New solar roof at Uplands Farm (Photo: The Nature Conservancy)
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Uplands Farm moves towards carbon neutral with clean energy upgrades

The Nature Conservancy’s Uplands Farm Sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor is becoming carbon neutral with new clean energy upgrades.

The project at the 97-acre nature preserve, funded by the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, includes rooftop solar, an electric vehicle charging station and energy efficiency upgrades that will dramatically reduce the property’s carbon footprint, making its offices carbon-neutral on an annual basis.

The upgrades are estimated to save more than 54 tons of carbon pollution, equivalent to the emissions from over 5,000 gallons of gasoline from gasoline-powered vehicles, each year.

“The Nature Conservancy is pleased to have Green Mountain Energy Sun Club’s support as we completely transition our largest office on Long Island to clean energy,” Bill Ulfelder, executive director at The Nature Conservancy in New York, said in a written statement. “These improvements are important steps in both reducing pollution that causes climate change, and The Nature Conservancy being a part of New York’s clean energy transformation, which is good for our economy. We are already feeling the impacts of a changing climate here in New York and around the world. By building a clean energy economy, we can tackle climate change, improve public health, and create good-paying jobs all over the state.”

Uplands Farm Sanctuary functioned as a working dairy farm prior to 1962, and the buildings on the property once served as farm structures. Uplands showcases environmental protection and conservation solutions to thousands of visitors annually.

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