How about that! Greenest restaurant in America! In fact, when the Green Restaurant Association took a look at our new Base Camp Café, the Cincinnati Zoo scored the highest sustainability rating of any restaurant EVER! We’re composting and getting out of the landfill. We’re serving fresher, local foods. And we’re working toward a monster goal of having our zoo visitors eat as well as our animals!
And it’s not just our restaurant . . .
Over the past 7 years the Cincinnati Zoo has become nationally known as “The Greenest Zoo in America.” And this isn’t just a branding campaign or a marketing plan, we have the data to back it up. The Cincinnati Zoo uses 1/3 the water we used in 2006, when we began our big sustainability push. And though we have added 25% more buildings, animal exhibits, and facilities since then, we use LESS electricity and natural gas than we did back then. And it’s important to note that we didn’t accomplish this by blowing money on big new systems. In fact, part of why our “Go Green” program is so effective is that we actually save a fortune through our sustainability programs. That way, we can invest those utility savings in upkeep and improving the zoo – for both our animals and our visitors.
The Way Forward
Of course, it’s not about winning awards or recognition. The Cincinnati Zoo models effective ways to “Go Green” because it is good for our community and good for our world, as well as our bottom line. The big challenges that both wildlife and people face in the 21st Century are not going to be solved top-down. There is no magic wand that the World Wildlife Fund or the EPA can wave to save the world. Even huge problems like habitat loss and climate change will only be solved by hundreds of millions of better, more informed, decisions being made every day across America. Today the US leads the world in consumption. We can also lead the way in going green.
Come over to the Cincinnati Zoo and we’ll show you how.