Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) September 2018 - Page 19

FALL INTO SUSTAINABILITY Fall is here and the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) (Louisville Chapter) has lots of cool ways to help you act sustainably! See some tips below to help you fall into sustainability this season. Back to School Lawn Care Fall Holidays • Have your child pick out a reusable lunch bag or box. • Pack reusable snack bags or containers for lunchtime goodies. • The weather is beautiful! When waiting to pick up or drop off your child at school, turn off your vehicle. • Try setting up a car pool with other families that live close by to reduce your car- bon dioxide footprint. • Purchase sustainable school supplies. Just look for labels that say eco-friendly. • Keep your lawn in tip top shape with manual and electric alternatives to gas powered tools. • Use organic fertilizers. • Mulch your leaves to protect your lawn. Set aside some leaves for use in your garden to help protect plants throughout the winter. • Get crafty! Gather up supplies you already have around your house and yard to make your own decorations. Pinecones, gourds, leaves and acorns make great embellishments. • Cooking? If you are the cook, visit your local farmers market for seasonal fruits and veggies that are locally grown. • Don’t forget to compost your kitchen scraps! There are lots of great tutorials online if you need help getting started. • If you are driving to your holiday destina- tion, consider purchasing carbon offsets from carbonfund.org. • Finally, if you are giving out or serving any candy or dessert that contains palm oil, make sure it is sustainable palm oil. Check out the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s palm oil app in your apple or android marketplace. Thank you for looking out for wildlife and wild places. From Mayor Greg Fischer Science shows us that access to natural places and activities leads to happier, healthier lives, as well as stronger communities. And by working to improve access and opportunities to explore outdoor activities, Louisville is living our core values of compassion, lifelong learning and improving health. For example, in July, we celebrated West Louisville Appreciation Days. The theme was “nature-based adventure,” introducing individuals and families to the many recreational opportunities that are possible within west Louisville parks. At the same time, the Louisville Zoo brought educational staff and volunteers to share outreach opportunities for attendees to interact with Zoo animals, engage with Zoo staff and learn about the natural world. We know that helping young people connect with nature is good for their minds and bodies. Our parks and the Louisville Zoo provide us with the opportunity to bring nature back into our daily life, whether that means playing together in the fresh outdoors, enjoying the variety of native flora or experiencing the majesty of wildlife we may otherwise never get to enjoy. It teaches us all to consider our place in the natural world, appreciate it more, and feel inspired to protect it. During this season when the weather in our city is so beautiful, I hope you will take the opportunity to get out, reconnect and enjoy these wonderful natural spaces. Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Fall 2018 • 19