Philadelphia Zoo Answers White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Call for Climate Change Education

A new Zoo initiative helps Obama Administration’s Climate Education and Literacy Initiative gain nationwide momentum

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 8, 2014) – Philadelphia Zoo today announced that a new project was recognized by the Obama Administration as an innovative approach to educate and engage students of all ages about climate change. Launching as part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) Climate Education and Literacy Initiative, which was announced on December 3, 2014, the project allows Philadelphia Zoo to measure the impact of its “Saving Energy to Save Wildlife” message. It is one of several exciting new commitments by Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to identify innovative solutions to climate change and positively impact the Nation’s future.
The Climate Education and Literacy Initiative’s goal is to ensure a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training to implement solutions. It will increase access to the best-available science-based information about the issue.
Philadelphia Zoo visitors want to make a positive difference for animals and their habitats. The April 2013 opening of KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center provides a year-round living classroom to educate future generations of planet protectors, through hands-on activities and up-close animal encounters, to “Save Energy to Save Wildlife”. With conservation and animal care holding equal shares of Philadelphia Zoo’s mission, the Zoo recognizes that it has both a responsibility and unique platform to affect positive change for wildlife.  The Ocean Project’s Innovation Solutions+ Grant Program, along with support from PECO, enable Philadelphia Zoo to complement and build upon the experiences and climate education opportunities already in place at KidZooU. By documenting the connection between onsite energy-saving messaging and visitors’ at-home energy-saving behavior, the Zoo can determine and deepen its conservation impact, taking this valuable lesson beyond its gates to the homes of nearly 1.3 million annual visitors.
“It is an honor for Philadelphia Zoo to be a part of the National Climate Education and Literacy Initiative,” says Kim Lengel, VP of Conservation Education at Philadelphia Zoo. “Our Zoo visitors look to us to give them guidance on conservation is and we are pleased to be able to provide the tools that empower generations with the resources needed to protect and save the animals and planet we care about.”
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America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information on the Philadelphia Zoo, as well as to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.
The Ocean Project empowers zoos, aquariums, museums , and other organizations with cutting-edge communications research, tools, and related strategic resources, including grants, to create more engaged citizens and communities, and result in significant conservation impact. The Ocean Project helps aquariums and other visitor-serving organizations effectively engage with their millions of visitors to create a more sustainable society and healthier ocean. Its network of approximately 2,000 partner zoos, aquariums, museums  and other organizations is the largest ever developed for our ocean. Since 2002, The Ocean Project has also been the lead organization coordinating World Oceans Day. For more information about The Ocean Project, visit