Promoting Green PracticesNorthwest Trek is deeply committed to conservation not only through work with native wildlife and habitat, but also in daily operations. The park has achieved a five-star rating from the Pierce County EnviroStar program for its efforts to reduce solid waste, energy use, water runoff and air emissions and for leadership in green practices.
Green efforts include:
Investing in energy efficient vehiclesStaff drive the park’s hybrid cars and use biodiesel fuel in park tractors. Three of the oldest trams were refurbished instead of buying new ones.
Using energy efficient lightingThe park uses a combination of LED, fluorescent and motion-sensitive lighting throughout the park.
Recycling and compostingThe park composts plant and herbivore waste and converts the carnivore waste to fertilizer. The maintenance shop recycles motor oil, brake cleaners and solvents, antifreeze, and absorbent pads. Recycled antifreeze is used in all vehicles. Recycling bins are located throughout the park and there’s a compost bin in the employee lunch room.
Using, buying and selling green productsThe Forest Café uses compostable plates and cups and sells shade-grown coffee. The park uses green cleaners and solvents and recycled wood products, and prints on recycled paper.