In 2011, we opened our 10-acre solar field, generating more than 200 kilowatt-hours of power annually.
Reducing Longwood Gardens’ Carbon Footprint
Sustainability isn’t a “buzz word” at Longwood Gardens. It’s a way of life that is ingrained in the hearts and minds of every staff member and volunteer. Everyone has a hand in reducing the carbon footprint, from the greeter to the gardener. This mindset has produced novel ideas and innovative solutions for reducing energy and resource consumption that have established us as a globally respected leader in sustainability.
Beauty and function. It’s a balance that we successfully achieve with our 10-acre solar field. Through careful planning and creativity, we have proven that solar fields can be installed in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and effective.
We are engaging in several energy saving efforts to limit our overall consumption of electricity and other natural resources. Many of these efforts stem from a comprehensive energy audit that was conducted in 2010.
In addition to our floral gardens, Longwood maintains several areas dedicated to the growth of seasonal produce that is either sold or donated. These include the Idea Garden and a plot of land on the perimeter of the property that is managed by students in our Professional Horticulture Program.