Carving a path to lessen our environmental impact on the Earth
The Detroit Zoological Society has developed a unique, green roadmap called the Greenprint. This evolving plan guides our operations and is the plan by which we refine and improve our facilities and daily practices, develop new policies and programs and improve green literacy in our community.
Awareness and Innovations
We strive to engage guests, staff and our community in a meaningful and personal way to cultivate relationships and foster environmental awareness that can be passed on to generations.
Our integrated efforts emphasize reducing carbon dioxide emissions while expanding to renewable alternative sources that reduce the environmental impact of energy extraction, production, transfer, and use. Our energy goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity and natural gas use by 20% below 2009 baseline levels by the end of 2015.
The Great Lakes watershed's health is important not only to our local ecosystems and environment, but also to our regional and national health. We achieved our goal to reduce our Zoo-wide water use by 20% below 2009 baseline levels by the end of 2014. We are now developing new goals and encourage you to consider ways to conserve water.
A life-cycle approach to waste management will help us to meet our 2020 zero-waste-to-landfill goal. We not only manage the waste that our operation creates, but we are also starting to analyze what goods come to the Zoo and if they can be managed sustainably. This strategy is key in meeting this challenging goal.
Shades of Green
There are many shades of green and many ways each and every one of us can do something to help the environment. How many shades of green are you? Use this guide to help lighten your impact on the Earth and the animals that share it with us.