The Challenge for Sustainability brings together commercial real estate and business leaders in Greater Boston to increase energy efficiency, minimize waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Challenge participants represent over 45 million square feet of space and are achieving real and measurable reductions by:

  • Benchmarking facilities’ environmental impact with our Sustainability Scorecard;
  • Engaging in monthly events for networking and learning;
  • Sharing success stories to highlight achievements and motivate others; and
  • Reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions 16% since 2009, through the implementation of 1,800 sustainability actions!

By coordinating their efforts, the Challenge for Sustainability and an elite group of businesses, property owners and institutions are positively impacting the environment, economic competitiveness, and quality of life of Greater Boston; preparing the region for a strong—and sustainable—future.

15 Broad Street, with a recycling rate of just 12.5% in 2014, had not previously been successful in implementing a recycling program. That changed when Broder Management signed on with Andelson + Partners Inc. in June 2014 with the goal of drastically improving their recycling rates. Through their collaborative efforts, the recycling rate at 15 Broad improved by 65% in just one year. In addition to increasing the building’s waste diversion, Broder Management was also able to save money.
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Featured Solution: “Composting” 

Composting is nature’s process of recycling organic materials into a rich soil. This process can be harnessed to dispose of office food scraps and generate highly fertile soil. Compost bins designed specifically for the office environment can be placed in a kitchen or cafeteria. Alternatively, organic containers (e.g. paper bags) can be used to hold the food scraps until they’re transferred to a composting center.