Conserving habitat and protecting the environment are huge components to the overall success of Wildlife Images’ mission of Saving Wildlife. One of the ways we do that is by participating in Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program. By contributing to the program, and investing in clean energy in our community, we are reducing our carbon footprint! According to Pacific Power, over a year’s time, this equals a reduction of nearly 16 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That is equivalent to a car’s emissions over 17,266 miles!
“We joined the Blue Sky project to practice what we preach and support renewable energy and conservation. This is the first step in us becoming an example in Southern Oregon in the area of lowering our carbon footprint and supporting our values,” said Dave Siddon, Jr., Executive Director of Wildlife Images.
One of the ways we are practicing what we preach is through energy efficient additions on-site at Wildlife Images. Our newly remodeled Eagle Flight exhibit features motion-activated interior lighting and time activated exterior lighting. Each new or remodeled building will feature energy efficient and sustainable technology whenever possible.
“In the future, we intend to work on getting more energy efficient appliances like freezers, HVAC systems, lighting and hopefully add solar power arrays to some of our buildings,” explained Siddon.
We recently received a special certificate as a Blue Sky Champion business partner. It will proudly hang in our Visitor’s Center as a reminder that we share this planet with wild animals who rely on us to protect it.
“We are actively seeking grants to replace our old vehicles with new hybrid vehicles,” continued Siddon. “In the non-profit world saving money is a huge part of demonstrating that we are responsible with our donations. We look forward to long-term sustainability with the help of the community and programs like Blue Sky.”
Wildlife Images is looking for additional expertise and guidance in this area. Do you know someone who specializes in energy-efficient technologies or design? Are you passionate about protecting the environment? Contact our Development Team to find out more about opportunities to support our mission of Saving Wildlife through conservation and sustainability.