Green Features at Pleasant Valley

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

Conserving Energy

  • Energy and lighting audits completed and recommendations implemented
  • Second energy audit performed to capture additional energy conservation measures
  • Additional insulation has been installed and the buildings have been airsealed
  • All CFL light bulbs have been replaced with LED light bulbs
  • Refrigerators have been replaced with EnergyStar models
  • Replaced computer monitors with energy efficient monitors
  • Programmable thermostats installed
  • Replaced air conditioner with EnergyStar model
  • Replaced dehumidifier with EnergyStar model
  • Replacing 20 year old boiler with high efficiency oil boiler and water heater
  • Recycling Program

Buying Electricity Generated from Renewable Sources

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

Generating Renewable Energy

Conserving Water

  • 8 low-flush toilets and two waterless urinals installed
  • Water-saving faucets in bathrooms
  • 2 water bottle filling stations installed to reduce the use of plastic water bottles

Enhancing Energy Education

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