• Oak leaf
  • Hartwick's Pine Lake in winter
  • Pine Lake Field Station Researchers
  • Ferns at Pine Lake

Sustainability at Pine Lake

Sustainability is a core value at Pine Lake. A photovoltaic system produces about half the electricity used annually in the Robertson Lodge. The Vaudevillian, Pine Lake's multi-use building, features composting toilets. And that's not all: Pine Lake features two natural buildings, the Cob House and the Strawbale House, both of which were designed and built by students in a course called Architecture of the Sacred.

Most cabins at Pine Lake use wood pellet stoves as a primary or secondary heat source.  Wood pellets are made from compressed sawdust, a renewable resource generated as a waste product of wood manufacturing processes.

Pine Lake residents make their own maple syrup, and practice recycling, carpooling and composting.