Last week, A Better City celebrated its 6th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards to honor Boston’s buildings and businesses working to reduced greenhouse emissions and reach real, measurable sustainability goals. The Challenge works with 105 facilities, which represents 46.5 million square feet of commercial real estate in Boston. Since 2009, there has been a collective 15% reduction in GHG emissions, 1,800 sustainability actions implemented, and more than 93 million kWh of electricity saved by Challenge participants. This equals over $10 million in savings!
“A Better City is privileged to work collaboratively with the City to meet its goals while helping the commercial real estate sector achieve significant energy savings,” said Rick Dimino, President & CEO of A Better City.
Here are some of this year’s award winners:
- Largest Energy Reduction in 2014- Sheraton Hotel Boston
- Most Improved Challenge Score in 2014- John Hancock Tower
- Highest Overall Challenge Score- John Hancock Manulife Financial
- Largest Increase in Sustainability Actions in 2014- Seaport East
This year, a new award was introduced—the “Target 2020 Leaders” award recognizes Challenge participants who have achieved a 25% reduction in GHG emissions. Twelve properties have achieved this level or recognition and are helping implement Boston’s Climate Action Plan.
“The fact that these Target 2020 Leaders have already achieved a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions demonstrates that Boston’s citywide 25% by 2020 reduction goal is within reach,” said Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston. “I’d like to thank A Better City for supporting this work, and I’d like to congratulate these 12 properties for their leadership and commitment to helping Greenovate Boston.”
Congrats to ABC and this year’s Target 2020 Leaders!
|Federal Reserve Bank of Boston||600 Atlantic Avenue||2010|
|The Chiofaro Company||1 International Place||2011|
|Tsoi / Kobus & Associates||1 Brattle Square||2011|
|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute||Dana Building||2012|
|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute||Shields Warren Building||2012|
|Friends of Post Office Square||Zero Post Office Square||2012|
|John Hancock / Manulife||197 Clarendon Street||2012|
|John Hancock / Manulife||601 Congress Street||2013|
|The Chiofaro Company||2 International Place||2013|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts||Landmark Center||2014|
|Foley Hoag LLP||Seaport West||2014|
|Putnam Investments||1 Post Office Square||2014|