See renewable and energy conservation programs at work!
See wind power at work
Wind turbines are now becoming a common sight in Massachusetts. Here are some that are easy to visit.
- The town of Hull on the South Shore is a national leader in coastal wind energy development. It has two large-scale turbines plus a residential-size turbine at the Weir River Estuary Nature Center. The 1.8 megawatt Hull 2 is the largest in the state. The 164-feet Hull 1 stands at the tip of Hull; the most spectacular view is from a Boston Harbor Islands ferry.
- Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock generates one third of all its electricity needs from Zephyr, a 253-foot-tall, 1.5 megawatt turbine on the side of the mountain. Tours are conducted May through mid-October; advance reservations are required.
- For wind power on a smaller scale, head to Red Apple Farm in Phillipston. Check out the 50-foot, 15 kilowatt turbine, then stay to pick your own fruit, take a fall hay ride, and visit the chickens and the rabbits.
See sustainability programs at work
Mass Audubon has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 50 percent by installing solar arrays and solar thermal systems, building and renovating its buildings to green standards, conserving water, and using renewable energy. Many of the sanctuaries’ nature centers have self-guided tours. Visit Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and you’ll see how it generates electricity from the sun and re-uses rain water to irrigate its gardens. Plus, see a fun, sun-powered kinetic sculpture. Take a self-guided tour of the LEED-certified Nature Center at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary. Mass Audubon has lots of great events related to sustainability.
See a green roof grow
Green roofs are covered in low-maintenance plants; they reduce water run-off, save energy, and improve air quality. You can see a Green roof at the Boston Children’s Museum, Massachusetts’ first green museum and the recipient of LEED Gold certification. You’ll also see green features throughout the museum.