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Gardner Museum’s environmentally friendly wing eyes LEED certification with geothermal wells

Eight geothermal wells dug underneath the museum break new ground in conserving energy.

D IGGING WELLS is an idea almost as old as water itself. But at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, eight geothermal wells have literally broken new ground.

The Gardner is aiming for a gold LEED certification with its environmentally friendly new wing, and it is among the first museums in the United States to use geothermal wells to supplement its heating and cooling needs.

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