ReachNow CEO Steve Banfield (left) and Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO Alejandro Grajal (right) test the new electric vehicle charging station installed on zoo grounds (Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo).
Woodland Park Zoo held a ceremony to celebrate the successful installation of Light & Charge electric vehicle charging stations on zoo grounds. The stations are the first of 20 to be installed around the city of Seattle, representing a $1.2 million investment by ReachNow, the mobility services division of the BMW Group.
Seattle is the first city in North America to receive the Light & Charge stations, which turn existing streetlights into electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and representatives from the City of Seattle, as well as leaders of ReachNow, were in attendance to commemorate the event.
The zoo has focused on sustainability programs for many years, making it an ideal home for Seattle’s first Light & Charge stations. The zoo’s indoor, nature play space, Zoomazium, was the nation’s first zoo project to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and went on to earn six local, regional and national awards. The zoo’s West Entrance was the second project at the zoo to receive LEED Gold certification.