Green Features at Broad Meadow Brook

Visitor's Center roof-mounted solar PV array at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is doing its part to leave a lighter footprint on the environment by utilizing green technology.

Conserving Energy

  • Energy audit performed on the buildings and recommendations implemented
  • Additional insulation has been installed and the buildings have been airsealed
  • All air conditioning units replaced with EnergyStar Units
  • All incandescent light bulbs have been replaced with LED light bulbs
  • Oil furnace was replaced with a high-efficiency natural gas furnace
  • Purchased EnergyStar appliances
  • Refrigerators have been replaced with EnergyStar models
  • Replaced computer monitors with energy efficient monitors
  • Whole house fan
  • Recycling program
  • Programmable thermostats installed

Buying Electricity Generated from Renewable Sources

  • 100% green electricity purchased from Green Energy Consumers Alliance (New England Wind product) for all electricity not produced on site

Generating Renewable Energy

  • Three photovoltaic arrays (13kW, 9.03kW, and 2.9kW) installed
    • 9.03 kW PV array on the roof of the Visitor Center
    • 13 kW PV array on the roof of the Fargo Education Center
    • 2.88 kW PV array on the roof of our camp pavilion

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

  • Four Level 2 J1772 connector plugs that are compatible with all makes and models of EV (Tesla owners may need to use an adapter to connect their vehicle)
  • Each plug provides about 25 miles for every hour of charging time
  • ChargePoint Network
  • $0.28 per kWh

Building Green Buildings

  • New Education Center: Mass Audubon’s first deep-energy retrofit project, converting a former residence into a new program facility. The building received a new addition, virtually doubling the size of the building. The entire project was designed to create a fossil fuel free, net-zero energy facility. A new 13kW photovoltaic array was installed on the roof to provide all the electricity the building uses on an annual basis.

Conserving Water

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  • 11 low-flow toilets installed
  • Rain gardens at nature center and education center
  • Rainwater collection
  • Two water bottle filling stations have been installed
  • EnergyStar dishwasher

Enhancing Energy Education

  • Interpretation of energy and water conservation features and photovoltaic array
  • Photovoltaic array electricity production on internet in real time
  • Green building tour