April is Earth Month, and while we encourage our community to be earth-friendly all year round, we’ll take the opportunity to really drive the message home during our 4th annual “Party for the Planet” this Thursday, April 18. It’s a celebration of the Earth, and a festival for all things “green” in Cincinnati. Businesses and organizations from around the regions will be on hand at the Greenest Zoo in America to share their expertise and resources about living more sustainability within our communities. Topics include solar energy, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, green building, rain gardens/barrels, sustainable food, green products, and many more.
In addition to learning ways to go green, also visit the Go Green Garden for the Rain Barrel Painting Event, hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo, Save Local Waters and the Regional Stormwater Collaborative. Rain barrels are an easy and inexpensive way to conserve water and save money, and for homeowners to take one small action that collectively will have a major impact on our local environment. Local artists have done their part to motivate area homeowners to save rainwater in dazzling beautiful rain barrels. The typical dull green or drab rain barrel has been revamped into a creative and colorful accent piece that will make any homeowner proud to use in their landscaping. Participate in the People’s Choice Award and vote for your favorite painted rain barrel online. Guests will be able to bid on their favorite barrels for purchase during a silent auction from 6:30-8pm.
Cohen, the official electronics recycling partner of the Cincinnati Zoo, is sponsoring an e-waste collection event during Party for the Planet. Recycle your unwanted e-waste with the Zoo’s certified e-waste recycler, where your electronics will be recycled in a responsible way and all data storage devices cleared properly. For every item donated, Cohen will make a donation to the Zoo’s Project Saving Species.
A convenient drive through drop-off will be set up in the Zoo’s parking lot on the corner of Erkenbrecher and Vine Street. Guests can drop off their items between 4 and 8pm before heading into the Zoo to enjoy Tunes & Blooms and Party for the Planet! Acceptable items include: personal computers, keyboards, servers, mice, routers, wires, switches, laptops, modems, rechargeable batteries, telephones, small home appliances, docking stations, printers, LCD screens, cell phones, fax machines, copiers, speakers, cable/satellite boxes, CRT monitors, TVs, stereos/VCRs, and remotes. A $10 cash fee will be charged for each CRT monitor and TV (27″ or under) collected. TVs larger than 27” will be charged $20 cash.
To learn more about Cohen and the electronics recycling programs, visit cohenusa.com
Party for the Planet takes place during Tunes & Blooms, a weekly concert Thursdays in April, featuring local musicians. This Thursday Shiny & the Spoon and Shiny Old Soul will be performing. It is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful tulips and other spring flowers the Zoo has planted, listen to some great, local music, learn about ways to go green, and enjoy the spring evening with your family and friends. And, enjoy Zoo Blooms all around.
The Party occurs from 4-8:30pm and is free with Zoo admission. Admission to the Zoo is FREE after 5pm and parking is $8
April 15, 2013 No Comments
Celebrate Earth Day, and Earth Month, by attending one of the many festival and celebrations around town.
The Zoo is celebrating this Thursday, April 19th with it’s 3rd Annual Party for the Planet! The party starts at 4pm and goes until 8:30pm. It is free with admission, and admission is free after 5pm. 30 exhibitors will be lined up along Swan Lake Bridge, ready to share resources and information so that you can go green in your own home. Many are family friendly with kids activities. During the celebration, 2trg will be collecting e-waste from 4-6:30pm in the parking lot on the corner of Erkenbrecher Ave. and Vine St. Bring your old computers, printers, CD players, cables, telephones and more for free e-waste recycling. Enjoy the Tunes and Blooms free concert that will be happening at the same time!
On Saturday, April 21st from Noon-5pm, Cincinnati’s Earth Day Celebration will be in full swing at Sawyer Point. Enjoy live music, kids activities, earth friendly exhibitors and vendors, live animals and much more. The Cincinnati Zoo will be hosting a booth complete with our green story as well as friendly, furry, feathery and scaly Zoo friends. Come down and visit us!
Can’t make it to a festival? Celebrate with your family by spending the day talking about ways to help the Earth, and do eco-friendly activities around your house. Compost, build a bird feeder, plant a garden, clean your house with natural ingredients, create art using natural materials and more.
April 16, 2012 No Comments
The proper disposal of electronic waste has become a major concern of businesses large and small. This FREE seminar this Thursday at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is designed to help business and nonprofit leaders learn best practices for safe and responsible electronics disposal and recycling. The seminar is presented by 2trg, in partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Green Umbrella & the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environmental Quality. We hope you can join us! The seminar takes place this Thursday, March 29th from 3:30-5:30pm.
Our special guest speaker is Mike Enberg, the e-Stewards Enterprise Manager with the Basel Action Network based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1997, BAN has become the leading global source of information and advocacy on toxic trade and international hazardous waste treaties. It has developed market-based solutions that rely on the highest standards for globally responsible recycling and rigorous independent certification to those standards.
Mike will address the following topics relevant to all businesses and organizations:
- Current e-waste disposal regulations
- Best practices for creating an electronic waste recycling program for your organization with an emphasis on protecting assets and limiting risk
- Differences in the two accredited e-waste recycler certification standards: R2 & e-Stewards
- Why businesses and organizations should work with certified recyclers
- Participation in the e-Stewards Enterprise program
Learn more about sustainable practices from the Cincinnati Zoo, hailed as “the greenest Zoo in America”; 2trg, who recently earned the prestigious e-Stewards and R2 certifications; Green Umbrella, the region’s sustainability initiative; and the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environmental Quality, responsible for the Green Cincinnati Plan.
Space is limited for this seminar so please RSVP today at: http://technologyrecyclingseminar.eventbrite.com/. Admission and parking to the Zoo is FREE for seminar participants.
March 26, 2012 No Comments