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Earth Month, Day 16: Celebrate!

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

Earth Month, Day 10: Turning Trash into Treasure

The Zoo has been composting much of its organic waste for over a year now, and has recently begun composting in the Zoo Café. All of the plates, napkins, cutlery and most of the cups are compostable, as well as all of your food scraps.

Did you know that you can compost too, just like that Zoo? You can transform your kitchen and yard waste into a rich, nutritious compost for your garden.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Save the peels, cores, skins, etc. from your food scraps. Mix in with leaves, grass clippings, twigs, etc. into a compost bin or pile.
  2. Turn your compost bin or pile every once in awhile, and make sure it is as wet as a wrung out sponge.
  3. About 3 months later, your food and yard waste will have decomposed into rich, nutritious compost. It should smell like good, earthy soil, be a rich dark color and you shouldn’t be able to recognize anything in it (i.e. a banana peel).

About 60% of overall household waste is compostable. By turning this waste into rich compost, you can keep it out of the landfill and provide your plants with chemical free, nutrient rich soil amendments.

DO Compost in your Backyard Bins/Piles:

  • Fruit & Vegetable Scraps such as orange peels, apple cores, watermelon rinds, carrot tops, potato peels, grape stems, pistachio shells, etc.
  • Coffee grinds and tea bags
  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Straw
  • Twigs and wood chips

DO NOT Compost in your Backyard Bins/Piles:

  • Dairy Products
  • Meat/Fish
  • Oils
  • Pet Waste
  • Weed Seeds

There are great resources around the City to help get your started, including compost bins sold at Park+Vine, classes and information given by the Civic Garden Center or Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District, compost blogs, and  many more.

Next Tuesday, April 17th, the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District will be hosting a Composting Seminar right here at the Cincinnati Zoo at 6:30pm. Registration is required as space is limited.  Details can be found here.

Get started with turning your trash into treasure! Save space in the landfill, create rich compost and watch your garden grow.

 

 

April 10, 2012   2 Comments

Earth Month, Day 2: Happy Earth Month!

Welcome to Earth Month! Join the Zoo in going green to help preserve and protect our environment. We have started with small changes – changing light bulbs, fixing leaks, recycling, etc. – until we were comfortable to move on to bigger changes such as solar panels, geothermal wells and pervious pavement. Follow the Zoo’s blog throughout the month to learn about ways you can go green at home, work or school, as well as find out about green events and other resources in Cincinnati and surrounding areas to celebrate Earth Month, and be inspired to celebrate all year long, not just during the month of April. Start with small changes like we did, such as using reusable bags, changing your light bulbs to energy efficient ones, recycling your waste and composting food and yard scraps. Once you are comfortable with these small changes, you can move on to bigger ones. Soon, you will start to see how these eco-friendly changes can have a big impact on your wallet, your health and the environment. If at any time you have “green” questions, don’t hesitate to contact gogreen@cincinnatizoo.org.

April 2, 2012   No Comments