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!

Organization Facility Date Achieved
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




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