Norah Fletchall from the Indianapolis Zoo receiving the EPA Green Power Leadership Award from EPA Official Elizabeth Craig.
Indianapolis Zoo Honored with National and State Environmental AwardsOct 26, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo is extraordinarily pleased to be in
the unique position of being honored for its “green” practices on both the
national and state levels. The nearly
simultaneous recognitions began on Tuesday, Oct. 19, when the Zoo received a
Governor’s Award of Environmental Excellence for its comprehensive recycling
program, followed on Wed., Oct. 20, with the presentation of a 2010 Green Power
Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Zoo Vice President of Operations Tim Savona
accepted the Governor’s Award during the 18th
annual Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts, Inc. conference
and exposition at the Lilly Conference Center
in Indianapolis. The EPA tonight will present its award to the
Zoo’s Vice President for Conservation, Norah Fletchall, at the 2010 Renewable
Energy Markets Conference in Portland,
Both awards speak to the commitment the Indianapolis Zoo has
to its green practices, which include not only the purchase of renewable
electricity and recycling programs for staff and guests, but also reduction of paper usage,
using eco-friendly products, reducing lighting, unplugging unused appliances,
rain recovery systems, water recovery systems in its water facilities, educational
and interpretive conservation programming, and much more.
The Zoo was one of only ten organizations nationwide to receive an EPA Green
Power Leadership Award in the Green Power Purchase category, which recognizes
EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green
power (from renewable electricity sources) from a utility green-pricing
program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC)
supplier. The Zoo is currently purchasing more
than 14 million kilowatt-hours
(kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s purchased
electricity use. According to the EPA,
the Zoo’s current green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly2,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the
equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 1,000 average
American homes annually.
The Zoo is buying a utility green power product from Indianapolis Power & Light and it is the
first zoo in the nation to receive an EPA Green Power Leadership Award.
“The EPA congratulates our
leadership award winners for demonstrating by example the importance of using
clean, renewable energy,” said Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for
Air and Radiation at EPA.
"By using green power, the Indianapolis Zoo is leading the way toward
cleaner air and a healthier environment while helping advance the market for
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
(IDEM) Commissioner Thomas Easterly presented the Indiana Governor's Award for
Environmental Excellence award during the 18th annual Association of
Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts, Inc. conference and exposition at the
Lilly Conference Center.
The Zoo was cited for its commitment to educational programming
that encouraged one million plus annual Zoo visitors to take steps in their own
lives to embrace environmental conservation.
Some of the results include the recycling of over 6.5 tons of paper,
four tons of glass, aluminum and plastic, 520 yards of wood and 24 tons of cardboard.
They also composted 200 yards of waste.
The Zoo has partnered with Ray’s Trash Service on it recycling programs.
An annual awards program
that began in 1994, the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize Indiana's leaders in identifying and
implementing innovative environmental practices into their programs and
facilities. By seeking out and utilizing innovative environmental
practices, these facilities and programs have reduced waste, saved money and
contributed greatly to Indiana's environmental protection efforts, benefiting
the health and welfare of the state's communities.
"The Indianapolis Zoo should be commended for its
commitment to environmental stewardship,” Commissioner Easterly said. “It takes
a great deal of planning to organize such a large scale collection effort.
Their collection can serve an example for all venues that are open to the
About the Indianapolis Zoo
Located in White River State Park downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as a
zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Indianapolis
Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance
animal conservation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium
as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing
excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for
all living things.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary
program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the
environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The
Partnership currently has nearly 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily
purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include
a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small
and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges
and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power
Leadership Awards in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy and the
Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards
categories; Green Power Partner of the Year; On-site Generation; Green Power
Purchase, and Green Power Community of the Year. EPA’s Purchaser awards
recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who
distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership,
overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power
market. The Awards are held in
conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional
information please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations
regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs
and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids business and citizens
in protecting Hoosiers and our environment. Additional information about the
Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence can be found by visiting www.IN.gov/idem/5155.htm.
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