For Immediate Release
April 19, 2007
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Mayor Menino Names Green Residential and Business Award Winners
City's 1st Recipients Honored
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today honored the city's first recipients of Green Awards. The contest, which had more than 70 nominees, recognizes 12 business and five residents who have gone above and beyond in their attempts to use green technologies and sustainable practices in their businesses and communities.
"Going green is the future," Mayor Menino said. "It not only helps the environment, it helps with the overall public health of our city as well as our bottom line. Everyone can go green in their own way. We are honoring these residents and businesses for doing their part to go green."
Last week, in a public forum at Boston's newest 'green' building, the Boston Children's Museum, Mayor Menino announced a series of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reliance on foreign oil, and protect the city's residents and businesses. Boston became the first city in the nation to implement green building zoning, requiring large private development to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards at a "certifiable" level. The city is also the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy and biodiesel in New England. Boston has been recognized as the "7th Most Sustainable City" in the nation by SustainLane, a national organization dedicated to promoting best practices in environmental sustainability.
"These award winners are shining examples of how businesses and residents are doing their part to support Mayor Menino's vision for a sustainable Boston," said James W. Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston. "Whether it's at home or in the office, these green practices demonstrate that sustainability is not only good for our environment and public health, but also is good for the bottom line."
1.Red Sun Press, graphic design and printing company in Jamaica Plain, has been using recycled paper since 1988, offers a 100% post-consumer waste paper as its house sheet, and recycles or donates all of its own waste paper. They also use vegetable-based inks, non-toxic solvents, and use bike delivery rather than a car when possible.
2.Ashmont Grill, Dorchester. Offers local and organic food, including herbs grown in there restaurant's patio, used recycled materials in the renovation of building, recycles kitchen grease into biodiesel fuel, manages storm water through a garden and permeable patio blocks.
3.Arthur Blank, West Roxbury. Manufactures credit cards and gift cards made from corn; this corn plastic is the first greenhouse gas-neutral polymer.
4.Yale Appliance and Lighting, Dorchester. The Green Project offers extensive customer and employee education around the costs and benefits of energy efficient appliances and includes in store rebates for customers to purchase an energy efficient product and dispose of an old, inefficient product.
5.Lululemon Athletica, a small business in Back Bay, sells organic cotton clothing, yoga mats made from recycled materials. The store used recycled wood for its flooring, low VOC paints, and green cleaning products. Sells items in reusable bags and offers an "environmental discount" for customers who reuse or do not need a bag.
6.CBT, architects, on Canal Street. Green design for clients as well as recycling, water conservation and minimizing waste in their own office by replacing disposal paper goods with ceramic dishes and stainless steel flatware. They have 34 LEED accredited professionals on staff and have a Sustainable Design Committee to advance CBT's sustainability efforts.
7.Save that Stuff, recycling company in Charlestown. Founded in 1990, recycles paper, bottles and cans, cardboard, and does food composting. They collect more than 2,000 tons of re-usable and recyclable material each month.
8.ZipCar. Offers car sharing to businesses and residents throughout the city.
The City is also recognizing four hotels for outstanding commitment to being green. All four are part of the Green Tourism project: Seaport Hotel, Jury's Boston Hotel, Hyatt Harborside and the Lenox Hotel.
Sajed Kamal, Fenway. Receiving the Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection Award for his work on solar power, Sajed is part of the Fenway Solar Committee and partnered with the City to install solar power on the Boston Arts Academy. He also has solar power on his own home. Sajed was nominated by City Councilor Mike Ross.
JP Cohousing, Patti Lautner. A 30-unit cohousing condo project created by the residents, JP Cohousing is located on a former brownfield, and features a heat recovery ventilation system, daylighting, non-toxic materials, and the use of storm water for irrigation. The development uses high efficiency appliances, use their own compost onsite for gardening, and provide a shared car and a Zipcar space.
Ginny and Frank Camporesi, Allston. Frank and Ginny use highly efficient lighting and windows, and insulate their water and heating pipes. They have installed widgets to reduce their water use and they reuse the soapy water from their washing machine on their garden to eliminate the use of pesticides. They also collect their neighbors' yard waste, as well as their own, for composting.
Blossom and Ethan Hoag, East Boston Ethan and Blossom use solar power in their home, they drive a hybrid vehicle, compost, have installed efficient lighting, and use a clothesline instead of the dryer. Ethan also chairs the Energy Committee for the Boston chapter of the Sierra Club.
Fredericka Veikley, Fenway. Fredericka is the founder and president of the Friends of Ramler Park, a ½ acre park in the Fenway featuring native plants, birds, and butterflies.