LOUISVILLE ZOO MEDIA RELEASE
April 12, 2012
CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Earth Day Festival
The Louisville Zoo will Celebrate Earth Day
April 22 with $2 admission
and an Earth Day Festival sponsored by LG&E
The Louisville Zoo will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a news conference and tree-planting ceremony, $2 general admission and activities to celebrate sustainability. Patrons can learn more about the Zoo’s conservation efforts and visit dozens of “eco-themed” exhibitors.
Sponsored by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, the Earth Day Festival culminates the Zoo’s “Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth” in April. Admission for the general public on April 22 is just $2 per person all day courtesy of LG&E and KU. (Zoo members and children age 2 and under always receive free admission.)
“This marks the third consecutive year LG&E and KU have teamed up with the Zoo to offer an extravaganza of activities, interactive displays, exhibits, tree plantings and more to put sustainability on center stage,” said Laura Douglas, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at LG&E and KU. “It’s wild, educational, kid-friendly fun and it all takes place in the perfect setting to celebrate our planet.”
A tree-planting ceremony and press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak, Metro Director of Sustainability Marie Koetter, Polar Bears International CEO Robert Buchanan and Douglas. Thanks to a “Plant for the Planet” grant awarded by LG&E and KU, the Zoo planted 23 additional trees recently to beautify and sustain a section of the Zoo. In the past three years, the Zoo has planted more than 70 trees through the grant program.
Awards will also be presented at the press conference to the winning student group who rose to a challenge issued by Louisville philanthropist Nick King as part of his Quest Leadership Program. The students at Assumption High School and Mercy Academy were challenged to Do Something Green in their schools. Assumption High School Green Team boosted their existing recycling efforts and raised money to put in a low flow toilet. Mercy Academy students created the school’s first-ever recycling program and promoted it through their school news program. The winner will receive a $500 grant to further their green practices.
Other activities will revolve around what people can do to help save our planet. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., patrons can learn about the Zoo’s conservation efforts and visit environmental displays by eco-partners at stations throughout the Zoo. Guests can discover ways to connect to the local environment and make a collective difference in conservation on a national and global level.
LG&E and KU’s “Mini-City” Demonstration will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Glacier Run classroom to teach children and adults how to be safe around electricity. Mini-City is a table-top display that uses live current to demonstrate proper safety techniques using outdoor and indoor scenarios. And LG&E and KU’s popular “Louie the Lightning Bug” will buzz the crowd to delight children and adults.
The Zoo encourages guests to ride their bike (bike racks will be available at the Zoo) or take TARC to the celebration to help protect the environment. For a list of TARC’s buses and schedules, visit www.ridetarc.org.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS APRIL 22
A special tree-planting ceremony and press conference with Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak, Metro Director of Sustainability Maria Koetter, Polar Bears International CEO Robert Buchanan and Laura Douglas, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at LG&E and KU. Louisville philanthropist Nick King and Douglas will also award the winner of King’s Quest Leadership Program’s Green challenge.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Visit conservation station areas and displays by our eco-friendly partners including (with more to come):
American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)
Acres for the Atmosphere
Assumption High School EcoRockets
Forest Giant, Inc.
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery
Ky State Nature Preserves Commission
Louisville Metro Division of Environmental Health and Protection
Louisville Science Center
Louisville Zoo Docent Educators
Mercy Academy Green Team
Northeast Family YMCA
Polar Bears International
United Nations Association, Louisville Chapter
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a $2 admission day, so be aware of heavy crowds and traffic. Please call Media Relations Manager Kyle Shepherd at 744-5639 or 238-5331 prior to coverage and sign in at the receptionist desk.)
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. Kentucky Utilities serves 546,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.
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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.