From orchards behind the scenes to recycling cell phones.
Our commitment to helping the environment has never been stronger! Audubon is saving approximately 890 tons of trash and 400 gallons of cooking oil per month from the landfill. This adds up to 10,704 tons of matter per year.
- 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.
- 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, small plot gardening and more.
- Audubon Catering hosts hundreds of events each year at Audubon Zoo, the Jerome S. Glazer Audubon Tea Room, Audubon Clubhouse and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Adopting a green approach to event menus means targeting sustainable seafood and seasonal food sourced locally from Farmer’s Markets and nearby vendors. In addition, a garden of fresh herbs and vegetables at the Zoo enhances menus at all Audubon event venues. To reduce Audubon Catering’s trash output by thousands of pounds every year, leftover food is delivered—at a rate of 40 pounds a day—to Audubon Zoo’s elephants, Jean and Panya. Other “left-overs” are destined for the compost bin to be processed, packaged and sold as high-quality fertilizer, a popular favorite among gardeners, known as ZooDoo Gold.
- Golfers at Audubon Park Golf Course were the first in the state to use solar-powered golf carts on the green! In November 2012 Audubon became the first golf course in the state of Louisiana to convert its carts to solar-powered. It also makes Audubon one of only a few places in the country to be utilizing this green technology. The carts will use sunlight to charge their power saving money on electricity and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The anticipated energy savings are significant and the rooftop panels attached to the carts are removable so they can be placed on newer carts for extended use.