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2008 Winners

In April 2008, The City of Boston and Mayor Thomas M. Menino recognized the winners of the 2008 Green Awards. The awards ceremony was held at Jury's Hotel, which won a Green Business award in 2007. Celebrating both local businesses and residents, the 2008 awards were expanded to include a non-profit category and a special bike-friendly business award for companies engaged in bike-friendly activities. The awards serve to recognize businesses and residents who are leaders in sustainability.

Green Residential Awards

The Green Residential Awards honor residents in Boston who are committed to sustainable living. 

Climate Action Leader Award  
This award is for a resident who has been a leader in community education about climate protection and/or available renewable and alternative energy sources for residents.

Cate Arnold - West Roxbury
Cate Arnold is an 8th grade history teacher at Boston Latin School and serves as the faculty advisor to the school's Youth Climate Action Network (Youth CAN). Formed in 2006, Youth CAN involves over 300 students. Under Ms. Arnold's leadership, they have organized educational events, embarked on a capital campaign to fund implementation of a conservation plan which includes a photo voltaic panel for their school and have raised $5,000 selling compact fluorescent light bulbs. Ms. Arnold connects them with other school and youth groups interested in climate issues. Mayor Menino will address their second annual Climate Change Summit in May. They were awarded first prize in Keyspan Foundation's Do Something Environmental Sustainability Competition in 2007.

Viki Bok, Dick Jones and family - Jamaica Plain
Viki Bok, Dick Jones and their 2 sons decided to honor the principles of the Kyoto Climate Change Treaty as a family. They started by measuring their greenhouse gas emissions and then rolled up their sleeves and began to reduce their carbon footprint. They replaced light bulbs, turned down their thermostats, replacing appliances with Energy Star models, and replaced their mini van with a Prius. They reduced their energy costs by 39%, gasoline use by 57% and their carbon emission by 45% in just 2 years. They host neighborhood energy conservation meetings to teach their neighbors how they too can save energy.

Environmental Chelsea Creek (Youth) Crew - East Boston
The Environmental Chelsea Creek (Youth) Group - E3C is made up of 6 East Boston residents between the ages of 14 to 18 years. The E3C work 6 to 10 hours per week during the school year and 25 hours per week during the summer at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing learning about environmental justice and responsible stewardship while having a positive impact on their neighborhood. They work on programs related to ecological, environmental, recreational, and health issues associated with the Chelsea Creek They helped to organize successful neighborhood opposition to a diesel oil-fired power plant planned for neighboring Chelsea. They are taking their concerns to the state legislature, visiting their offices to raise concerns about the impact of diesel fuel. They are the future environmental leaders.

Waste Reduction Champion Award
This award is for a resident who has incorporated waste-reduction and pollution-reduction practices and systems into their daily lives.

Robyn Ochs - Jamaica Plain
Robyn Ochs took an active role in Mayor Menino's "Recycle More" single-stream pilot program in her Jamaica Plain neighborhood. She is instrumental in educating the public on this pilot program that allows residents to put all recyclable materials into one large covered container. Ms. Ochs solicits suggestions from her neighbors and communicates them back to the city. The program has been a great success, achieving a 52% increase in recycling in the pilot areas of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, and a 20% reduction in trash, which has resulted in much cleaner streets.

Stephen Fox - South End
Stephen Fox is instrumental in the success of Mayor Menino's "Recycle More" single-stream pilot program in the South End. Mr. Fox uses his neighborhood network links to communicate this new pilot program allowing residents to put all recyclable materials into one container. Through the outreach of Mr. Fox, the program is a great success in the South End increasing the recycling rate by 129%, which has resulted in much cleaner streets.

Green Home Conservation Award
This award is for a resident who has incorporated conservation methods into their home.

Burton Jaffe, M.D. - Back Bay
Dr. Jaffe is a dedicated environmental advocate who has been named the Chairman of the Energy Conservation Committee at Trinity Condominiums in the Back Bay. He spearheaded an energy audit of his 100 unit building leading to the conversion of common area light fixtures to compact fluorescent bulbs, and he is advancing a building wide plan to replicate water conservation measures that are in place in several units. Through his efforts, the condominium association is evaluating installing variable speed controls on large water pumps to conserve energy for hot water and heating purposes. Dr. Jaffe leads public panel discussions and lectures on energy conservation. He continues to look at ways to encourage other condominiums to form Energy Conservation Committees.

Sustainable Landscape Award
This award is for a resident whose landscape design and maintenance is sustainable.

Don Lubin - Allston
Don Lubin's home garden is a model of sustainability. His fern collection contains more than 43 species, 32 of which are native to New England. Mr. Lubin's garden is filled with drought tolerant perennial plants that provide beauty and landscape interest all year. He maintains a web site that contains information on the classification of the plant species in his yard, with particular detail to his fern collection as well as locations of ferns throughout the Boston area. Mr. Lubin provides education on invasive species and, as a member of the Friends of Ringer Park, works in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department on poison ivy eradication.

Green Business Awards

The Green Business Awards were given to businesses located in the City of Boston that demonstrate extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental, practices, such as water conservation, wastewater management, solid waste reduction, the promotion of alternative transit, energy conservation and on-site renewable energy production, or the purchase of renewable energy.

