Cincinnati Zoo receives 'Green Award'

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced that the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has been recognized for its Significant Achievement in the newly established Green Award for its outstanding environmental consciousness and institutional green practices.

The Green Award recognizes programs that exist institution-wide to reduce the environmental impact of the organization from a business operations standpoint.

"The Cincinnati Zoo recognizes that how it operates its facilities is an important part of conservation," said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. "AZA applauds Cincinnati Zoo for aggressively incorporating green practices into its business model."

In 2006, the Cincinnati Zoo implemented an aggressive sustainability program.

"At the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, we realize the importance of sustainability, not only to fulfill our mission of conservation but to uphold our bottom line," said Cincinnati Zoo Director, Thane Maynard. "Sustainability is a practice that has been incorporated into our daily operations, and has become an integral part of our strategic plan."

The Zoo features more than 500 animals and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. For more information, visit

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