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LED Christmas Light Exchange

The holiday season is upon us, with Thanksgiving just around the corner. The Cincinnati Zoo’s annual PNC Festival of Lights begins the evening of November 23, but preparations have already been in progress since mid-August. With over two-million LED lights to hang, it is no wonder we start so early. As guests enter the Zoo they will be welcomed by a breath-taking 35-foot-tall tree, blanketed with more than 20,000 LED lights in the Zoo’s Historic Vine Street Village. Even more lights are hung throughout the park, and a Wild Lights Show will occur on Swan Lake. Making the switch over from incandescent lights to LED lights was an easy, green decision to make. In doing so, the Zoo uses 85% less energy, making the event greener than ever.

You can join in the savings as well. As you start to pull out your boxes of decorations and untangle those lights, think about upgrading them to LEDs, if you haven’t already, which consume considerably less energy than incandescent lights. Home Depot is running their trade-in special to help customers get rid of their old incandescent lights and upgrade to LEDs. Bring in your old broken or used incandescent holiday light strings to be recycled at The Home Depot® and receive a $3-$5 discount (based on the product) on a single receipt in-store purchase of LED lights. Receive the discount for each string recycled.  Limit 5 discounts per customer. The light exchange runs now through November 14, 2012. B e green this holiday season, and don’t forget to come to the Festival of Lights!


November 6, 2012   1 Comment

What’s Your Green Umbrella?

Last Thursday, the Green Umbrella website was officially launched at a press conference held here at the Cincinnati Zoo. Green Umbrella is the region’s sustainability alliance, bringing together over 100 different organizations dedicated to reducing carbon emissions, conserving water, saving resources and going green. 8 different action teams are coming together to focus on specific topics and challenges in our region, such as land, outdoor recreation and education, local food, energy conservation, renewable energy, transportation, waste reduction and watershed management/water quality. The “What’s Your Green Umbrella?” campaign is inviting individuals to register on the website and start tracking the green actions you take. As you track these actions, the amount of money you save as well as how many tons of CO2 kept out of the atmosphere is tracked as well.

All you need to do is go to the “What’s Your Green Umbrella?” website and register! Once registered, you can join the Cincinnati Zoo’s Group and our actions will be tracked so we can collectively see the big impact we are having – all are welcome including you (our guests), Zoo staff and Zoo volunteers. Help us continue to shine as the greenest zoo in America, and sign up and start tracking your actions. By registering, you will be entered to win numerous prizes, including $25 gift certificates to Home Depot, a one year membership to the Cincinnati Nature Center, and even a lifetime membership to the Cincinnati Zoo.

A few reasons to participate –

The quality of the region’s environment needs attention. By joining together we will have a huge impact on the future of the community and the health and well-being of our friends and neighbors.

Using less energy means spending less money. It is that simple. This site will provide tips and recommendations to save you the most money!

Join your affiliated groups (like the Zoo!) on this site and add your efforts to their total. Show the region that the Zoo’s community makes the most impact!

The site will continue to evolve and include different actions that you can take, as well as provide tips and resources to help go green, save money and save resources. Sign up today and start tracking your progress!

October 31, 2011   1 Comment

Zoo Green Classes: Energy Efficiency & Rain Gardens

The Zoo is offering 2 free green classes this month. Details are below.

September 19, 2011, 6-7 pm

“Saving Money & Increasing Comfort with Energy Efficiency”  

This program will cover the basics of energy in your home and discuss low-cost/no-cost ways to reduce energy consumption while increasing home comfort and saving money.  Information about home energy audits will also be covered. (presented by GCEA)

September 26, 2011, CLASS CANCELED.

Unfortunately, the rain garden class has been canceled. Stay tuned for future classes. If you would like information regarding rain gardens, please email [email protected]

“An Introduction to Rain Gardens”

An introduction to rain garden design and construction, including site analysis/inventory, determining soil infiltration rates, determining rain garden size (surface size/depth) and location, plant selection, soil preparation, and maintenance. The class will be geared toward small-scale residential rain applications, but will also touch on larger applications. (presented by Mill Creek Watershed and Vivian, Llambi & Associates)

Both classes will be held in Frisch’s Theater and are free! Please RSVP by calling (513) 487-3355 or email [email protected] if you plan on attending either or both of these classes.

September 12, 2011   No Comments