Green Heart at Phipps
A greener greenhouse. Pretty obvious, right?
But when Phipps Conservatory began planning a three-phrase, multi-year expansion at the turn of the new millennium, green building principles and practices had not yet reached broad public awareness. No model existed for how a major public garden could integrate sustainable building design, construction and operation into a long-range master plan.
Like many other gardens, Phipps was planning to update the visitor experience and support facilities in our 100+ year-old institution. Initially, the idea of going green was not part of the design. Inspiration to create one of the world's most energy efficient and sustainable conservatories came from the region's main green building pioneers and advocates.
Read more about how Phipps took the lead in this green revolution.
Earth-sheltered design and low-e fritted glass walls are just a few of the "green" practices at work inside this LEED® Silver structure.
A state-of-the-art open-roof system with computer-controlled temperature, light and humidity levels create 16 different growing environments.
A total rethinking of greenhouse technology, from earth tubes to computer-driven ventilation and shading.
This education, research and administration building is expected to meet or exceed the highest green building standards—the Living Building Challenge; LEED® Platinum and SITES Certification for landscapes—by generating its own energy and treating and reusing water captured on site.
Your wedding, bar mitzvah or other special event doesn't have to have a large eco-footprint. See all the ways Phipps can green your celebration.
Go behind the scenes, underground and off-the-grid to see why Phipps is among the world's greenest gardens.
Green Power Partnership
We are a partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Leadership Club. Green Power Partners help to reduce the risks associated with climate change by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities.