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In addition to fostering awareness of the importance of conservation and environment-friendly behaviors, we strive to use best practices in everyday operations at the Zoo.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo Green Team is a group of dedicated staff members that meet monthly to monitor our institutional environmental efforts in order to maintain a sustainable workplace.
GREEN TEAM MISSION STATEMENT: To make the Roger Williams Park Zoo an Environmental Ambassador for the community, its visitors, staff, and volunteers by enhancing, fostering, and inspiring green practices such as recycling, waste reduction, Natural resource conservation, and education.
Green team successes in 2014
Newer pools for animals like anteater and elephants have filtering systems to purify water. In the past we had to empty pools every month and refill them with fresh water. We are saving about 1,000,000 gallons of water per year just in the new elephant pool!
As we build new exhibits we are meeting the most recent federal energy guidelines:
Twice weekly our natural refuse, such as animal bedding materials, manure, leaves, grass clippings and vegetable and fruit peelings are picked up by our trash hauler and delivered to a composting facility.
We have comprehensive procedures for recycling paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, clear plastic bags and wooden pallets. These are collected on Zoo grounds and then delivered to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery.
The following materials are delivered to appropriate recycling or processing facilities:
All veterinary-related biological and medical waste and storage is regulated by the Veterinary staff at Roger Williams Park Zoo. All first aid-related biological and medical waste and storage is regulated by our contracted Emergency Medical Technicians.
We use a compactor to reduce the size of unrecyclable trash and cardboard to help minimize trash volume at the state landfill.
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