We’re proud to announce that the Green Impact Zone has been selected to receive the Paw of Approval award for superior sustainability action. The recognition is part of a two-year worldwide campaign — Pole to Pole — which highlights the importance of metropolitan governments, zoos and aquariums leading the way in sustainability and conservation within their geographic areas. The award will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, during a special reception at the Kansas City Zoo. Representatives from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Polar Bears International and the Arctic Action Team, myActions, (a social media app designed for users to share sustainable actions), and the Kansas City Zoo will be on hand to make the presentation.

The zone will be recognized for its efforts in the areas of home weatherization, energy efficiency, renovation of vacant public school buildings, improvements in public infrastructure, water conservation and community gardens, addressing access to healthy food, and capacity building of neighborhood leadership within neighborhood associations.