The Highlights Foundation has a big goal: to transform the energy management of our Retreat Center and reach either net-zero or net-positive energy usage.
In January 2022, the Highlights Foundation was named the 2022 Green Business of the Year by Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support of Northeastern PA (SEEDS) and the Chamber of the Northern Poconos.
In December 2020, we received a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, with assistance from SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania, to use toward our Net Zero Energy projects. With this grant we were able to insulate cabins, upgrade heating and cooling with mini-split units in each cabin, and install a large (105KW) ground-mount solar array. We look forward to the energy savings in the years ahead!
In July 2020, thanks to a gift from Kent Brown and others, we installed a 30kw solar array to help provide renewable energy on campus.
In late 2019, we began automating our energy controls and monitoring through the use of smart thermostats throughout
In 2019, we adopted an Energy Mission Statement: “to lead the way in a transition to net positive energy usage at Boyds Mills by end of 2021 via creation of an energy management plan and its implementation, while providing educational opportunities to those who are touched by this property.”