AMC's Green Promise

Our commitment to the outdoors

AMC's Green promise

Our Commitment

The AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship. These policies are designed to both reduce our environmental impact and provide an opportunity for guests to learn how to practice conservation at home. In some cases we are upgrading our destinations to make them more energy-efficient. In the case of the Highland Center, we built a lodge and education center from the ground up to utilize the latest in green design and technology.
All New Hampshire huts and lodges have been awarded "Environmental Champion" status by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association's Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program.

AMC is committed to continuing to find new ways to reduce energy use, with a goal of reducing its total carbon footprint by 80% by 2050.

Energy Efficiency

  • LED or CF lighting (all locations)

  • Double to triple glazed windows (all locations)

  • Highly insulated building shell (HiC, GC)*

  • Recycled building materials (HiC)*

  • Alternative energy sources

    • Ultra-low emission biomass heating and hot water using locally harvested wood (HiC, GC)*

    • o Solar water preheat (4 huts, JDL, Cardigan)

    • Solar power generation (all huts, GC, LL, Cardigan)

    • Wind power generation (5 huts)

    • Small-scale hydropower (Zealand Falls Hut)

* The Highland Center and the lodge building at Gorman Chairback were built as green buildings from the ground up. Gorman Chairback uses a LEED-registered design. AMC has retrofitted older facilities to improve energy efficiency.

Transportation

  • AMC operates hiker shuttle between Lincoln, Gorham, HiC, JDL, major trailheads)

  • EV charging stations (HiC, JDL)

  • Chapter activity registration system includes carpooling features

  • Waste Reduction / Water

  • Recycling (all locations)

  • "No napkin" policy (all huts)

  • Bulk liquid soap and shampoo in bathrooms (all frontcountry lodges, GC, LL)

  • Biodegradable cleaning products (all locations)

  • Majority of driveways/walkways are unpaved to reduce runoff

  • Food composting (HiC, JDL, Cardigan, all huts)

  • Composting toilets (Clivus Multrum) or waterless system (all huts, GC, LL, Highland Center staff space, Highland Center Thayer Hall public restrooms; Crawford Depot Macomber Family Information Center public restrooms; JDL public restrooms)

Local Sourcing

  • Local food purchases (AMC huts use ingredients from local providers, including King Arthur Flour [VT], Sawyer's Maple Farm [ME], Cabot Creamery [VT], Native Maine Produce [ME], New Hampshire Coffee Roasting [NH], Grandy Oats [ME], Stonyfield Farms [NH], Wyman's of Maine [ME])

  • On-site vegetable gardens (GC, LL)

  • Locally manufactured furniture (HiC, Cardigan, GC)

Minimizing Backcountry Impact

Along with the energy conservation and waste reduction strategies noted above, we manage trails to our huts to minimize erosion and help protect vegetation. We monitor air quality at the summit and base of Mt. Washington, and have worked to protect and restore rare alpine flowers, including a successful restoration effort for the Robbins cinquefoil, resulting in its removal from the federal Endangered Species list.

Recognition

TripAdvisor Green Leader, Gold Level (HiC, JDL) 

Maine Environmental Leader Award (LL)

New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program Environmental Champion Certification

(All eight huts, HiC, JDL, Cardigan)