ECHO18 Featured Topic: Planetary Wellness

Doug Piekarz

June 14, 2018 • Mike Clifford • Zoos + Aquariums

The elimination of single-use plastics is one of the most cohesive movements we have taken on as conservation organizations. We’ve also experimented with composting, graywater innovations, and alternate energy sources – but we can do more.

During today’s ECHO session, Doug Piekarz and Chris Norman from Akron Zoo and Mark Fisher from Cincinnati Zoo discussed how they have practically integrated planetary wellness into their outstanding operational sustainability.


Chris Norman, Akron Zoo


Mark Fisher, Cincinnati Zoo


Doug Piekarz, Akron Zoo


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