The Blank Park Zoo’s Green Team is dedicated to reducing the impact the Zoo’s daily operations has on the environment, educating guests to do their part in helping the planet, and saving the Zoo money through onsite conservation efforts.
In 2014, Blank Park Zoo was awarded the Environmental Impact Award. This award was presented by Metro Waste Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines Water Works, and the Center on Sustainable Communities. This award honors businesses and civic groups who continually demonstrate environmentally sustainable practices.
The Green Team focuses on the following conservation areas of impact around the zoo;
A water bottle filling station can be found in the Discovery Center.
We provide reusable water bottles in the gift shop for guest to purchase.
Rain barrels are placed around the zoo to capture rain water to be used on zoo grounds.
Replacement of light bulbs from standard to LED.
Energy star appliances are used around the zoo; Drink machines, dish washers, refrigerators.
Black out Mondays are implemented during the summer in the zoo administration offices.
Recycle - receptacles for cans, glass, and paper are available throughout the zoo
Eco-Cell – hand held electronic device recycling program
Reuse - Animal Care areas reuse feed bags as trash bags in their areas
Reduce – Reusable plates/utensils/glasses are provided to zoo staff and used during catered events