The Brookfield Zoo Greens its Vehicle Fleet

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The Brookfield Zoo Greens its Vehicle Fleet

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Chicago Zoological Society's @Brookfield_Zoo has a green vehicle fleet that makes the dolphins jump for joy! http://3bl.me/cr9hbc

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 1:00pm

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The Chicago Zoological Society has always done a wonderful job at fulfilling its mission statement – “to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature” – since the doors to Brookfield Zoo were opened in 1934. It has built an international reputation for its cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Many of us have been to the Brookfield Zoo countless times to view the incredible animals from antelopes to zebras, and have become better environmental stewards from observing animals and nature that we would otherwise never have seen. The Zoo continues to inspire conservation leadership today, but in a way that goes unnoticed amongst the jumping dolphins and roaring lions.

The Brookfield Zoo is also increasing its sustainability in its fleet of vehicles. Grounds, custodial, and carpenter crews are encouraged to use bicycles and wheelbarrows around the 216 acres of grounds. For larger jobs, the Zoo has invested in several types of eco-friendly vehicles that run on either condensed natural gas or biodiesel. The biodiesel vehicles run on a mix of diesel and soybeans, of which are grown right here in Illinois! These cleaner-burning fuels not only increase the quality of life for the animals; they also emit less greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And, if you are lucky enough to be an employee at the Zoo that carpools or drives a green vehicle, you get the best parking spots available. The next time you go to Brookfield Zoo, ride the Tram and know that the condensed natural gas that the vehicle is running on is good for both the animals and the planet! 

Read more energy conservation stories at www.ilenergysaver.org.

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