Given the myriad ecological challenges facing our world today, there are plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed and powerless.

But there are also many people and organizations dedicated to leading community conversations about climate change and conservation through education and example.

The Detroit Zoo, which was named the “Greenest Zoo” in the United States by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2015, has been committed to growing its sustainability initiatives for nearly two decades.

Ron Kagan is the CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society. He says that the Detroit Zoo offers visitors a range of environmentally-minded resources, including their “Shades of Green” guide, which lists some of the ways that people can reduce their daily ecological footprint.

The zoo also features plenty of water bottle refilling stations, a boardwalk made from recycled plastic, and an anerobic digestor that converts animal waste into methane that’s used to power its animal health complex.

Kagan says the zoo’s goal is to help its 1.4 million annual visitors understand why sustainability and conservation efforts are important.  […]