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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 -

IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT
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.

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

ENJOY FRIENDLY COMPETITION
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: E-Waste Recycling and Worm Composting

There are 3 green classes (two topics) this October. I hope you can make it to learn about ways to reduce waste! Each class is free, but space is limited! To reserve your spot and receive your free ticket, visit our e-ticketing store.

October 10, 6pm: E-Waste Recycling

2trg, an e-waste (electronic waste) recycler and pledged e-Steward, will address a growing problem that affects everyone – increasing amounts of electronic waste caused by technology obsolescence.  2trg will explain the problems associated with recycling e-waste, discuss solutions offered by the recycling industry, and teach you what to look for when choosing an electronics recycler.

October 17, 6pm & October 24, Noon: Worm Composting

Join representatives from Hamilton County Soil and Water District to learn about how easy it is to vermicompost at home. See a working worm bin first hand and learn about the do’s and don’ts to maintaining your own worm bin. Information will be given about vermicomposting as well as where to get worms to start your own system. Bring your questions and learn all about how worms can eat your garbage!

Questions? Contact gogreen@cincinnatizoo.org

September 30, 2011   1 Comment

Zoo Green Class: Rewards of Recycling!

Join us for one more free green class this month, this time on the rewards of recycling!  Learn exactly what you can and can’t recycle in your curbside bin. Also find out how you can get great benefits from recycling such as gift cards to your favorite restaurants, stores and attractions. Get an update about the City of Cincinnati’s enhanced recycling program. In the past year, the city switched from 18 gallon bins to larger 63 and 96 gallon rolling carts. As of December 2010, with just 50% of the city having received the new carts, the monthly tonnage record was exceeded, in the 21 year history of the program. Over 1500 tons was recycled, 300 tons higher than any month in history. Now, 8 months later, find out how much more has been recycled. RecycleBank will also be here to show how it pays to recycle.

Recycling rates have increased from 40% to 75% in the past year, and have saved the city over $900,000 while creating jobs and diverting so much waste from entering the landfill.

Join us in Frisch’s Theater on Monday, August 29th from Noon to 1pm for this informative class! Class is free for guests with a zoo membership or paid admission, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Fia at (513) 487-3355 by Sunday, August 28th.

August 24, 2011   2 Comments