Every day is Earth Day at the Greensboro Science Center! But, on this official Earth Day, we thought we’d highlight just a few of the Center’s conservation efforts.
Recycling is a high priority with our staff. Like many good citizens, we recycle common items such as cans, bottles, paper, plastic and glass. We also recycle our used batteries, printer cartridges and scrap metal. On a more non-traditional note, we have the unique opportunity to recycle animal feces into “zoo doo” compost for use around the facility. The picture on the left shows a garden planted recently using this special compost.
If you’ve visited our Maned Wolf Exhibit, you’ve probably seen the signs describing its green construction. Much of the building is made from recycled or salvaged materials to keep these items out of our landfills. We also used local sources as much as possible to minimize our carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of travel needed to transport materials. You may also notice the roof of the building contains PVC panels. Solar power is used to provide electricity for power and hot water in this exhibit.
In other exhibits where solar power isn’t currently an option, we are trying to lower our energy consumption by setting our thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer, turning off lights when we leave back offices and putting certain lights on timers.
Our staff is also very big on re-using as much as possible. We are also constantly and re-purposing a variety of items for craft and camp supplies as well as for animal exhibit furniture and enrichment. We’re also trying to inspire others to reduce, reuse and recycle by sharing ways to repurpose common household items on our “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” pinterest board.