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Green Experiences in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s commitment to the preservation of its prized natural resources is exhibited by its many environmentally-friendly facilities and opportunities for visitors to connect with nature.
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The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park
The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park
A 2,800-gallon rainwater harvesting system is just one of the environmentally friendly features at The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park in Howard.

Get inspired at these earth-friendly attractions, including many buildings with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – a coveted benchmark in green building. 

The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, Howard

In-room energy monitors, a 2,800-gallon rainwater harvesting system, and solar-thermal hot water system make this bed and breakfast a model of environmental stewardship. The inn is also an acclaimed interpretive center for birding and offers many resources to help guests spot the park’s winged beauties, including field guides, a bird-tracker kiosk, and Children’s Discovery Area. 

Big Spring Spirits, Bellefonte

Taste super-smooth vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and bourbon at Big Spring Spirits’ tasting room in Bellefonte, the first LEED®-certified distillery in the country. The spirits maker uses water from the local Big Spring and follows a grain-to-grass philosophy by only using ingredients grown by local farmers.

Erie Art Museum, Erie

The museum’s newest building – opened in 2010 to tie the institution’s five historic buildings together into a single complex – boasts the LEED® Gold certification. The facility – which houses galleries, a café, and gift shop – has energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems; reconfigurable rotating walls to minimize future construction; and a storm water management system.

CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh

Cheer on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the first NHL arena to receive a LEED® Gold certification. Constructed primarily from locally sourced and recycled materials, the center has a large glass atrium for natural light and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

4 Seasons Farm Market, Meshoppen

Three solar greenhouses at this sustainable farm facilitate the growth of vegetables throughout the winter – so fresh produce is available year-round. Located in northeast Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, the farm also uses crop rotation and follows organic practices to support healthy soil. 

Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette

The location and layout of this LEED® Gold-certified wildlife center were chosen to minimize impact on the surrounding ecosystem, the roaming grounds of the largest wild elk herd in the northeastern U.S. Other green features of the center include solar-oriented windows for natural warmth and lighting and a renewable geothermal heating and cooling system. 

Penn State’s Medlar Field, State College

Water conservation initiatives, sensors to monitor and control energy use, and recycled plastic seats are just a few environmentally friendly features of Medlar Field, home to the Nittany Lions Baseball and Softball and State College Spikes. The field became the first baseball stadium in the U.S. to achieve LEED® certification in 2007.

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