On May 31, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the 2014 Greenovate Boston Award winners at the Greenovate Boston Community Summit. There were 11 award winners including businesses, community organizations, non-profits, residents and institutions. These winners were selected for their impressive sustainability achievements and commitment to greenovating Boston.
This landmark project addresses a variety of environmental issues. The BAC, with assistance from Halvorson Design Partnership, INC, converted Back Bay’s Public Alley 444 to capture stormwater runoff and recharge groundwater—which is a major issue for the neighborhood. By capturing runoff, this project is also helping keep pollutants out of the Charles River and reducing flooding and combined sewage overflows during heavy periods of rain. The project also included the drilling of eight geothermal wells that will serve the heating and cooling needs of select BAC property in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
At the end of 2013, the system has been a resounding success with almost 100% of the stormwater captured; 342,000 gallons have been diverted from polluting the Charles River, plus more than 18,000 gallons being diverted from storm sewers, and were filtered and infiltrated into the groundwater system of Back Bay.
Bon Me is a locally-owned company that operates four Vietnamese food trucks in the Boston area. They have commitments to achieve over 50% diversion rates in waste disposal through composting and recycling programs. Last August, they opened their commissary in Roxbury and they went to great lengths to design their operations to drive significant waste reductions.
Since opening the commissary, they have diverted 53,434 lbs (27 metric tons) of food waste and compostable materials from their waste stream, and an additional 100 yards of single stream recycling, approximately 8,000 lbs (4 metric tons). When calculated as a percent of their overall disposable material generated at our commissary, Bon Me has achieved 87% diversion rate! In addition, a majority of their produce used in our commissary is grown locally.
Over the last four years the P&G Gillette South Boston site has completed over 70 projects that have reduced energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste. Their efforts has saved an estimated 20 million kwh per year in energy efficiency projects and an estimated 8 million gallons of water per year from water reduction projects. Some project highlights include:
A Chiller Optimization Project which saved ~1,039,502 kwh/yr in phase one.
Persistent Commissioning through EnerNOC’s Energy Intelligence Software technology that will continuously monitor their HVAC system and find anomalies that can be corrected and optimized.
The consolidation of work space to save ~197,990 kwh/yr
Lighting efficiency improvements have saved well over 1 million kwh/yrIn terms of greenhouse gas reductions, Gillette’s energy conservation efforts in South Boston are equivalent to taking over 1,200 homes off the grid!
In terms of greenhouse gas reductions, Gillette’s energy conservation efforts in South Boston are equivalent to taking over 1,200 homes off the grid!