The Arboretum is going green
[September 29, 2014] Yes, we’re going green … even greener than we have been, in fact.
As many of you have personally experienced, energy costs have done nothing but rise over the years. This is especially true when it comes to propane costs which the Dubuque Arboretum currently uses to heat the Visitor Center, the Caretaker’s house, the McAleece Center, our greenhouses and maintenance buildings.
Thanks to the Dubuque Racing Association
Thanks to the Dubuque Racing Association who awarded us the major funding for the project, we are in the process of switching over from propane to natural gas. This involves putting gas lines underground to all our buildings (the natural gas line ended near our front gate), adding a new water heater and replacing a furnace that was thirty years old.
Thanks to Black Hills Energy
We would also like to thank Black Hills Energy who donated a portion of the cost it will take to make this project happen!
Savings for programs
What will this project save us over time? Our conservative figures show that we will save between $3,000 and $4,000 on an annual basis. This means we can divert those dollars to mission-driven programs.
Wylie Bledsoe, Project Manager and Executive Vice President