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ABQ BioPark Part of Plastic Free EcoChallenge

Zoos and Aquariums across the nation are competing during the month of July to see who can ditch the most plastic for the planet.
June 27, 2019 - The ABQ BioPark is participating in a nationwide campaign to ditch plastic during the month of July and the community can pitch in too.
 
More than 250 organizations including many zoos and aquariums are participating in the Plastic Free EcoChallenge from July 1-31. 
 
The Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort that encourages people to shift away from single-use plastic dependency. Participants earn points by taking daily actions such as bringing their own utensils to dine out or asking for no straw. Those points are added up and a leaderboard shows leading participants and teams.  
 
"This is the second year that the ABQ BioPark has participated in the challenge the facility is currently in the top 10 among participating organizations," said Keith Crow, ABQ BioPark zookeeper supervisor. "The BioPark needs community help to get to number one and show everyone that Albuquerque is committed to going plastic free." 
 
Anyone can participate, and the ABQ BioPark Conservation Committee encourages patrons to join the ABQ BioPark team to help make an even bigger impact. You can sign up at: https://plasticfree.ecochallenge.org/users/join
 
The ABQ BioPark is committed to conservation. The facility's Conservation Committee is comprised of environmentally minded staff from the Zoo, Aquarium, Tingley Beach and Botanic Garden and meets once a month to discuss conservation initiatives related to the ABQ BioPark. Six subcommittees focus on education, operations, in-situ conservation, policy advocacy, community engagement and in-house conservation. The facility has taken several steps toward becoming more green recently including the installation of solar panels in its parking lots.
 
The ABQ BioPark's participation in the 2019 Plastic Free EcoChallenge is possible due to a generous sponsorship from the New Mexico BioPark Society.