Farm & Wilderness has been “green” since 1939. Ten years ago we started measuring and improving our “greenness” with the help of a Greenhouse Gas Audit. Today, we are seeing significant results of these efforts.

1. Since 2009, the amount of energy needed to heat our buildings has decreased by 40%.

2. Composting of animal, human, food, and garden waste has increased by over 500% since 2010, eliminating over 367 (32%) metric tons of CO2 that would have otherwise been emitted.

3. The amount of greenhouse gas emissions emitted per camper and staff member has declined by 48% over the past 7 years.

4. Since 2013, we’ve decreased annual propane use by 42%.

5. Installing wood boilers at the Farmhouse has decreased our use of #2 fuel oil by 6,000 gallons a year.

6. We eliminated 18,000-kilowatt hours of electricity consumption with the solar system at Tamarack Farm.

7. Our newest solar field behind resource produces approximately 75,000-kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

8. With diligence in ensuring no food, wood, or recycling goes in the trash we’ve reduced our annual trash bill by $4,500.

9. Our kybos save an estimated 1 million gallons of water annually.

What’s next? Ideally, we would eliminate the rest of the fossil fuel for building heating and eventually produce more electricity than we consume.

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