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Painting of Hillwood and the Lunar Lawn

Sustainability at Hillwood

Sustainability at Hillwood

Hillwood is "Where Beauty Lives," dedicated to preserving the important legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post and continuing to inspire and educate the public. Environmental stewardship is vital to ensuring Hillwood remains vibrant, healthy, innovative, and current, building a sustainable future for our communities and the world around us. 

Sustainability at Hillwood addresses everything from organic pest control in the gardens to renewable energy usage in the mansion. We remain committed to protecting and maintaining the health of the environment. 

Learn more about environmental stewardship:

Environmental Conservation

Hillwood protects the earth's biodiversity and implements best practices in horticulture. Hillwood staff always look first to safer and gentler alternatives to traditional pesticides, create sustainable landscapes, monitor water consumption, encourage biodiversity within the gardens, and more.

Climate Action

We are a leader in energy consumption and materials management, greatly reducing electrical usage and recycling as many resources on campus as possible. Staff at Hillwood incorporate new initiatives, updating the campus to the "greenest" standards.

Earth Day 2022

To celebrate Earth Day, Hillwood's Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is sharing environmental stewardship initiatives vital to ensuring Hillwood remains vibrant, healthy, innovative, and current, building a sustainable future for our communities and the world around us.

2021 Highlights

  • 86% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions
  • 100% natural gas carbon offset
  • 100% renewably sourced electricity
  • 25% reduction in site use energy
  • 1,500 new campus LED lights (a 200% increase since 2020)

2022 Focus

  • Rainwater capture for the greenhouse
  • 2,000 additional LED lights 
  • BEPS benchmarking
  • Water conservation
  • Efficiency improvements

Hillwood's Environmental Action Team (HEAT) was recently featured in the Phipps Conservatory Climate Toolkit blog. Read more about the work Hillwood is doing to be more sustainable.