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.

By the end of 2013, John Hancock’s Back Bay location, 197 Clarendon Street, had achieved a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from their 2009 baseline through a combination of efficiency projects and energy initiatives. As a result of their great successes, John Hancock was the recipient of the Largest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Award at ABC’s 5th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards and of the Highest Overall Challenge Score Award at the 6th Annual Challenge Awards. As a participant in the Challenge, John Hancock identified and implemented a number of opportunities for improved energy efficiency, including a full chiller plant retrofit.
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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.