Drumlin Farm Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold Certification for Farm Life Center

Release Date:
June 2, 2016

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary has earned LEED® Gold certification for its Farm Life Center, which leverages state-of-the art green design features to enhance the popular wildlife sanctuary’s nature-based education and programming objectives.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures worldwide. The Farm Life Center, a showcase for the principles of green design and construction, includes an array of features that support those tenets, including:

  • Significant insulation to ensure maximum heating/cooling efficiency. The ceiling and skylights are also insulated, and the windows are triple glazed.
  • Heating, cooling and lighting powered by a solar array on the nearby Sheep and Goat Barn.
  • Paints, adhesives, and sealants free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to improve indoor air quality.
  • Lumber milled from trees harvested at Drumlin Farm, with all purchased lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • A heat recovery ventilator to bring in fresh air from the outside, preheating the air in winter and precooling the air in summer, to provide ventilation while reducing energy use.
  • An air-to-air heat pump to take in outside air and extract any heat energy to boost the indoor air temperature and reduce the effort of the electric heating system (works even on cold days).

“Earning LEED Gold status for this important center for programming and education is an achievement about which Drumlin Farm and all of Mass Audubon can be justly proud,” said Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer Bancroft Poor, who oversees Mass Audubon’s sustainability programs. “And it reinforces our commitment to green design and sustainable infrastructure as we reduce our carbon footprint organization wide.”


Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.