Monthly Meeting Recaps

Challenge for Sustainability participants have engaged in a variety of important and current issues related to the sustainable improvements of their facilities and businesses through the Challenge Monthly Meetings. Recaps from these meetings are listed below, and provide a snapshot of  some of the topics that participants have presented on and learned about.

Visit our Events Calendar to find information about our future meetings. Also, check out the Sustainability Toolkit to explore the topics covered in the recaps even further.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

On November 9, Partners HealthCare led a group of participants on a tour of their new LEED v4 facility on Assembly Row. The entire facility was designed with three goals:

  • Efficient building – efficient walls, windows, orientation, leaner energy
  • Site location & access – revitalized land, mass transit access
  • Workplace & services – healthy interiors, outdoor space, interconnecting indoor stairs, healthy food choices

Underfloor air distribution for HVAC, daylighting sensors for lights, automatic blinds that respond to sunlight, and other energy efficiency measures have resulted in an impressive EUI of 58 kbtu/sq ft–and on-site solar panels are expected to supply 12% of energy needed over the course of the year, reducing emissions even further. Click on the photos below to see some of the choices that make this both a sustainable facility and a great place to work.

Previous Meeting Recaps

May 2016 Meeting Recap – What’s in Store for Boston’s Climate?

A Better City’s Challenge for Sustainability brought together the Climate Ready Boston (CRB) team and a group of deployable flood defense equipment providers from the Netherlands to address the questions: What’s in store for Boston’s climate and how can we adapt? Mia Goldwasser, Paul Kirshen, and Jill Allen Dixon of the CRB team shared some “pretty daunting” projections: rising temperatures, more hot and cold extremes, approximately a 20% increase in extreme rainfall by 2100, continued sea level rise, and more damaging coastal storms. The complete climate consensus, vulnerability assessment, and resiliency initiatives/roadmap are expected to be finished and shared with the public this summer. Next, Carter Craft, Senior Economic Officer, Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, introduced three flood defense providers from the Netherlands.

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April 2016 Meeting Recap – Innovative Groundwater Reclamation Technologies Tour

Pam Messenger, General Manager, Friends of Post Office Square, led a group of Challenge participants on a tour of the groundwater reclamation system while sharing her experience as the project lead. From the well pumps 6 floors underground to the blue toilet-bowl water in the lobby, participants got a first-hand look at the system. Scott Horsley, Principal, Horsley Witten Group, reminded participants of the apparent value of an integrated water management system – since the Garage was already pumping the groundwater, it just made sense to use it before putting it into the sewers.
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