Green Residential Awards
The Mayor's Green Residential Awards recognize residents and residential organizations in Boston that are committed to sustainable living. Winners in this category demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices in their community and in their homes. 2010 Green Residential Award winners include:
Leadership Award: Flavia and Tim Reardon - Egleston Square
Flavia and Tim received this award for their deep energy retrofit of their single-family home at 18 Beethoven Street in Jamaica Plain. In order to meet Energy Star standards, work included an extensive insulation system, fiberglass replacement windows, heat recovery ventilation and on-demand hot water. Many materials were reused on-site and off-site, salvaged or recycled.
Waste Reduction Award: Rollins Square Condo Trust - South End
The Rollins Square Condominium Trust received the award for Waste Reduction. It has hired for this 184-unit complex in the South End a cleaning company that uses chemicals and maintenance products that have been tested for optimum results, safety and compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The products have also received certification by Green Seal. Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards and health and environmental requirements for a broad range of household, office, facility operations and construction-related products.
Green Conservation-Renovation Award: Mishawum Park Tenants Association - Charlestown
The Mishawum Park Tenants Association received the award for Conservation for its 392kW solar collection system. Collectors are installed on 15 of the 19 buildings at this Charlestown affordable housing complex and are expected to provide 20 percent of the development’s power needs.
Sustainable Landscape Award: River House Condominium Association - Beacon Hill
Residents of the River House Condominiums, located in Beacon Hill, took an unused 11,000 square foot outdoor courtyard planted on the roof of its parking garage and created a green roof/roof garden. Benches and perennial plantings can be enjoyed by the 200 condominium residents.
Green Business Awards
Green Business Awards were given to 14 businesses that demonstrated extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices. 2010 winners of the Mayor's Green Business Awards include:
Allston Collision Center - Allston
Paul Chaet and Elaine O’Neill’s body shop is the first in Boston to completely retrofit their spray booth to use waterborne paints in the repair of vehicles. The system reduces both hazardous waste and the emission of volatile organic compounds that are a major contributor to climate change.
Boloco - Kenmore
Boloco was the first chain of restaurants in New England to become Certified Green by the Green Restaurant Association. Compostable bowls, potato starch utensils, and corn cups are standard in all locations. Eco-friendly materials used at Boloco include Low VOC paints, LED lighting and the use of tabletops and countertops made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
Boston Neighborhood Network - Egleston Square
BNN preserved, rehabilitated,and restored the former Egleston Square Power Station, a building on the National Register of Historic Places that had been vacant for 20 years. LEED Silver certification was granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The adaptive reuse of this building has contributed greatly to efforts to improve the environmental quality of Egleston Square.
Boston Properties - Back Bay
Boston Properties’ corporate headquarters, three floors in the Prudential Tower, received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Commercial Interiors certification in 2009. Boston Properties also earned the Energy Star label for 101 Huntington Avenue, 111 Huntington Avenue and for The Prudential Tower. Work with tenants to implement energy management, lighting control, water conservation and other sustainable practices are central to Boston Properties’ mission.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Longwood
Brigham & Women’s Hospital has developed a multi-dimensional sustainability strategy in new and existing facilities designed to minimize environmental risks for patients, employees and visitors. Efforts include designing recycling and reuse methods specifically for clinical and laboratory space, the retrofitting of equipment to reduce water use and the banning from the neonatal intensive care unit equipment containing the chemical DEHP, a toxicant. Brigham & Women’s Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center is LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
CBRE (CB Richard Ellis New England) - Back Bay
The sustainability efforts of real estate services company CB Richard Ellis originated in Boston. CBRE Standards of Sustainability include utility benchmarking, comprehensive recycling programs, waste audits, green cleaning practices, integrated pest control, energy audits/checklists, employee training and client communication. CBRE has managed the only three LEED Certified Existing Building Operations & Maintenance Gold projects in the City of Boston. One Boston Place was the first LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance Gold Certified building in the world.
First Wind - Chinatown
First Wind is an independent U.S.-based wind energy company focused exclusively on the development, ownership and operation of wind energy projects. First Wind moved to Boston and selected 179 Lincoln Street for its corporate headquarters as the building has a USGBC LEED Silver Rating and was recently honored by the Boston Preservation Alliance with its 2009 Preservation Achievement Award for the Best Adaptive Use of Historic Industrial Space.
Harvard Business School - Allston
Shad Hall, the fitness and recreation facility at Harvard Business School, is a model of sustainability. Initiatives include a green roof, the use of photovoltaic panels, a cogeneration unit, a full lighting retrofit and various recycling and reuse efforts.
Jacobs Engineering Group - Downtown
Reducing energy consumption has been one of Jacobs Engineering’s most recent and important sustainability efforts. An Infrastructure Power Management Program and equipment life extension plan are designed to reduce energy use, maximize the use of existing equipment and minimize disposal. In work with clients, Jacobs seeks to find sustainable design solutions that address our significant energy challenges.
Millennium Partners - Chinatown
Millennium Partners achieved a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the renovation and adaptive reuse of 179 Lincoln Street. Millennium Partners Property Management manages the building, and its management team has instituted recycling and other green housekeeping practices, and has made green awareness obvious to the building’s occupants. Major tenants, First Wind and Bovis Lend Lease, are both applying to the U.S. Green Building Council for GOLD Certification for their interior office space.
New Generation Energy - Bullfinch Triangle
The Boston-based non-profit New Generation Energy offers an investment option called a Renewable Energy Investment Note (REIN). REINs are fixed interest, fixed term investments through which investors fund green energy projects and support the creation of solar, wind, efficiency and biomass projects. Its Community Lending Program offers low-interest financing to small businesses, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations for the installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.
Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation - Hyde Park
The Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWB CDC) established an environmental initiative, the Hyde Park Green Team, which employed 13 Hyde Park youth in 2009. Participants engaged in many hands-on activities designed to expose them to a wide range of environmental issues. Subjects covered in the educational component of the program included global warming and energy conservation, recycling, the importance of urban natural areas, environmental preservation skills and green job skills training.
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center - Boston Harbor Islands
Thompson Island Outward Bound is a not-for-profit organization that principally serves early adolescents from all economic and social communities. In 2009, the Center delivered multi-day, overnight environmental education programs for more than 350 students. Areas of study included salt marsh restoration science and removal of invasive plant species; eliminating food waste through weighing and graphing food waste over time in the dining hall; and education on the benefits of composting. The Operations Department has also created a strategic plan to improve and sustain the ecological state of the organization’s campus and the island itself, as well as reducing the carbon footprint.
Ula Café - Jamaica Plain
Ula Cafe participated in the NSTAR Small Business Solution energy audit to reduce their energy consumption and is implementing a comprehensive plan. Ula uses eco-friendly coffee cups and biodegradable corn plastic to-go containers, cups, and silverware and participates in a waste reduction plan that includes recycling and composting.