Brevard Zoo Conservation Report 2016 | Page 28

Sustainability Leadership We recognize sustainability as an important component of wildlife conservation and strive to make it a priority in all of our day-to-day operations. Employee representatives from each department have joined together to establish a “green team” responsible for encouraging recycling, waste reduction, energy efficiency and other sustainable strategies throughout the Zoo. In 2014, the Zoo’s green team developed a plan to reduce waste in the animal care department by upcycling animal feed bags.  The totes are sold in the Zoo’s gift shop to fund sustainability efforts. They are a great alternative to the single-use plastic shopping bags that can injure wildlife. Facility Initiatives at Brevard Zoo 27 • Structures made from recycled materials • Gray water reuse in animal care center • LED lighting, zoned HVAC renovations • Recycling bins for staff and visitors • Low-flow toilets in newly renovated areas • Rooftop solar array and educational kiosk