The Green Award

About the Green Award

This award, established in 2011, is intended to recognize green programs that exist institution-wide in AZA member zoos and aquariums to reduce the environmental impact of the organization from a business operations standpoint.

The leaders of the winning zoos and aquariums will be those who recognize that being green is a good business practice and directly contributes to the conservation of the natural world. The leaders of the winning institutions will have demonstrated commitment to continuous evaluation and improvement directly attributed to the recognition that our conservation mission begins with how we operate our facilities.

This award recognizes the significant efforts that have been made at AZA member institutions to put our conservation mission into action as a model for our industry and our communities.

The criteria in the application guidelines are key components for the evaluation of potential award recipients.

If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible program, please email Barbara Pueschel or call 301-244-3326.

How to Submit an Application

2019 Application and Guidelines are below. Applications are due on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Download the Green Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for Submission (PDF)
Remember to submit a Media Release Form (DOC) with your application.

All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution. AZA has contracted with Webcargo to provide a quick and easy way for you to submit your application. Send your application via Webcargo.

Green Award Winners

See the past winners' applications (member login required)


Significant Achievement
Calgary Zoo


Top Honors
Philadelphia Zoo


Top Honors
Akron Zoological Park


Top Honors

  • Detroit Zoo
  • Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre


Significant Achievement
Detroit Zoo


Top Honors
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden


Top Honors
North Carolina Zoo

Significant Achievement
Oregon Zoo


Top Honors
Denver Zoo

Significant Achievement

  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Woodland Park Zoo  

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