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Environmental Stewardship Initiative Program

Because the Zoo developed an Environmental Management System (EMS) to identify and minimize our potential negative environmental impacts, in the autumn of 2002, we were among the first group of partners in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources'  ESI or Environmental Stewardship Initiative program.  

Benefits of this program are technical assistance for future conservation projects, networking with other EMS agencies and a priority status with regulatory agencies. 

The Zoo horticulture section was promoted to the "Rising Steward" category in November of 2004.