This past Saturday was a frigid one but EWB-UC isn't afraid of a little cold. The group arrived to the zoo bundled and ready to go. The day began at the education center, which was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building that the zoo had ever created. Rather than stopping at one "green" building the Cincinnati Zoo started a sustainability overhaul of their entire operation. The zoo's use of pervious pavement helps to catch rainwater as it falls by allowing the water to seep through the walkways rather than flowing over it and being sent off into the gutter. Another amazing accomplishment the zoo has achieved is their construction of the 1.56 megawatt-- 6,400 solar panel parking canopy, the largest canopy of its kind. The zoo had many other awesome green initiatives like their use of wind energy and composting programs. For more information about Cincinnati Zoo vistit their website: http://cincinnatizoo.org.
Thank you to all those who came out to the zoo this past weekend, and a special thanks to Jessica Gearhart for coordinating the tour!