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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Green initiatives nab Detroit Zoological Society 'Best-Managed' nonprofit award

Detroit continues to roll.  In a city relishing its renaissance, Detroit's Zoo now nabs a "Best-Managed" award for a nonprofit.  Great news.

What is important is to see how positive changes around saving energy, waste, renewables had great influence on this award.  As owners and managers of for-profits, we should recognize the potential bounty of similar investments.

Seeing positive changes in places loved by kids is very rewarding.  What better way to educate than to entertain?  We are certain the animals love the improvements, too:

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ROYAL OAK, MI - The Detroit Zoological Society is the Best-Managed Nonprofit in 2015.
That's according to Crain's Detroit Business, which awarded the nonprofit with the publication's top honor.
According to a release, 501(c)(3) organizations in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston and Wayne counties were considered in the 2015 contest. Crain's looked at how the organizations addressed social, political or technological trends, according to the release.
"It's an honor to be named the best-managed nonprofit in southeast Michigan, and to be recognized for an initiative that is so near and dear to the staff and board," Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society executive director and CEO, said in a release.
The award points to the DZS Greenprint, which is a plan that refined and improved functionality at the Zoo.
One product of the system was the Zoo's elimination of bottled water at concession stands. The Zoo is also building a dry biodigester that will convert 400 tons of animal waster into a renewable energy source annually.
The Zoo was also given the 2015 Green Award by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which named the Detroit Zoo the greenest zoo in the U.S.
Ian Thibodeau is the business and development reporter for MLive Media Group in Detroit. He can be reached at, or follow him on Twitter.

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