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 35 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 18% since 2009, through the implementation of over 1,500 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.

John Hancock’s corporate headquarters joined the Challenge for Sustainability in 2009, and recently received the award for ‘Highest Sustainability Score’ for their 601 Congress Street location during A Better City’s 5th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards. The building won this award with an impressive Energy Star Score of 95 (out of 100), which was achieved through a combination of sustainable business practices that improved overall energy efficiency, reduced waste, and shrank their total carbon footprint.
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Featured Solution “Green Roofs

Green roofs can reduce a building’s peak and total energy demand and utility costs.  By absorbing and storing heat, green roofs help buildings maintain a steady temperature, which reduces cooling needs in the hot weather and heating needs in the cool weather.