Mass Audubon Makes Charging Electric Vehicles Easy at Sanctuaries Throughout State
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, now provides electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at an increasing number of its wildlife sanctuaries throughout the Commonwealth.
In recognizing climate change as one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century—and that the burning of fossil fuels is the major source of greenhouse gas emissions that drive our warming planet—Mass Audubon has made an organization-wide commitment to meet that challenge in multiple ways, including by reducing its transportation carbon footprint.
And with the transportation sector now accounting for more than 40 percent of the state’s carbon emissions, EV owners will appreciate knowing that all electricity provided by charging stations at Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries comes from renewable sources.
Visitors to 11 wildlife sanctuaries from Cape Cod to the Connecticut River Valley now enjoy the extra convenience and peace of mind knowing that their EVs will be powering up while they and their families and friends are connecting with nature at some of the state’s most beautiful outdoor destinations.
Present locations include:
- Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
- Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick
- Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln
- Habitat Education Center, Belmont
- Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon
- North River Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield
- Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
- Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport
CAPE COD & ISLANDS
- Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet
- Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton
CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY
- Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton and Northampton
And to make it an even dozen, one more wildlife sanctuary, the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, should have its EV charging station up and running for visitors by the end of the year.
Vice President for Operations Bancroft Poor, who oversees the conservation organization’s sustainability/renewable energy initiatives, said, “Investing in electric vehicles and hybrids and EV charging stations is an important way by which Mass Audubon can meaningfully reduce its own dependence on fossil fuels.
“Providing charging stations can also serve to encourage the half-million people who visit our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries each year to consider purchasing electric vehicles and even recommend them to others,” Poor noted.
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 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's 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 135,000 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 www.massaudubon.org.