Climate Action Center at Arcadia

Climate Action Center at Arcadia © Phil Doyle
© Phil Doyle

As a way to address the challenges of climate change in Massachusetts, Mass Audubon has designated Arcadia as a Climate Action Center. By bringing a big global problem to a local and more manageable scale, we can gain insight on the effects of climate change on our community.

The Arcadia Climate Action Center leads our community in the fight against climate change by working with scientists to protect wildlife and their habitats in a rapidly changing world. We also provide educational programs to help people of all ages understand both the challenges and solutions of climate change. And we advocate for policies that make our towns and cities better places to live while helping people take action to protect nature.

Program Highlights

  • Informational sign in the nature center, providing tangible ways you can reduce your impact.
  • A tilting, rotating solar panel that follows the sun across the sky—it adjusts to the height of the sun above the horizon as it changes during the day and throughout the seasons, harnessing 45% more power than fixed panels. 
  • Life in a Changing Climate program, which helps middle and high school students understand the carbon cycle, the causes of climate change, and how we can deal with it.
  • Youth Climate Summits, hosted along with local partners; at these events students from several high schools come together to learn about sustainability and become climate action leaders.
  • Climate change radio spots featuring two Northampton High School seniors that aired on local radio stations.
  • Host the Arcadia Climate Change Video Contest in partnership with Dean's Bean Organic Coffee—Pioneer Valley residents ages 18-23 to create and submit short videos designed to educate viewers and inspire them to take action on climate change.

Resources to Learn More

Western Massachusetts Youth Climate Summit © Phil Doyle
Western Massachusetts Youth Climate Summit © Phil Doyle

Our Green Features

Arcadia is doing our part to leave a lighter footprint on the environment by utilizing green technology, conserving energy, and educating our visitors through informative displays about our conservation features and photovoltaic arrays.

Adjustable, tracking solar array at Arcadia
Adjustable, tracking solar array at Arcadia

Solar Energy

We're solar powered! Our fixed, ground-mounted 0.2 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array came online in November 2010, and a tilting, rotating solar PV array was installed in October 2017. See the energy production from the arrays charted in graph format.