NW Natural's paperless billing program to benefit zoo

Customers can help the environment and support zoo programs at the same time

NW Natural customers who sign up to receive their bills electronically by the end of next month can also help support the Oregon Zoo.

The Oregon Zoo Foundation — the private nonprofit fundraising arm of the zoo — was selected as one of four environmentally focused groups to win a portion of $25,000 donated by NW Natural shareholders.

"Paperless billing is designed to help you save time, reduce clutter and cut paper waste," said Melissa Moore, corporate communications manager for NW Natural. "Plus when you sign up, you can help a green nonprofit win a donation."

The donation will be divided among the four nonprofits according to the percentage of votes each receives. The other groups receiving votes are the Audubon Society of Portland, Friends of Outdoor School and SOLVE.

Customers who have already enrolled in paperless billing can also vote here by July 31. Only one vote per gas account will be valid. Final results will be posted on the NW Natural website in August.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org