Boston Building Materials Coop
The Boston Building Materials Co-op sells materials and teaches workshops to help people save energy, features recycled and earth-friendly products, and operates the Building Materials Resource Center, where used and surplus building materials can help people improve their homes rather than being dumped in a landfill.

Boston Properties
Owner of several major buildings in the City of Boston, including the Prudential Tower, where they recycled almost 2 million tons of paper, cardboard, and electronic waste in 2007 alone. Boston Properties has distinguished itself in the operations of existing buildings as well as new construction, with a goal of diverting 75% of construction and demolition debris.

Children's Museum
The Children's Museum has recently completed a renovation and expansion of their building, which features reclaimed storm water and water reduction strategies, a green roof, and non-toxic and renewable materials. More importantly, this green museum is now a building that teaches, where children and families can learn about the impact of the buildings on the environment and what they can do at home to help.

Costa Fruit & Produce
Costa is taking a comprehensive approach to reduce waste and conserve energy in all aspects of its operations. They are offering reusable containers instead of cardboard boxes, and supporting local and organic farms by marketing those products to their customers.

Earthworks has been planting and maintaining fruit and nut-bearing trees in the City of Boston since 1989. Their efforts provide free, organic food to City residents. Through their Outdoor Classroom program, they have introduced hundreds of children to the natural environment.

Their business is reducing the demand for electricity but EnerNOC's commit to sustainability goes far beyond that. They've analyzed their own footprint and have gone carbon neutral. In addition, they offer innovative incentives for their employees to be green, including payments and reimbursements for doing an energy audit at home, buying efficient appliances, and walking or cycling to work.

Goody Clancy
Goody Clancy has been committed to green and energy efficiency long before those things were part of the public consciousness. 35 of 58 architects are LEED accredited. In addition to having seven LEED Silver or Gold buildings planned or constructed, they have greened their own office environment through daylighting, use of sustainable materials, and extensive recycling.

Owner of several notable Boston buildings, including 222 Berkeley, which was Boston's first commercial building to receive the EPA's EnergyStar label, and developer of the air rights at South Station, which was Boston's first LEED pre-certified office building, Hines is a leader in the sustainable development and operations of its properties, including recycling, waste reduction, and green purchasing. These programs resulted in the avoidance of 1.9 million pounds of carbon emissions last year.

Mass Energy
A long time leader in providing affordable home heating oil to Boston residents, Mass Energy has also led the way in renewable energy, pioneering the first solar program in Boston, and more recently, offering carbon offsets through the New England Wind Fund.

When Staples opened its first store, in Brighton in 1986, it sold recycled paper. Today, it offers more than 3000 eco-friendly products (2,900 products containing recycled content) and accepts electronic waste at its stores for recycling. In less than one year, Staples has recycled more than 2 million pounds of technology. They are currently construction a new store in Roslindale that will be LEED certified.

Suffolk University
Suffolk University is clearly a leader in the higher education field. The depth of their commitment to sustainability is clear - they have increased recycling from 4% of the waste stream to 25%, are planning two LEED projects, and are reducing the use of toxic products throughout the university, including in the classroom, from the art studio to the chemistry lab.

In a neighborhood full of restaurants, Taranta stands out for its sustainable initiatives. Taranta is making that commitment in all aspects of its work, including efficient lighting, recycling and composting, and use of organic and biodegradable products. They are recycling and composting 99% of their waste stream.

Bike Friendly Business Awards

The following Boston businesses were recognized for being bike-friendly:

  • Architectural Heritage Foundation

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • City Feed and Supply

  • Crosstown Center Common Area

  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute

  • Emmanuel College

  • Fidelity Real Estate

  • Foley Hoag

  • Gale International

  • Goody Clancy & Associates

  • Harvard Medical School

  • Harvard University - Allston Campus

  • Institute for Human Centered Design

  • John Hancock Financial Services

  • Jones Lang LaSale

  • Landry's Bicycle

  • Mass General Hospital

  • Montague Corporation

  • My Bike Online

  • Nutter McLellan & Fish

  • Optimum Mortgage

  • Project Hope

  • REI

  • Seaport Companies

  • Shawmut Design and Construction

  • Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott

  • Simmons College

  • State Street Corporation

  • Urban AdvenTours

  • Westin Boston Waterfront

News & Press Releases

Video & Multimedia

  • 2012 Green Awards

    On April 19th at Gillette Headquarters in South Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced winners of the 6th Annual Green Awards! Awards were given to 3 Green Residents, 2 Sustainable Food Leaders, and 11 Green Businesses.


  • 2010 Green Awards

    Mayor Menino announces the winners of the 2010 Green Awards, presented to local businesses and neighborhood leaders dong their part to make Boston a greener, more sustainable and livable city.

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  • 2009 Green Awards

    Mayor Menino presents the 3rd annual Green Awards at the Children's Museum in Boston.

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  • 2008 Green Awards Kick-Off

    Mayor Menino kicks off the nomination process for the 2nd Annual Mayor's Green Awards.  The Mayor also announces a new program that recognizes Bike Friendly Businesses.

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  • 2007 Green Awards

    Mayor Menino presents the 1st Annual Green Awards at the Lenox Hotel in Boston.

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