Thanks to a more environmentally conscious population, more sustainable practices are being implemented into unexpected attractions around the world. Now more than ever, popular tourist attractions are pledging to create a more eco-friendly environment for their visitors. By applying greener practices, attractions are finding alternative energy sources, reusing and/or recycling materials and educating its employees and visitors about green living.

Not only are greener practices developing all over the world, but they are also happening right here in the U.S. Just recently, some attractions in Ohio have been recognized for their green initiative efforts. If you’re ever visiting Ohio, you might want to explore the following unexpected green attractions:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Cleveland, OH

Located in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has had more than 10 million visitors since its beginning in 1995. According to the museum’s website, the location is a “must see” music attraction due to its extensive history. Rock and Roll legends such as Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin have been inducted into the hall of fame. Over the years, the museum has made a huge economic impact on Ohio, generating more than $2 billion. Now, it’s making an environmental impact too.

From minor changes to major renovations, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made serious efforts to go green. The museum installed motion-activated faucets and energy-efficient hand dryers, and has even set its nighttime logo projector to turn off at 2 a.m. to conserve energy. A volunteer employee group called the Green Team is also educating employees and visitors on how to institute greener practices in the museum and in their daily lives. On a larger scale, the hall of fame’s structure – inside and out – is made partly from sustainable resources, and is being considered for a LEED Silver certification. In addition, the museum is implementing energy efficient electronics and using collection bins for recycling. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website gives even more information behind the museum’s green initiatives.

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati, OH

According to its website, the Cincinnati Zoo was declared the “Greenest Zoo in America” in 2010. Since its beginning 1875, the attraction’s goal has been to protect and conserve plants and wildlife. Over the years, the Cincinnati Zoo has improved upon sustainable aspects such as energy and water conservation, waste management and eco-friendly renovations.

One of the more unique aspects of the Cincinnati Zoo is its solar panel canopy. Considered “the largest publicly accessible solar array in the country,” the canopy is made up of 6,400 solar panels and produces around 20% of the attraction’s energy. In addition, community outreach is an important part of the zoo’s efforts to maintain a greener environment. Its goal is to encourage residents to save money, conserve energy and find greener lifestyle choices that fit the needs of their neighborhoods.

Museum of Art

Toledo, OH

Toledo’s Museum of Art has been applying sustainable choices to its facility as early as 1992. Green initiatives began by installing more efficient lights, fans and pumps into the gallery. According to its website, the museum has reduced its electrical power use by 79% because of its greener practices.

Similar to Cincinnati Zoo, the museum has installed a solar canopy. The canopy covers about 60% of the building, and was manufactured and implemented through local Ohio resources such as First Solar, Advanced Distribution Generation, LLC and Nextronics.

Learn about energy across the U.S.

Energy developments have made considerable advancements from methods in the past. If you’re interested in learning about energy, its history and the green alternative options that are available for you, check out this blog post for more information. Your local community might provide a tour or exhibit that displays the evolution of energy production and educates community members on sustainable living practices.

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