Green Practices at the Zoo

The Zoo strives to be a leader in conservation and green initiatives, not only here in Pittsburgh, but around the world. We work hard to do our part for the environment by recycling as many items as possible. Use these ideas to get you started at your school!

Ten Zoo Conservation-Minded Efforts:
1. Adopt-A Highway: Our employees sponsor a two-mile section of Butler Street.
2. Recycled Crafts: If you join us for a class at the zoo you will likely make a craft of some recycled material like: Compact discs, neckties, paper towel tubes, out-of-date calendars, and more!
3. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Publications: Our magazine, calendar, and newsletters are printed on recycled paper.
4. Wild Earth Day: Each year, around the time of Earth Day, our Conservation Education Department hosts this special event for school groups.
5. Recycled Office Supplies: Whenever possible, we purchase office products made from recycled materials. For example, our copy paper is made of 30 percent recycled paper.
6. The Green Roof at Water’s Edge conserves water runoff and insulates the building, allowing us to moderate the thermostats by one-half a degree in winter and summer.
7. Seafood Watch Program – The Zoo partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to educate visitors about the importance of maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems. Through the use of a wallet-sized card, visitors are able to determine which seafood choices are the best, which choices require caution, and which choices should be avoided.
8. One Degree of Change: An educational program about how very small changes in your lifestyle can have a very big impact on the environment.
9. Paper Retriever Recycling program: We recycle paper that people drop into our parking lot bin to raise money for non-profit institutions.
10. Project Polar Bear: By connecting with zoos across the U.S. and Canada, Polar Bears International gets kids involved in the effort to save polar bears.


Top 10 Things We Recycle:
1. Plastics (also glass, aluminum, and other metal cans)
2. Office Paper (including newspapers, catalogs, junk mail, etc.)
3. Organic Waste (by composting)
4. Cardboard
5. Computer Cartridges and Toners
6. Cadmium Walkie-Talkie Batteries
7. Other Batteries
8. Light Bulbs
9. Cell Phones
10. Wooden Pallets