Mondays – Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – Close; Saturdays – Sundays All Day
Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive

Support clean energy, impact climate change and receive a free Phipps membership — all in a day’s visit.

Nearly nine out of 10 Phipps guests surveyed in 2016 consider climate change a threat now or in the future. In 2017, it's up to every one of us to do our part to address this critical issue. Climate change is a topic that can feel so daunting that you might think you can’t have an impact. But making a difference right now is easier than you may imagine, and you can start with your next visit to Phipps.

On weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to close, and all day on weekends, you’ll now find a station in our Tropical Forest Conservatory where you can switch your home electricity generator to 100% green power right on the spot, and if you do, you’ll receive something special: if you’re not yet a Phipps member, you’ll be given a free one-year membership at our family/household level, and if you’re already a member, you’ll receive a six-month extension at your current level. This offer is only available on site at Phipps. Participating guests must be residents of Pennsylvania and New York who have paid admission for the day or are visiting as a current member. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

Switching is easy and takes just a few minutes, and representatives will be available to help you choose the right plan. Your bill still comes from your current provider, and rates are competitive and may even be cheaper. Plus, for each year your household uses green power, you remove as much carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere as 8.4 acres of forest.

The Difference You're Making

In a new display at Phipps' entrance, 16 oil barrels provide a visual representation of the amount of CO2 you can prevent from being released into the atmosphere annually by switching to renewable energy:

In a new display at Phipps' entrance, 16 oil barrels in a line show visitors the amount of CO2 they can prevent from being released into the atmosphere by switching to renewable energy.

Since January 2017, more than 3,100 Phipps guests have switched their household electricity to fossil-free renewable energy. Powering the average Pennsylvania home emits about 8 tons of CO2 annually; at the end of each year, these guests will have prevented 24,800 tons of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to annually saving:

  • 52,088 barrels of oil from being burned, or
  • 298 tanker trucks worth of gasoline from being burned, or
  • 55,142,599 miles from being driven in an average passenger car.

As you can see below, 52,088 barrels arranged in a circle would take up most of the Phipps campus!

1 Barrel
100 Barrels
1,000 Barrels

5,000 Barrels
52,088 Barrels

 

Phipps is committed to promoting human and environmental well-being through action, research, and making the sustainable choice in everything we do — and we hope to inspire each and every one of our visitors to join with us in this effort. So the next time you visit the Conservatory, you’ll leave knowing that you’ve made an important change in your life to support clean, renewable energy — and increased your family’s access to Phipps’ amazing year-round exhibits and programs.

Sponsored by Green Mountain Energy

* 1 ton of carbon dioxide = 2.1 barrels of oil burned. Additional equivalents can be found on the EPA website.

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Science Engagement Week featuring Botany in Action

    Sept. 26 – 29; See full schedule for details

    This week, join Phipps and our Botany in Action Fellows for a series of activities dedicated to engaging all ages on the benefits of scientific discovery.
  • October Public Programs

    Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m. except where noted

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From botanical embroidery to floral arrangements, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • Environmental Film Series: Jane

    Fri., Sept. 21; 7 – 9 p.m.; Botany Hall Auditorium

    This exciting monthly event features a film screening followed by a dynamic discussion with film producers, scientists and environmental advocates.