LEED Hits The Wilds Of Maine Backcountry

Love to hike, but looking for a few more amenities than those afforded by your tent this summer? The Appalachian Mountain Club recently announced the opening of its Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins on Long Pond, between Greenville and Brownville in Maine, the central lodge of which is LEED-registered.

According to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), this is the first sporting camp lodge in Maine–and one of only a handful of backcountry facilities in the nation–to go for green building certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s widely-recognized program; certification is anticipated for later this year.

Gorman Chairback Lodge Maine

image via Appalachian Mountain Club

The central lodge at the facility was designed by LDa Architecture and Design to function off the grid (as befits a true wilderness retreat) with power supplied exclusively by solar panels. Other eco-friendly features include double-glazed, argon-filled windows, extensive insulation, radiant heat, and a biomass heating system.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for summer to experience this eco-lodge for yourself, as the facility is the newest stop on a 37-mile-long cross-country ski trail network connecting the camp with three other sport camps, including two owned and operated for the public by AMC—Medawisla Wilderness Lodge and Cabins in Kokadjo and Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins in T7 R9.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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