Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Funds Sustainable Improvements for Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo

Posted 05/17/22

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The Bronx Zoo’s new electric vehicles are parked right in front of the zoo’s central building. Photo courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher.

NEW YORK, May 17, 2022 /CSRwire/ — Bronx Zoo staff are embracing clean transportation in the park with 12 new electric utility vehicles, thanks to a $144,088 donation from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. This sustainable update to the Bronx Zoo’s fleet of carts will replace gas-powered vehicles used to transport small animals, materials and staff.

The Bronx Zoo, operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), is the nation’s largest urban zoo and welcomes approximately 2 million visitors each year. The zoo’s educational programs also reach more than 150,000 schoolchildren each year.

Founded in 1895, WCS saves wildlife and wild places in New York and around the world through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS is the world’s premier conservation organization, a trusted advisor to the world’s top decision makers and a global conservation authority.

Bronx Zoo director Jim Breheny sits in one of the new electric vehicles in front of two large gates.
Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny sits in one of the new electric vehicles in front of the Rainey Memorial Gates. Photo courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher.

“The Bronx Zoo and WCS’s other zoos and aquariums in New York are committed to our conservation mission and are making improvements to ensure sustainability and nature-positive operations,” said Jim Breheny, executive vice president of WCS and director of the Bronx Zoo. “We are grateful to the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club for their generosity and look forward to partnering with other initiatives in the future.”

Since 2002, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has empowered local communities by donating nearly $11.7 million to 143 nonprofit organizations across Texas and the Northeast. Green Mountain Energy invites its customers and employees to contribute and support more projects that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. This one-of-a-kind model intrinsically ties community engagement to Green Mountain employees and customers.

“The Sun Club aims to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of sustainable practices, including the use of electric vehicles,” said Mark Parsons, Vice President of Green Mountain Energy. “This project allows us to work with the Wildlife Conservation Society to integrate eco-friendly, accessible and practical elements into the daily life of its community.

The Bronx Zoo is a leader in conservation and environmental education. At 14and Annual WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo, some of the new vehicles donated by the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club were displayed at Astor Court as event attendees ran and walked.

About the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo, located on 265 acres of hardwood forest in the Bronx, NY, opened on November 8, 1899. It is world renowned for its leadership in animal welfare, breeding, veterinary care, education, science and conservation. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the flagship park of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which operates the world’s largest network of urban wildlife parks, including the Bronx Zoo, Central Zoo Park, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium. Our curators and animal care staff work to save, propagate and maintain populations of threatened and endangered species. We have educated and inspired over 400 million visitors to our zoos and aquariums since we opened and welcome approximately 4 million visitors to our parks each year, including approximately half a million students each year. The Bronx Zoo is the Bronx Borough’s largest employer of young people, providing opportunities and helping to transform lives in one of the nation’s most underserved communities. The Bronx Zoo is the subject of THE ZOO, a documentary series streaming worldwide on Animal Planet. Members of the media should contact [email protected] (718-220-5182).

About the Sun Club

Green Mountain Energy is changing the way electricity is generated and advancing sustainable communities through the work of the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. Since its creation in 2002, Sun Club® has donated more than $11 million to 143 nonprofit organizations across Texas and the Northeast. Sun Club works with non-profit organizations on projects focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. To learn more about Green Mountain Energy and Sun Club or to apply for a Sun Club grant, visit

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