News Release

August 11, 2011


Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Chicago Zoological Society Hosts Green-CAP Community Action Days
Pilsen and Little Village Neighborhoods Getting Clean and Green

      Brookfield, Ill.—Members of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Latino Advisory Board and CZS staff and volunteers are hosting a “clean and green” event in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods on August 13 and 15, respectively. This community conservation action day kicks off the Society’s new outreach initiative: Green Community Action Partners, or Green-CAP.

Green-CAP, which is part of the Society’s Center for Conservation Leadership, is a conservation rewards program developed by and for the community. By participating in Green-CAP conservation actions, including clean and green events, the Zoo Adventure Passport program, and installing CFL bulbs at home, participants can earn points. These points are redeemable on an annual basis for green rewards that include rain barrels, Brookfield Zoo memberships, or behind-the-scenes animal tours at Brookfield Zoo.

“Green-CAP is the next level of our ongoing partnership with Chicago communities,” said Jo-Elle Mogerman, vice president of planning and community relations for the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo. “We are thrilled to be able to inspire local communities to get involved with conservation in ways that are meaningful to them, including right in their own backyards.”


These upcoming events are generously supported by Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia; Alderman Danny Solis; Alderman Ricardo Muñoz; the faith communities of St. Procopius/Holy Trinity, St. Agnes, and La Villita; and Groot Industries.


The public is invited to participate and help create greener Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods. The events, which take place rain or shine, are:


Pilsen Clean and Green

  • Saturday, August 13, from 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Check in at Holy Trinity Church located at 1833 South Throop

Little Village Clean and Green
  • Monday, August 15, from noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Check in at St. Agnes Church located at 2651 South Central Park Avenue

The Society’s Center for Conservation Leadership’s goal is creating conservation leaders among Brookfield Zoo guests, community leaders, and people around the world. The programmatic center provides resources for people of all ages to learn about conservation practices and their impact on the world’s ecosystems, from exotic locales to neighborhood parks and backyards. Through the programs within the center, such as Green-Cap, the Society inspires the next generation of conservationists and conservation-minded citizens.

The Chicago Zoological Society’s mission is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For more information, go to

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