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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardensNamed “Greenest Zoo”

Cincinnati Zoo GreenIf you’re already missing the green of summer, head down to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The new Historic Vine Street Village entrance at the Cincinnati Zoo helped make it the “greenest” in America. It is the first zoo in the country with multiple Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects and the second zoo in the country to receive LEED Platinum Certification. The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Not only does this zoo have more than 500 animal exhibits and 3,000 plant species, it is the “greenest” spot in Ohio!

Interested in learning more? Check out these links:  Greenest Zoo in America Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens


Green Energy Ohio Renewable Energy Tour makes stops throughout the State

In early October, the Green Energy Ohio Renewable Energy Tour made stops throughout the State of Ohio, showing residents how homes and businesses are investing in energy efficiency, wind, and solar technologies. The Tour, which was held in cooperation with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, is the largest demonstration of installed renewable-energy technologies and building practices in the United States.

In Northeast Ohio, participants had a chance to visit seven energy sites in the Mahoning Valley. Residents in Northwest Ohio had a chance to tour projects at a variety of designated sites. In Central Ohio, zoo-goers were able to view the geothermal system that heats and cools polar bears’ homes at the Columbus Zoo.

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