Tomorrow is Earth Day, the one day a year set aside for awareness and celebration of our planet’s natural environment. However, at Turkey Hill we like to think of every day as Earth Day. Through our many green initiatives, we remain vigilant about protecting the Earth and keeping it clean and healthy for future generations.
Built in 2011, Turkey Hill’s two 262-foot-tall wind turbines generate up to 25 percent of the Dairy’s annual electricity needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 5,900 tons per year. The total output of the turbines is enough electricity to make six million gallons of ice cream each year!
GOING GREEN IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS
Although the turbines do a lot, they’re not the only thing we do to make Earth Day a daily celebration. Here are few more of Turkey Hill’s Earth-friendly practices, which you can learn more about on the Green Initiatives page our website:
- High efficiency light bulbs reduce annual operating costs, extend lamp life cycles, lower maintenance costs, and reduce heat load in warehouses.
- Our partnership Green Energy Plant reduces the use of diesel fuel by an estimated 150,000 gallons per year.
- Our Wastewater Treatment Plant reduces use of propane gas by nearly 85 percent or the equivalent of more than 120,000 gallons of propane per year.
- Our recycling programs have recycled approximately 1,500 tons of plastics, cardboard, metals, and paper over the last three years.
PRESERVING LANCASTER COUNTY FARMS
We’re also very proud of our efforts to preserve the Earth and farmland right here in Lancaster County through our ongoing partnership with the Lancaster Farmland Trust. The Trust is an organization that has preserved more than 28,000 acres of Lancaster County farmland since 1988.
Over the past two decades, Turkey Hill has donated more than $500,000 to the Lancaster Trust thanks in part to donations from fans. Lancaster County is home to nearly 6,000 farms, 99 percent of which are family-owned. The farms employ more than 51,000 men and women and contribute more than $4 billion to the local economy.
Altogether, these efforts are part of what makes Earth Day a little extra special for us here at Turkey Hill and one of many reasons why we do our best to celebrate Mother Earth 365 days a year.