Green Campus

Green Commitment

Since its formation in 1984, Beaumont has made a bold commitment to minimize its environmental and carbon footprint, and the residents' Green Committee leads the charge to continue this effort in a number of areas:

Smart energy

  • Beaumont installed geothermal wells to augment traditional heating and cooling systems for the villas, apartments and mansion, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, limiting our carbon output, and saving an estimated 30 to 60% on energy costs
  • A gas-powered generator with campus-wide capacity was installed after several grid outages – especially important for patients living in the Health Center. Through active demand monitoring, Beaumont is also able to add back electricity to the grid during peak demand times.
  • Common area and exterior lighting has been converted to hyper-efficient LEDs (light emitting diodes).

Rain and storm water management

  • The half-acre pond and the Vale spillway are the two primary collection basins for rain and storm water runoff, adding bio-diversity and beauty to our landscape. The Vale is usually dry and offers a chance for many Beaumont dogs to run free.
  • An innovative holding basin was recently constructed beneath the putting green
  • The 25-acre woodland provides a natural cushion of fallen leaves to hold and absorb rain
  • Rain gardens have been planted to receive runoff from the commons, and native grasses and flowers help to increase ground water recharge.

Woods, gardens and trails

  • Beaumont’s 25 acres of woodland are designated a Stewardship Forest by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, and protocols from the Natural Lands Trust provide staff and resident volunteers guidance in maintaining this precious resource
  • Earth Day is a major event for Beaumont residents and ground staff, celebrated by cleaning up winter residue around campus and planting native wild flowers and trees
  • The greenhouse serves as incubator and winter home for seeds and plants for resident’s private gardens as well as Beaumont’s formal gardens
  • For sheer enjoyment of the outdoors, residents and visitors are able to walk the scenic, well-maintained trails.

Waste management

  • Composting has become a way of life at Beaumont. Each day, kitchen and office staff and residents contribute nearly 50 pounds of biodegradables. Combined with leaves and lawn debris, Beaumont produces more than enough organic compost for its and residents’ gardens.
  • Beaumont recycles approximately 60 tons of paper, plastic, glass, metal and cardboard annually, and carefully selects and monitors its trash hauler for best practices.

Future plans

  • An evaluation of the existing geothermal system is under way to potentially add capacity, and expansion of the energy monitoring and LED programs will further reduce our utility bills
  • Additional water gardens are planned for water retention and the outlet stream from the pond and Vale will be replanted with native grasses to prevent erosion of downstream areas
  • New plantings will ensure the future of our woodland as older hardwoods mature, and invasive non-native plants will continue to be removed
  • Food services will expand its local farm-to-table program and incorporate the harvest from its new herb garden in even more delicious and healthy meals. 
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