Our comprehensive energy audit in 2010 identified key areas of energy consumption and resulted in the pursuit of resource reduction programs focused on energy saving activities and the acquisition of fuel-efficient vehicles.
An Eye to Resource Reduction
To learn more about our carbon-producing activities, we conducted a comprehensive energy audit in 2010 that scrutinized everything from our energy consumption to our use of hazardous materials. Through this audit, we developed a list of 14 areas where we could have the greatest impact. Chief among these was the heating of our Conservatory and our overall energy consumption.
As a result of these findings, we launched a number of energy saving programs—both immediate and long-term—that range from simple things like replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs to more complex capital improvements such as replacing single-paned glass with double-paned glass in the Conservatory.
Our Green Machines
For proof that sustainability touches everything at Longwood Gardens, look no further than our on-site transportation. Every Longwood vehicle that has reached the end of its life is replaced with a more fuel-efficient model. For example, trucks are swapped out for golf carts when they can do the same job, or an eight-cylinder vehicle is replaced with a four-cylinder model. Through this approach, we have increased our hybrid and electric fleet by 30 percent since 2010.
Also, for visitors with eco-friendly transporation, two charging stations for plug-in electric/hybrid cars are available in our Visitor Center Parking Lot. Charging stations have the industry standard “J1772” plug and operate with a 240-volt, 30-amp AC circuit. The stations are available to guests free of charge.