Pennsylvania is home to many of the country’s premier environmentally friendly facilities. From the NHL’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED)® certified arena to the conservation of state parks, visitors can discover new places committed to environmental sustainability. Whether visiting active cities or roaming the beautiful countryside, prepare to be impressed and intrigued by these earth-friendly locations.
Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park - Pennsylvania Wilds
The new Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park is the first of its kind located in a Pennsylvania state park and was built with the environment in mind. The 16-room Inn features modern-style living spaces and uses green technology, such as in-room energy monitors, a 2,800 gallon rainwater harvesting system, geothermal heating and cooling, and much more.
Tom Ridge Environmental Center - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
The Tom Ridge Environmental Center is an educational and research facility dedicated to teaching visitors about Presque Isle, a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The center features interactive exhibits, educational programs, offices for natural resource organizations and public outreach efforts that all contribute to conservation efforts of the local area.
Pocono Environmental Education Center - Upstate PA
Located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area, The Pocono Environmental Education Center provides visitors with exciting ways to explore the environment through hands-on activities and outdoor recreation adventures. The Center also hosts a variety of educational seminars throughout the year, including birding, wildlife at night and photography weekends.
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park - The Alleghenies
Home of the minor league State College Spikes and Penn State University baseball team, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park was the first stadium, professional or collegiate, to become LEED certified. Fans can take in a game at this park that features a gray water recycling program, convenient access to public transportation and many more green qualifications.
Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides - Dutch Country Roads
Experience the wonder of Amish country in a completely unique and eco-friendly fashion. Tour picturesque Dutch Country the authentic way with a traditional horse and buggy ride operated by knowledgeable drivers who provide stories and narration about the area throughout the journey. In the wintertime, replace the horse and buggy with a romantic sleigh ride through the country roads.
Longwood Gardens - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Often referred to as the world’s premier horticultural experience, Longwood Gardens is a breathtaking venue for a multitude of events. The gardens are cared for with 100 percent renewable materials, and the facility supports both a recycling task force and a compost program. In addition to efficient lighting throughout the gardens, many of the materials, upholstery and furniture in the various on-site venues are sustainable and recycled.
Elk Country Visitor Center - PA Wilds
Adjacent to the Elk State Forest and providing magnificent views of elk in the wild, the newly constructed Elk Country Visitor Center is an environmentally friendly facility for nature lovers. The center is dedicated to elk watching and conservation education among visitors, and it is constructed from all-natural furnishings for a more “green” presence.
CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ new arena flaunts a LEED® Gold certification, classifying it as one of the world’s most environmentally responsible facilities and the first arena in the NHL to boast this classification. The center was constructed primarily from regional and recycled materials and features other notable green amenities like a large glass atrium for natural light, 360-degree LED rings encircling the seating bowl and a high efficiency heating and cooling system. Fans can now root for their favorite team while supporting the environment.
Erie Art Museum - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
This gem of Pennsylvanian art culture recently constructed major improvements upon its foundation and earned the prestigious LEED® Silver certification. Using state-of-the-art steel structures and renewable materials, the museum strikes a balance between aesthetic design and responsible living.
Hotel Palomar - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Hotel Palomar is one of the world’s only luxury hotels that is both LEED® Gold certified and pet-friendly. Not only does the Philadelphia hotel provide an eco-friendly environment for guests with a notable recycling program, organic coffee and sustainable practices, but rewards those who drive hybrid vehicles with discounted parking options. The hotel also offers “green can be gorgeous” and “low carb (on)” packages featuring organic spa treatments and farm-to-table food.