Green Features at Moose Hill

Mass Audubon Moose Hill Nature Center with solar array

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is doing its part to leave a lighter footprint on the environment by utilizing green technology.

Conserving Energy

  • Multiple energy and lighting audits completed and many recommendations implemented
  • Refrigerators have been replaced with EnergyStar models
  • Computer monitors have been replaced with energy efficient models
  • High-efficiency furnace installed
  • Air conditioners have been replaced with EnergyStar models and are set at minimal temperatures
  • Window blinds used to reduce solar warming of spaces during summer months
  • LED lighting is used throughout the sanctuary
  • Programmable thermostats installed
  • Motion sensing light switches added to several low-traffic rooms
  • On-site recycling program
  • Battery powered tools purchased and in use—weed wacker, chainsaw, snow blower

Buying Electricity Generated from Renewable Sources

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

Generating Renewable Energy

  • Photovoltaic arrays (8.6 kW on visitor center roof, 5.7 kW on CSA barn roof, and 3.7 kW on carriage house roof) installed

Building Green Buildings

  • High performance building envelope for bathroom/reception area addition at the visitors center
  • On-demand water heaters and low flow water fixtures for bathroom addition
  • Extensive day-lighting reducing the need and use of artificial lighting

Replacing Vehicles

  • Toyota Prius hybrid purchased

Conserving Water

  • Washing machines have been replaced with high-efficiency models
  • 12 dual-flush toilets and 2 waterless urinals installed 
  • EnergyStar dishwasher installed
  • Water bottle filling station installed in the visitors center encouraging the use of reusable water bottles

Enhancing Energy Education

  • Interpretation of energy and water conservation features and photovoltaic array
  • Photovoltaic array electricity production viewable on the internet in real time
  • Demonstration of organic farming through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program; growing vegetables without chemical pesticides or fertilizers
  • Bird Garden, utilizing native plants, installed at CSA barn