The George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center

A Commitment to the Environment...

Green Building Tour 

Take a virtual tour inside the George Robert White Environmental Center. 

The George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center grew out of a strong commitment to conservation and environmental protection from both the City of Boston and Mass Audubon.

In the United States buildings account for:

  • 36% of total energy use
  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 30% of raw material use
  • 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)

Green Buildings are built smarter. This building consumes 30% less energy than a conventional building, uses fewer natural resources, and creates a safer, healthier space for occupants.

...and the Community

In addition to serving as a regional model for green design, the Environmental Conservation Center is particularly focused on meeting the needs of the local community. The Center is situated in one of the highest density residential neighborhoods in the City of Boston, with more than 230,000 residents and over 40 schools within two miles. Community representatives and organizations were included from the early stages of the design process and their input continues to shape the programs and operations of the sanctuary.

The Boston Nature Center (BNC) seeks to engage its diverse community in the understanding of our role as human beings within the natural world and create a sense of connection among all living creatures. The BNC serves thousands of visitors each year and provides environmental education programs to Boston elementary schools through its Boston Schools Initiative and other innovative programs.