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



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.

Sustainability Stories

Are we the greenest of them all? Sorting waste in search of sustainability!
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





E-Trash Recycling

Recycling cell phones helps save Gorillas!

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!



Sustainability Spotlight



Turning Apples Into Carrots

RadBurros at Woodland Park Zoo




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


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

Zoomazium Building

U.S. Green Building Council, Gold Certification, LEED® 2007

West Entry

U.S. Green Building Council, Gold Certification, LEED® 2011