RREC Green Initiatives
"Going green" means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.
Here are Riverside Reptiles Education Center, we strive to 'Go Green' in many different ways.
In our gift shop, we don't use plastic bags for customer purchases. Instead, we offer paper bags that can break down when thrown away. We also don't order items that come in cellophane that is harmful to the environment. Lastly, many of the items we carry are made from recyclable materials, such as our Wild Republic and Folkmanis brands.
In our Center, we encourage patrons to photograph our information on events and programs to save on paper waste that comes from handing out flyers for each new happening we have planned.
We chose to install air hand dryers in the bathrooms which help lower our carbon footprint as well.
In our offices and staff room, we have recycling bins for paper, plastic, and glass as to promote the 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' motto.
For cleaning purposes, we use all natural cleaners that are safe for the animals here at RREC and the environment alike. We also use microfiber cloths for cleaning as opposed to using roll after roll of paper towels.
RREC also saves on paper by having a digital register system and our receipts are optional for patrons. For instance, instead of printing your receipt, we can email it to you. Our monthly newsletter and calendar of events have also gone digital to help our planet. You can always find more information on our events/programs on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
As you tour our center, you may notice some of the lights are off. While this adds a certain ambiance to your experience, we also do this to save on electricity and once again, lower our carbon footprint. Additionally, we use energy-efficient lights for our animals. If you'd like more information on that, ask Brian the next time you're here.
We have started a compost bin at RREC! We use this bin for compostable food scrapes and waste and turn it into healthy dirt for future use in our gardens. To learn more about composting and how to get started, follow this helpful link: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/composting-101
Lastly, the RREC staff have cut down on single-use containers by using reusable ones when bringing their lunch to and from the workplace. We also provide means to warm up and keep food here which helps on having to buy lunch and waste gas, money, and time. It also keeps everyone happy. :)
How do you 'Go Green'? If you need help or ideas, check out these links below: