A GREEN ZOO

Welcome to the Emerald City. Our award-winning sustainability efforts are a testament to Seattle's national green leadership.

SUSTAINABILITY

 

E-Trash Recycling



Did you know: Recycling cell phones helps save Gorillas!

How? Recycling electronics helps reduce the demand for Coltan – an ore used to extend battery life in phones and other handheld devices. Coltan mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo destroy habitat critical to endangered species, including the western lowland gorilla.

How can you help? Bring your used handheld electronics to drop-boxes located at both zoo entrances. We accept: cell phones, MP3 players, tablets, adapters, chargers, and the accessories that come with them.

Woodland Park Zoo is proud to partner with ECO-CELL to recycle e-waste responsibly. In 2018, we collected and recycled 270lbs of electronics donated by visitors like you!

Green Team



Our Green Team works with every department across the zoo to influence and advocate for sustainability practices on zoo grounds and beyond, in collaboration with our partners.

Woodland Park Zoo is home to one of the longest standing Green Teams in the industry. Founded in 2001 with a mission to focus on water and energy conservation, our Green Team is a multi-disciplinary group of zoo employees who pursue, promote, and encourage sustainable daily practices at and beyond the zoo. We work closely with our Learning & Innovation, Interpretive and Communications staff to drive both internal and external conservation action and behavioral change.


Stories:

Feasting Green From Farm to Paw
Exhibits Team Making Green Wishes Come True
Zoo Doo Becomes Serious Stuff
What’s Your Green Zoo IQ?
Woodland Park Zoo Goes Plastic Bottle Free

 

READ ABOUT OUR SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS

 

EnviroStars

Woodland Park Zoo was a founding member of EnviroStars, a King County initiative supporting organizations in reducing hazardous materials and waste in order to protect public health, municipal systems and the environment.

In 2017, we renewed our certification under the expanded EnviroStars program. As an EnviroStars “Champion”, the zoo is recognized for taking sustainable actions through saving energy and water, reducing waste and pollution, choosing safer products and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Sustainability Spotlight

 

SUSTAINABLE ZOO PLAN

 

As the region’s premier zoo and aligned with Seattle’s Climate Action Plan goals, we aspire to become our community’s living showcase of sustainability. Our Sustainable Zoo Plan provides a roadmap for preserving and enhancing natural resources that sustain wildlife and the human economy. Our progress is thanks to our public partners, King County voters and the Seattle Park District investment, passionate staff, and committed volunteers and guests.

 

View the Sustainable Zoo Plan

Awards & Recognition

 

Community Impact Awards

2018 Silver Award for Sustainability in Business Operations

Envirostars

Founding initiative member & 2017 renewed EnviroStars Champion certification under expanded program

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

2011 Green Significant Achievement Award. Seattle Business Magazine: 2009 Green Washington Award Non Profit Special Mention

Seattle Business Magazine

2009 Green Washington Award Non Profit Special Mention

Zoomazium Building

U.S. Green Building Council, Gold Certification, LEED® 2007.
West Entry: U.S. Green Building Council, Gold Certification, LEED® 2011