Most Detroit area residents have fond memories of going to the Detroit Zoo. Class field trips, a sunny summer day with the family, or even an outing with friends, anyone can enjoy the exotic sights, sounds, and smells of the Zoo. Now, there is a good chance those smells we’re all so fond of will be doing more than add to the Zoo-going experience. Soon, those smells will create energy.

The Detroit Zoo is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint by starting a crowdfunding effort for an energy-producing biodigester. Basically, they want to take the 400+ tons of animal droppings per year and use it to power the Ruth Ruby Animal Health Complex.

The Detroit Zoological Society announced Monday that they have partnered up with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and are trying to reach a donations goal of $55,000. If reached by June, the MEDC will deliver a matching grant.

The biodigester system will be the first of its kind in the nation after construction is completed later this year.

Not only will this improvement help the environment, the Zoo will also see up to $80,000 a year in energy cost savings.

Katharine Czarnecki, MEDC Community Development Director, said in a Detroit News article, “This campaign will allow residents, businesses, and everyone who appreciates the zoo and the positive impact it has on Metro Detroit to be a part of this innovative undertaking.”

Donations are being accepted through Michigan-based website  Watch the video above for more information.

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