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Our "going green" initiatives created an orchard behind the Zoo to supply fresh fruits for our animals, made our own mulch from tree trimmings, turned everything from spent flowers to shredded paper into compost, and brewed “green” coffee for employees.
Ecologically responsible efforts extended to Audubon offices, where copy machines use only recycled paper, and cell phones, toner cartridges, radio batteries and other items are recycled. Across the Zoo, lights were retrofitted with LED bulbs, and lowered thermostats saved thousands on electric bills. Modifications to prep sinks and hand sinks save water, and motion-activated lights conserve energy.
See how green our garden grows! Developed in 2010, the Zoo’s Conservation Station garden does double duty—providing fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds and worms to enrich animal diets while teaching community members about sustainable practices through Audubon’s go-green initiatives. Along with food production, the green space is a model of water conservation and waste reduction. And it’s the focus of sustainability workshops that explore drip irrigation and water purification, composting methods, small plot gardening and more.