July 19, 2018
Trustees of Reservations Gets $300K in Federal Stimulus Funds

May 6, 2010 — The Trustees of Reservations, a regional land trust which operates more than 25,000 of open space available to the public, were awarded $300,000 in federal stimulus funds that will support green building upgrades for several of its properties.

Each project will take a slightly different approach and will serve as a valuable model for future green renovations of historic properties, according to The Trustees of Reservations.

The reservations to be upgraded are Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Hamilton, Bullitt Reservation in Conway and Ashfield, and the Lyman Estate in Waltham.

The grant monies will enable The Trustees of Reservations to conduct “Deep Energy Retrofits” for its original farmhouse on Appleton Farms in Ipswich (the oldest working farm in North America), making the house 55% more energy efficient than today’s building codes require, as well for the historic farmhouse – formerly the Ashfield Town Poor Farm -- located on the Bullitt as Reservation in Conway and Ashfield.

The renovated Bullitt farmhouse will combine electric heat pump technology, with plans to add solar power as funds are available, and super-insulation to increase energy efficiency while cutting energy consumption by more than 50%. In addition, 100% of the materials from the farmhouse deconstruction will be recycled or reused.

“We are excited that the Deep Energy Retrofits will allow our two farm property buildings to become 'net-zero’ energy users by producing as much energy as they consume,” says Jim Younger, The Trustees’ Director for Structural Resources.

He added, “In keeping with our commitment to sustainability and reducing our overall carbon footprint at all of our properties, the green Appleton and Bullitt renovations will be the third and fourth of hopefully many more planned green buildings owned and managed by The Trustees in the future.”

Younger has also helped The Trustees apply for funding to install a solar panel array at Appleton Farms, which will generate enough electricity for the entire farming operation.

Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees manages 101 properties located on 26,000 acres in 73 communities throughout Massachusetts. All reservations are open for the public and range from working farms and historic homesteads.

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