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Behind the Scenes Green: Mansion House on Martha’s Vineyard

For years, the leaky basement at Mansion House was proprietor Susan Goldstein’s annoying little secret. Even following a total rebuild, after fire destroyed the Martha’s Vineyard landmark in 2001, a daily 16,000 gallons of water had to be sump-pumped, thanks to a basement that was too deep into the groundwater. But Goldstein, who owns Mansion House together with her husband Sherman, recently decided to turn her dirty secret into a green one: by installing a geothermal system that relies on the groundwater to essentially store solar energy. Mansion House simply draws on the power as needed. A second phase to the project will ensure that the heat energy will be further used for the hotel’s pool and hot water needs.

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