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Sustainability

Brevard Zoo's Mission

"Wildlife Conservation Through Education and Participation"

We believe conservation begins at home, which is why we take extensive measures to ensure our business practices are sustainable as possible.

 

GREEN TEAM

A select group of employees have taken on the responsibility of meeting monthly to ensure that the Zoo continues to be a sustainable organization. This includes a recycling program, enhancing sustainability signage within the Zoo and assisting with special events to minimize waste.

The Green Team is responsible for organizing Party for the Planet, an annual celebration of environmentally friendly living. Party for the Planet is the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ signature Earth Day event and the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America!

 

REUSABLE TOTE BAGS

tote-bagsOur reusable tote bags are upcycled feed bags, given to us by the animal care department and sewn by volunteers from the community. They are available for purchase at our gift shop and the profits go directly to the Zoo’s Green Team and conservation department, which in turn supports efforts right here in Brevard County. To learn more or participate in this project, please email Karina Vega Briceno at kvega@brevardzoo.org.

 

SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL

Palm oil is a very common household ingredient found in products ranging from snack foods to shampoos. It’s produced across the tropics, but comes primarily from Southeast Asia. When grown and harvested unsustainably, this crop threatens the habitats of animals like orangutans and tigers.

Sustainable palm oil growers demonstrate a commitment to their environment, employees and communities. We use products containing sustainable palm oil whenever possible. You can make smart decisions on the go using the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s convenient Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide, available from the App Store and Google Play.

 

CONSERVATION PARTNERS

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BLUE LIFE

Tell us, do you live the Blue Life?

BLUE LIFE is a cooperative partnership among concerned residents, non-profit organizations, local governments, businesses and educational institutions that are determined to reduce the pollutant load into our nationally acclaimed bodies of water including the Indian River Lagoon, St. Johns River and the many tributaries that flow to them.

BLUE LIFE believes that if the community is aware of the common, everyday contaminants that enter into the lagoon and the effects they have on the lagoon system, then residents will willingly choose to adopt personal stewardship practices known as “BLUE LIFEstyles.”

Here’s a simple action you can take to help the Indian River Lagoon and live the BLUE LIFE! Be sure to follow the new summer fertilizing rules in Brevard County. Click here if you’re not sure of the rules.

To find out how you can live the BLUE LIFE and get started today, visit our website at www.BlueLifeFL.org to see for yourself how you can save time, money and the environment.

 

SEAFOOD WATCH

We are proud partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program. This program empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans, which support diverse marine ecosystems for the future. Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch® assesses how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones to “Avoid.”

 

Litter-QuitterLITTER QUITTER

We are a proud partner of Litter Quitter, a Keep Brevard Beautiful program that partners with local businesses to encourage the reduction of common sources of litter like single-use plastics, plastic bags and Styrofoam. For more information on Litter Quitter and how you can get involved as a member business or a public outreach volunteer, e-mail Keep Brevard Beautiful volunteer and events coordinator Allison Arteaga at allison.kbb@gmail.com.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Raise your thermostat setting five degrees in the summer when no one is home and do the opposite in the winter
  • Unplug mobile phone chargers and other devices when not in use
  • Recycle your old cell phones
  • Water your lawn twice a week or less
  • Plant low-maintenance or native plants around your home to reduce water consumption and attract wildlife
  • Purchase paper with some recycled content
  • Stop using plastic straws and single-use water bottles

 

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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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