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.

Peabody Office Furniture is a 4th generation, family-owned office furniture dealership located in the Financial District of Boston, with company roots stretching back over 116 years. In 2012, Peabody Office Furniture embarked on a renovation of its 8,000 square foot showroom. The majority of the renovation process involved deconstructing showroom furnishings, which inevitably created a large amount of salvageable waste. In line with the company’s commitment to sustainability, the leadership decided to divert the salvageable furnishings from entering the landfill.
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Featured Solution: “Water Use Management Plan” 

A water use management plan provides clear information about how a facility uses its water, from the time it is piped into the facility through disposal. Creating a water management program will help foster an understanding of current water consumption patterns and their costs. This benchmark will set long and short-term water conservation goals and establish which strategies to pursue in each facility.