West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon discussion on recent sustainability initiatives at two of the region’s most prominent institutions for its Monday, July 17 membership meeting at the Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo.OurBeersCTA21

Registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be accepted.

Allmon Forrester, Director of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability at John Ball Zoo and John Ball Zoo CEO Peter D’Arienzo will discuss the zoo’s sustainability success stories, highlight its efforts in waste reduction, energy efficiency and sustainable development, highlighting the connection between animal conservation and sustainability. The meeting will also include an optional behind the scenes tour of the zoo’s exhibits.

Cody Green, the Environment, Health & Safety Specialist for Founders Brewing Company will share how its efforts to sustainably dispose of wastewater from brewing operations led to a partnership with City of Grand Rapids that will develop a city-operated biodigester.

IMG_2636John Ball Zoo inspires people to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. John Ball Zoo houses 1,500 animals and serves a diverse audience of over 500,000 visitors annually. It is one of four Michigan zoos accredited by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums. As an accredited Zoo, John Ball Zoo is measured against the established standards and best practices in animal husbandry, conservation, sustainability, education, business, and more. As an AZA member, the zoo participates in over 34 cooperative breeding programs and Species Survival Plans throughout the zoo community. These programs are managed globally by the AZA to reinforce animal populations in zoos and in the wild in hopes of keeping bloodline pure for future reintroduction.

John Ball Zoo offers financial support to conservation projects both locally and around the world through monies earned through its animal adoption program and supports field projects by providing animal specialist time and knowledge. The zoo is building a plan aimed to both educate and challenge the organization and its community partners about waste management, in hopes of achieving zero-waste in the years to come. Since launching a water conservation plan in 2002, it has saved 615-million gallons of water and cut usage by over two-thirds. Green roofs have been added on four buildings, several ‘live’ walls have been installed, and over 150 new trees have been planted in the last eight years.

Note that this month’s meeting is in the Bissell Tree House, which is at the top of the zoo property, accessible via a five-minute funicular or shuttle ride, or a 10-minute walk.

IMG_2622Registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be accepted.

WMSBF July Meeting
Monday, July 17
11:30 am to 2:25 pm
John Ball Zoo – Bissell Tree House
1300 West Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Tentative Agenda
11:30 am Funicular & Shuttle Rides Open
12 pm Lunch & Networking
12:30 pm Welcome & Introductions
12:40 pm  How Founders Is Fixing Its Wastewater Flows:  Cody Green, Founders Brewing Company
1:05 pm Role of Zoos in Sustainability and Animal Conservation: Peter D’Arienzo, CEO at John Ball Zoo
1:20 pm Sustainability at John Ball Zoo: Allmon Forrester, Director of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability at John Ball Zoo
1:55 pm  Optional Tour of John Ball Zoo Sustainability Assets
2:25 pm (Approx.) Adjourn