Green Summit

Monday, March 24

Green Summit Opening Session 
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for the opening of the fourth annual AZA Green Summit, hosted by the AZA Green Scientific Advisory Group (GSAG). Attendees will hear from GSAG members on the latest developments in helping AZA institutions develop sustainability into their operations.

Smart Building Trends
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Smart buildings" are on the rise now, with "living buildings" the future for leading zoos and aquariums.  This session is designed to share how wise planning and smart technology can help meet sustainability goals of a facility and highlight achievements for building owners/managers, Boards, staff, volunteers and visitors.  Examples will be shared via video, slides and discussions with sustainability managers, facilities directors and a green architect.  The goal is to inspire sustainable planning/action at whatever level your facility is currently.

•Larry Sammons, Woodland Park Zoo
•Glenn Sonntag, Philadelphia Zoo
•Chris Overdorf, ELM Environments

Tuesday, March 25

Collaborative Thinking Session: Focus on Sustainability and Safety
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

We are pleased to announce an exciting Collaborative Thinking Session.  We will be discussing topics of mutual interest, including chemical safety, energy conservation and safe practices on-the-job.  Plan on attending what is sure to be a lively exchange of ideas to keep our facilities both as green and safe as possible.  Facilities managers, animal care experts, public relations….all can lend their expertise to this discussion. 

Sustainability Tour of the Memphis Zoo
Zoo Day: 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sustainability Tour: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn first-hand what the Memphis Zoo is doing in their effort to go green and operate sustainably. 

  • 3:00pm – Event Revenue Generating Initiatives - Nancy Kelso, VP of Guest Services and Tim Dalfiume, Director of Events
  • 3:30pm – Memphis Zoo Green Initiatives – Dr. Andrew (Andy) Kouba, Director of Conservation and Research

Wednesday, March 26

Green Collaborative Thinking Session 
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Informal roundtable topics led by a facilitator regarding the topics' challenges, opportunities, etc. This is your chance to discuss emerging trends and metrics with your fellow colleagues. Attendees are encouraged to bring information to share regarding specific questions, or challenges they have faced within their own organization associated with these topics.

Topics include: Energy, Water, Waste, and Planning