Our celebrations leading up to Earth Day and the annual Greenovate Awards continues! As we celebrate the Earth all month long, Greenovate Boston is highlighting past Greenovate Award winners in a series we’re calling: Where are they now?.
The 11th Annual Greenovate Awards Party is tonight (RSVP here!). Leading up to the big celebration we are highlighting this year’s awards sponsor and past Greenovate Award winner, Boston Properties. Read more about their organization and their commitment to greening Boston.
In our second installment we are happy to introduce Boston Properties, one of the most progressive mixed-use building developers in the United States. They are also our hosts for the Greenovate Awards Party this year, and we couldn’t imagine a better location to celebrate our environment than one of Boston’s greenest buildings: Boston Properties’ 888 Boylston Street.
Located in Boston’s Back Bay, Boston Properties (BXP) has been actively involved in green development in the Boston region for many years. BXP took home the Greenovate Award for Green Business back in 2008, and they have only ramped up their leadership within the green building community in Boston since then. Bryan Koop, BXP’s Executive Vice President, has been a member of the Green Ribbon Commission since its inception, and was co-chair of the Climate Preparedness Working Group from 2013-2014. Ben Myers, BXP’s Sustainability Manager, leads sustainability initiatives at Boston Properties and has been a tireless advocate for showing how sustainability makes good business sense. BXP has partnered with A Better City to enroll their portfolio in the Challenge for Sustainability, and has committed to the Mayor’s Carbon Cup. BXP’s leadership on innovative green building projects can be summarized by taking a closer look at their property on 888 Boylston Street.
Since its early development days, BXP had a goal set on making 888 Boylston Street the most sustainable building in Boston. The vision for the 425,000 square-foot building was to create a high performance work space that is designed to promote wellness and productivity for those working inside the building. All-in-all, 888 has been designed to consume 35% less energy than a code-compliant baseline building, resulting in an annual cost savings of $650,000.
The list goes on in regards to the measures BXP took to achieve such significant savings. Highlights include including living walls and a green roof that provide connections with nature and supports a healthier urban ecosystem, as well as a rainwater harvesting system that provides 20% of the total water consumed by the building. The roof itself acts as a miniature renewable energy plant, complete with a 134 kilowatt solar photovoltaic and wind turbine system that produces enough energy to power 15 homes in Massachusetts. The building has been designed to operate 47% more efficiently than regional office peers, and is anticipating Platinum certification under the USGBC LEED-CS.
To learn more about BXP’s sustainability initiatives and their continued work in the Boston community, check out their sustainability page on their website. And come see for yourself just how green 888 Boylston is during our Greenovate Awards Party on April 19th, everyone is invited!