Impact of Climate Change Work

Landscape © Nick Sarfaty Jackson
Landscape © Nick Sarfaty Jackson

Support Climate Change Work 

The current and projected future impacts of climate change on nature in Massachusetts are very significant, requiring a thoughtful and comprehensive approach and a sustained effort. Mass Audubon is uniquely suited to demonstrate actions to adapt to climate change.

Since 2003, Mass Audubon has reduced its annual carbon emissions from its buildings and vehicles by almost 50 percent. This has been done through conserving energy, producing renewable energy, and purchasing green electricity.

Accomplishments in FY 2016 include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocated for legislation that would help Bay Staters adapt to climate change and avoid its worst impacts through a Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan (CAMP). We also supported an Executive Order from the Governor with the same goal, which is a step in the right direction.
  • Provided educational programs to community groups, educators, and students explaining the climate challenges and solutions relevant to Massachusetts.
  • Presented 23 workshops focused on climate change and resilience for people and nature through our Shaping the Future of Your Community program. Approximately 680 attendees from more than 85 communities learned about how they can prepare and avoid impacts of climate change through land conservation and improved development practices. 
  • Brought the total number of Mass Audubon members and supporters buying green electricity through our Make the Switch program to 830. Collectively, these members prevented 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually, roughly equivalent to the amount emitted in burning 91,000 gallons of gasoline.
  • Powered all Mass Audubon facilities with 100% renewable energy. Our 30-plus photovoltaic arrays produced over 372,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, about 37% of our annual electricity usage and roughly the amount of energy used by 51 Massachusetts homes in a year. We purchase the remainder of our energy from renewable sources through Mass Energy.