first zoo in the nation to complete multiple LEED projects. This new, green entry complex is just one of the many reasons that the Cincinnati Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country.

Go Green Garden Officially Opens Earth Day Weekend

The Cincinnati Zoo will officially open its newest green exhibit, the Go Green Garden, presented by Duke Energy, on Friday, April 23, just in time for Earth Day!

The exhibit highlights the Zoo’s green efforts in terms of green building design, energy efficiency, water conservation, storm water management, solid waste management, and land stewardship. Go Green Challenges throughout the exhibit present tangible suggestions for how visitors can address the same issues at home. The Go Green Garden also acts as the hub for botanical information.

 

Business Courier Awards its First "Green Business Awards"

 The zoo won two of the four Green Business awards. It took the “People” honor for its Harold C. Schott Education Center, which houses a 200-seat theater and its Zoo Academy. It also won the “Planet” award for its “Historic Vine Street Village,” a new main entrance that is designed to handle storm water runoff and save on heating and cooling.

What can you Do?

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardenRecycle your Cell Phone - Benefit African Gorillas!

Recycling cell phones reduces mining for coltan, an ore used in cell phones.  It is mined in gorilla habitats.  The cell phones will raise money for the Zoo's Conservation Fund.  The Zoo will have phone collection boxes at the main ticketing office and at the Gorilla World exhibit.