Zoo exec wins national Conservation Member of the Year award


Allmon Forrester. Courtesy John Ball Zoo

A John Ball Zoo executive has been recognized by his peers with a national award.

Allmon Forrester, the zoo’s director of facilities, planning and sustainability, was given the Conservation Member of the Year award by the Aquarium & Zoo Facilities Association at its annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The conference brings together professionals from zoos and aquariums around the country for training, idea sharing, networking and an industry outlook.

There are a number of facilities awards given each year at the conference, though the Conservation Member of the Year award is only given during years when a member’s contributions stand apart from the rest, the zoo said.

Forrester was nominated by his peers, one noting John Ball Zoo “has made huge strides in water consumption reductions, implemented green roofs and green walls, installed geothermal technology … and it all starts with Allmon.”

Forrester has been with the zoo for over 18 years.

Notable achievements during that time include a 72-percent decrease in water usage since 2002, saving 731-million gallons. Also, the zoo’s compost and recycling efforts divert 80 percent of its waste stream from landfills or incinerators.

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