Along with Greenbelt's mission to conserve land in Essex County, it is our goal to practice sustainable measures to mitigate our carbon footprint at our headquarters located at the Cox
Reservation in Essex. Since the building was renovated and expanded in 2007, Greenbelt has been on the forefront of incorporating green building and renewable energy practices into our
Located behind the farmhouse are two tracking solar panels that receive plenty of daily sun . These solar panels provide more electricity than Greenbelt uses and also power our electric car
chargers. The installation of the solar panels have been a great addition to Greenbelt's measures to reduce our carbon footprint. (Made possible with a generous donation from Tim and Emily
Collins of Topsfield.)
Electric Car Charging Stations
In 2019, a dual electric car charging station was installed in the public parking area. Not only does it provide power for visiting electric vehicles free of charge, but it also promotes
Greenbelt is headquartered in a centuries old building at the Allyn Cox Reservation in Essex. The building underwent an
extensive renovation and expansion in 2007 that added office space and a conference room while incorporating a number of green building practices to improve efficiency and make wise use of
materials. The building achieved a gold-level LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
As sea levels rise, the Cox Reservation faces many threats; the worst being flooding. In recent years, there have been large tidal surges, that have cause a considerable amount of
flooding on the property.
The causeway is the only access that allows Greenbelt staff, members, and other visitors to get to the Cox Reservation. Erosion of transitional areas between wetlands and uplands, and damages
to the salt marsh from storm surges are a few more examples of threats that the reservation now faces.
Due to these recent climate impacts, it became clear that developing a climate based management plan for the property was crucial.
Moving from Gas Power
Greenbelt's Stewardship Department is moving to replace its gas-powered tools with electric and battery-powered tools. Because much of our electricity is produced by our solar arrays,
these tools would be powered by renewable energy.
The goal is also to replace gasoline-powered tractors and other vehicles to either all-electric or hybrid vehicles.