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 Household/Family 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 from the atmosphere as 7 acres of forest.

The Difference You're Making

Since the beginning of the year, more than 800 Phipps guests have switched to renewable energy. Powering the average U.S. home emits about 7 tons of carbon dioxide annually, so by the end of this year, these guests will have prevented 5,600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions

That is equivalent to saving:

  • 27 train cars of coal from being burned, or 
  • 67 tanker trucks worth of gasoline from being burned, or
  • 12,175,572 miles driven by an average passenger car.

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

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Discovery Programs

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Plus Additional Days As Available

    Join us for one of our weekly scheduled Discovery Programs to engage our youngest visitors with the wonders of the natural world. All programs are free with admission and require no advance registration.
  • Introduction to Watercolor Painting

    Saturdays, June 10, 17 and 24; 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Join art instructor Marianne Pionati-Hilke at Phipps Garden Center for this three-part program teaching the basics of watercolor painting, including palette set up, color mixing, papers, brushes and more.
  • Butterfly Forest

    Open Now

    Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among the blooms. One may even land on you!