Environmental sustainability has always been a value here in the peaceful woods. Over the years we’ve implemented a number of practices to improve Camp in that area. Below you’ll find a list of some of the ways we currently practice environmental sustainability at Friedenswald.
We spent September 2016 – April 2017 creating the “Camp Friedenswald Resilience and Sustainability Plan 2022.” We are excited to share our journey here. To see an overview of our triple-bottom-line plan (addressing not just environmental sustainability but also how to ensure that Camp is financially and socially resilient), check out this document. If you would like to print a booklet of the overview, check out this document.
Environmental Sustainability Practices at Camp
Compost food waste from the dining hall
Work to enhance biodiversity, control invasive plant species, and help protect specific endangered species like the Mitchell’s satyr butterfly and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake through ecological restoration projects
Read blog posts about our prairie fen and about our habitat restoration efforts.
Raise pigs on site and feed them dining hall leftovers
Recycle plastic, cardboard, paper, glass, and metal
Reduce trash by eliminating the use of disposable cups, stir sticks, etc.
Reduced trash and unhealthy food consumption by NOT selling candy or drinks at Camp Store during summer camps
Changed most of our lighting over to LEDs or efficient T8 bulbs
Installed occupancy sensors for lighting in many areas
Set thermostats to have maximum and minimum temperature settings in new and newly renovated buildings
Reduced use of motorized transportation on Camp property by using bicycles.
Installed dark sky lighting for outdoor lighting on new and newly renovated buildings, which avoids light pollution at night.
Purchased metal roofs, energy efficient appliances, 100% recycled content indoor and outdoor floor mats, replaceable carpet squares (instead of rolled carpet), and Indiana-made durable furniture for new and newly renovated buildings.
Stay posted for news about Camp’s journey in this area. Let us know if you have ideas or thoughts about steps forward! Email [email protected] for more information or to give your feedback.