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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Organization Type Museums, Parks & Zoos
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 1,511,891
Percentage Green Power 100%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Latest Annual Report Received On 4/20/2015
Awards/Recognition Partner of the Year 2015
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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Established in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a Victorian glasshouse, gardens, and tropical forest conservatory recognized as a leader in green building development and sustainable operations. As part of its commitment to environmental awareness, Phipps purchases renewable energy credits (RECs) to cover its electricity use for the 11-acre Conservatory campus and the Garden Center. In December, 2012, Phipps opened The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a 24,350-square-foot education, research, and administration facility set within a 2.9-acre former brownfield. Designed and built to generate all of its own energy while treating and reusing all water captured on-site, the CSL is expected to be the first in the world to meet or exceed the four highest green construction standards: The Living Building Challenge™, for which Net Zero Energy Building Certification was achieved in February 2014, with Full Certification currently being pursued; WELL Certification™, a protocol measuring human wellness in the built environment; LEED® Platinum, awarded in August 2013; and Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification for landscapes, for which the CSL was a pilot project and became the first project ever to achieve Four-Stars certification in November 2013.

Phipps' investment in renewable energy coincides with an organization-wide commitment to minimize energy use in its operations and buildings. By investing in the production of electricity with renewable energy sources, Phipps is helping to support long term renewable energy development projects, thus contributing to the reduction of dependency on fossil fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Phipps also seeks to extend sustainability beyond its glass walls by informing and inspiring others to live more sustainably.

"We're very excited to take this opportunity to significantly reduce our carbon footprint and encourage the production of electricity from renewable resources. Part of the Phipps mission is to advance sustainability through action. We've demonstrated that commitment in our buildings, our operations, and our programs. This renewable energy commitment is an investment in the environment and an investment in the future of our children and grandchildren," says Richard V. Piacentini, Executive Director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

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