From water and energy conservation to waste reduction and pollution prevention, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden implements green practices every day. Here are just some of the things we’re doing…
Riverbanks recently installed a solar array, made possible by a PaCE (Palmetto Clean Energy) grant and matching funds from SCE&G, atop the new SCE&G Guest Relations Center. The solar panels help to generate electricity for the guest relations building and create awareness about alternative energy.
Reducing energy consumption by changing all incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent fixtures (and exploring options for the safe, bulk recycling of them).
Increasing energy efficiency by changing HID lights in animal exhibits to T5 fixtures.
Switching to LED lights in our “Lights Before Christmas” displays.
Thanks to the diligence of Riverbanks staff, nearly 3,000 fluorescent light bulbs were properly recycled and kept out of landfills in 2012.
Reducing energy usage through the purchase of more than 2,200 Hanes Comfort Blend Ecosmart Shirts for Zoo Camp each year. The shirts are made from locally grown cotton and at least 5% polyester fibers from recycled plastic bottles, which when added to the cotton require less drying time.
Conducting routine litter pickups along the Saluda River as part of the Adopt-A-Waterway program coordinated by Keep the Midlands Beautiful.