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 2,500 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 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to annually saving:

  • 42,006 barrels of oil from being burned, or
  • 240 tanker trucks worth of gasoline from being burned, or
  • 44,469,838 miles from being driven in an average passenger car.

As you can see below, 42,006 barrels arranged in a circle would take up most of the Phipps campus!

1 Barrel
100 Barrels
1,000 Barrels

5,000 Barrels
43,687 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

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    Sat., Feb. 3; 1 – 2 p.m.; SOLD OUT

    THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Try your wings at ballet with this adult-and-me creative movement session brought to you by Let's Move Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, featuring the Swan Queen of PBT's production of Swan Lake!
  • Friday Nights of Winter Lights

    Fridays through Feb. 9; 5 – 10 p.m.

    Take one more walk through the dazzling light displays in our Outdoor and Children's Discovery Gardens while our indoor spaces showcase orchids, bonsai and more.
  • We Heart Our Members: February Free Days

    Select Dates in February

    Phipps joins with 11 leading Pittsburgh organizations to say “thank you” to our members by offering free admission on select dates this February. Check out the calendar and plan your visit to one of our amazing neighbor institutions!