From the zoo to the golf course, Audubon is going green and while their newest environmentally friendly technique snaps on in seconds another pack takes months to cook to perfection.
“This is a compost operation for the zoo and the idea behind composting is to eliminate the debris that we are sending to the landfills,” explains Dianne Weber, “If we start with 4 yards of debris it breaks down to one.”
In a back corner of the zoo coffee grinds, shredded paper, decaying flowers, and animal poop literally cook.
“In this kind of weather even though it’s so cold it’s cooking, right now it’s cooking. It can heat up to at least 120/130 degrees inside which burns up all the pathogens, and anything that would be harmful,” says Weber, “Then we’ll bag up the good stuff and call it Zoo Doo Gold.”
Across the street at the Audubon Golf Course, solar powered golf carts are bobbing and weaving from one hole to the next turning heads.
Stan Stopa says, “I’ve been looking at it a little bit and I’ve seen some carts that have gone 18 holes and they’ve plugged then in and charged up in like a half an hour, maybe 40 minutes compared to two and a half, maybe three hours.”
The carts make Audubon the first course in Louisiana to convert their carts to solar power and one of only a handful in the nation.
Whether it’s cooking contributions or juicing without so much juice they are showing us a little goes a long way.