For Immediate Release
April 29, 2010
Environmental and Energy
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the winners of the fourth annual Mayor’s Green Awards, which recognize local business and neighborhood leaders for doing their part to make Boston a greener, more sustainable, and livable city. The 2010 Green Awards were presented by the Mayor to 4 residential and 14 business leaders at today’s ceremony in the Prudential Center.
“These award winners demonstrate the many ways in which individuals and businesses can contribute to making Boston a leading green city,” said Mayor Menino. “Their commitment to our community and the environment and is an outstanding example of the leadership necessary to advance Boston’s ambitious sustainability goals and continue to grow our green economy.”
The Mayor's Green Business Awards recognize extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices. Boston Properties, owner of the Prudential Center and one of the largest property owners and developers in the U.S., was one of the Green Business Award recipients for their continued commitment to sustainability and the host of this year's awards ceremony.
“As a business, we recognize the importance of brand value,” said Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Boston Properties. “When people think of Boston Properties and the city from which we proudly get our name, they should think of a shared commitment to urban vitality and economic growth that is respectful of our planet and its people.”
First Wind, a leading wind energy developer headquartered in Boston, marked the occasion of receiving a 2010 Green Business Award by announcing that First Wind will provide a $3,000 scholarship annually to a graduate of Boston Public Schools' John D. O'Bryant school for a student pursuing a college degree in science, engineering, or related course of study.
“As this scholarship demonstrates, First Wind is committed to the City of Boston, which was also a driving factor in our move to Downtown,” said Michael Alvarez, President & Chief Financial Officer of First Wind. “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and we hope that our scholarship program will support young people who show interest in and the capacity to contribute to the fields of environment, energy and science.”
The Mayor's Green Residential Awards recognize residents and local organizations in Boston that are committed to sustainable living. Winners in this category demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices in their community and in their homes.
“These local green heroes are shining examples of how even little steps in our every day lives can make a big difference in a city like Boston,” added Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston. “Whether it’s the efforts of a local business owner, a new resident, or the leadership of our Mayor, collectively our efforts in sustainability are the reason Boston is now recognized as one of the greenest cities in the nation.”
2010 Green Residential Award recipients:
Mishawum Park Tenants Association: Don Young
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.
River House Condominium Association
The River House Condominium Association was given the award for Green Roof. 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.
Rollins Square Condominium Trust
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.
Flavia and Tim Reardon: 18 Beethoven Street
The Leadership award was given to Flavia and Tim Reardon 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.
2010 Green Business Award recipients:
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 the Pru Tower. They work with tenants to implement energy management, lighting control, water conservation and other sustainable practices are central to Boston Properties’ mission. Boston Properties is also a leader in the Mayor’s Lights Out Boston program and the work of the Climate Action Leadership Committee.
Allston Collision Centers
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 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
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.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
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.
CB Richard Ellis New England
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 of which, One Boston Place, was the first LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance Gold certified building in the world.
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 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.
Jacobs Engineering Group
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.
Harvard Business School
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.
Millennium Partners achieved a LEED Silver certification 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
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
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
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 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.