Drumlin Farm Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold Certification for Farm Life Center
Michael P. O'Connor
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 protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.