Beth Wallace is the Manager of Sustainability for the Detroit Zoological Society.
The Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Café has earned a three star-rating from the Green Restaurant Association!
To achieve this recognition, our partners at Service Systems Associates revitalized an older building into a green paradise by incorporating more eco-friendly practices, from increasing our organic food options and managing water usage with low-flow features to using cutlery made from potato starch and soybean oil and upgrading to energy-efficient heating and cooling.
The Arctic Café is one of only a handful of zoo restaurants in the country to obtain this green certification, and we’re already well on our way to achieving the fourth and final star.
Changes we made in the Artic Café that you can make at home:
- Energy Efficiency: Change out incandescent lighting to CFL or LED to decrease your energy usage and save money on your monthly bills.
- Water Efficiency: Cut your water use in half by adding low-flow screens to your current water fixtures or, as you replace old systems, upgrade to all low-flow water fixtures.
- Reduction in Waste: Contact your local curbside collection company, or your landlord, to see what kind of recycling and compost services they offer. Sometimes companies will add additional options once they hear customers have interest.
- Sustainable Food: Consider locally grown and organic foods first. This helps the local economy and minimizes your carbon footprint.
Are there things you’ve already done in your home to lessen your environmental footprint? Tell us your experience; was it what you expected, surprisingly easy or a big money saver?
Learn more about our green journey.
– Beth Wallace