By Rebecca Collins

We got a lot of positive feedback on our blog post 5 sites you don't want to miss on Greenbuild Tours, and we know that highlighting only five sights doesn't do the outstanding roster of 80 tour sites justice. So we've decided to highlight five more cool sites you don't want to miss on Greenbuild Tours.

The Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden at the Mass. General Hospital Yawkey Cancer Center

There is a growing body of research that shows that environments that promote a connection to nature reduce patient healing times. The Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden at the Mass. General Hospital (MGH) Yawkey Cancer Center is a meditation space that provides solitude among lush scenery.  The healing garden has served as inspiration for green roofs and healing garden development nationwide. This project demonstrates MGH’s leadership in championing high-performance healing environments. 

See the Ulfelder Healing Garden at MGH Yawkey Cancer Center on tour TS10 – Therapeutic Green: Helping People Heal sponsored by Perkins + Will.
Saturday, November 11, 1-5pm

The Sidney Research Campus

Cambridge is a hub for life science innovation, but designing energy-efficient laboratory buildings comes with a distinct set of challenges, especially when you have limited space to work with. The Sidney Research Campus illustrates how to effectively renovate existing buildings for not only energy efficiency but also to create a cohesive campus. 

See the Sidney Research Campus on tour TS08 – Sustainability in Cambridge’s Life Science Market
Saturday, November 11, 1-5pm

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters is Massachusetts’ first net-zero public office building, demonstrating that large-scale net-zero buildings can be created within a state budget. It also won the “Energy Efficiency” award at USGBC MA's 2016 Green Building Showcase. The headquarters overlooks a beautiful wildlife management area totaling 1,000 acres. Get out of the city for a few hours and see this magnificent building.

See the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters on tour TS05 – All Green on the Western Front.
Saturday, November 11, 8am-12pm

New Balance Headquarters at Boston Landing

Boston Landing is slated to become Boston's health and wellness district, and it's anchored by the New Balance Headquarters, which achieved a LEED Platinum rating and was winner of “Building of the Year” at USGBC MA's 2016 Green Building Showcase.

See the New Balance Headquarters on tour TM11 – Developers Changing the Status Quo
Monday, November 6, 1-5pm


Walden Pond Visitor Center

Massachusetts' leadership in sustainability and the strength of our green building community can be traced back to our deep roots in the conservation movement. Walden Pond is considered by many to be the birthplace of the conservation movement due to its association with Henry David Thoreau. The spirit of the movement has carried forward into the design of the visitor center, a net-zero building designed to harmonize with its beautiful surroundings. 

See the Walden Pond Visitor Center on tour TM03 – Net Positive Revolution sponsored by Auburndale Builders, ZeroEnergy Design and Thoughtforms.
Monday, November 6, 8am-4pm

This is just another taste of the tour offerings. All of the tours have interesting sites that demonstrate all of the different ways Massachusetts is leading in green building. For a full list of tours and to register visit


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