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October 28, 2013                                                                                 Public Relations
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 The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Unveils New Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign at Brookfield Zoo
Partnership with the zoo offers opportunity to educate visitors on how to save energy and money


Brookfield, Ill. — In addition to learning animal facts, Brookfield Zoo guests also can learn how to save energy and money with the official launch of a new energy-efficiency awareness campaign sponsored by the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program. Now, while waiting at any one of the tram stations or taking a ride around the zoo, guests will discover fun facts about energy-efficient animals and learn about how they can save energy in their own home.

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, is committed to inspiring conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program at Brookfield Zoo is an example of one of the many environmental, educational, and animal-related initiatives that strive to encourage people to take actions that can benefit wildlife, nature, and our surrounding communities.

“We are proud to partner with the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program to educate zoo guests about how they can help make a difference in their everyday lives with simple energy-saving tips,” said Alejandro Grajal, Ph.D., senior vice president of conservation and education for CZS.

As part of this initiative, CZS has initiated an Energy and Water Sustainability Task Force to generate and implement energy-saving ideas around the zoo. For example, with the installation of new boilers and water heaters, CZS has sparked a 16 percent increase in energy efficiency. These efficiency upgrades also resulted in an $80,000 rebate from the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

  “With nearly two million visitors a year, Brookfield Zoo is a great partner to help us create more awareness about the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program. We appreciate their commitment to conservation and believe it aligns well with our program’s goals of helping our customers save energy and money,” said Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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