For Immediate Release
April 17, 2008
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Mayor Menino Recognizes Residents and Businesses in 2nd Annual Green Awards
The City of Boston and Mayor Thomas M. Menino today recognized the winners of the 2008 Green Awards. The awards ceremony was held at Jury's Hotel, which won a Green Business award last year. Celebrating both local businesses and residents, this year's awards were expanded to include a non-profit category and a special bike-friendly business award for companies engaged in at least 5 bike-friendly activities such as providing bike racks for employees or signing up a team for Hub on Wheels. The awards served to recognize businesses and residents who are leaders in sustainability.
"The breadth of winners is only surpassed by the range of actions you are taking to mitigate climate change," Mayor Menino told the award recipients. "From renewable energy, to recycling, to green design, you are demonstrating that we can all do our part to make Boston more sustainable."
Among the winners were 12 local businesses, which demonstrated 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. Business winners ranged from commercial and industrial to non-profit, academic, cultural and healthcare institutions. Recipients of the award were Boston Building Materials Coop, Boston Properties, Children's Museum, Costa Fruit & Produce, Earthworks, EnerNOC, Goody Clancy, Hines, Mass Energy, Staples, Suffolk University, and Taranta restaurant.
Boston residents who received the awards were honored for their commitment to sustainable living. The winning residents from Allston/Brighton, Back Bay, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, and the South End demonstrated exemplary sustainable practices in their community and in their homes. Awards were presented to residents in four categories: climate action, waste reduction, green home conservation/renovation, and sustainable landscape/green roof.
Mayor Menino congratulated the winners saying, "I hope that other residents and businesses will follow your lead. While climate change is a global problem, we all can take local action to combat its effects. I thank you for your efforts and dedication to improving our city."
Boston was recently recognized as the 3rd greenest city in the nation by Popular Science Magazine. The city has implemented numerous sustainability initiatives under Mayor Menino's leadership, including: the first in the nation green building standards for private and public large building developments; the largest municipal purchaser of green power in New England; clean vehicle and fuel policies for municipal vehicles; and energy efficiencies for city buildings.
Mayor Menino continues to advance climate change solutions through municipal actions and in partnership with residents and visitors through an ambitious sustainability agenda.
To learn more about the City's green programs and to take the Mayor's Climate Action Pledge, log onto www.cityofboston.gov/climate.