The Green Initiative
In January, 2017 Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo will begin its newest conservation program: The Green Initiative. This 5-year plan aims to to reduce the zoo’s negative environmental impact. Through a focus on conservation efforts, new policies and practices that will improve our ecological footprint, we are striving to become an environmentally sustainable zoo and green leader in Comal County. This strategic plan sets forth both short and long terms goals to ensure a small carbon footprint and a more efficient and productive environment. Our goals are related to the following:
- Waste Management
- Water Conservation
- Green Materials & Products
- Environmental Education
What Are Our Plans?
|Goals: To divert the maximum amount of waste from landfills through source reduction, reuse and recycling.
|Goals: To decrease water usage by increasing conservation and efficiency measures (changes below must be sensitive to water requirements in animal areas).
Green Materials & Products
|Goals: To increase the percentage and variety of environmentally responsible products and materials purchased by and used at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. “Environmentally Responsible” is defined as produced, manufactured, or grown in a manner that is socially and environmentally sustainable. We plan to follow the following environmental credentials: locally produced; contains high percentage of recycled materials; made from rapidly renewable resources; contains minimal packaging; non-toxic and biodegradable. Whenever possible, environmental credentials should be third party certified (primarily through the Forest Stewardship Council).
|Goals: Amplify environmental education efforts in both frequency and variety. Focus communication efforts on staff, volunteers and visitors.