Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards

Boston is committed to a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and top buildings and businesses from across the city are leading the way by working to improve energy efficiency and overall sustainability through the Challenge for Sustainability.

Each year, Challenge participants and other stakeholders come together to honor and celebrate their accomplishments at the Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards.

The Awards recognize businesses and property owners who make significant, meaningful and impactful strides toward greater sustainability and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, participants who have, to date, achieved the City of Boston’s 25% emission reduction by 2020, are recognized on the “Target 2020 Leaders” plaque, organized by the date to which they achieved this target reduction.

“Prominent Boston Businesses Lead the Charge on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Emissions reduced 15% since 2009; leaders celebrate at Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards”

2016

2016 Awards

Seventh Annual Challenge For Sustainability Awards Celebrate Greater Boston’s Buildings And Businesses Achieving Substantial Ghg And Sustainability Goals

On March 24th, 2016, Challenge leaders and stakeholders gathered at Equity Office’s 100 Summer Street to honor those who achieved exceptional success in sustainability initiatives in 2015. Five major awards were presented and three Challenge participants were added to the Target 2020 Leaders Plaque. Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston shared some brief remarks on the importance of programs like the Challenge in working towards the City’s GHG emissions reduction goals. The event also featured keynote speaker Kenneth Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who reminded guests of the importance of staying engaged in the broader energy policy dialogue in addition to specific building sustainability measures.

For more information, read the press release here.

2016 Award Winners

Greatest Ghg Emissions Reduction From Baseline

Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

Greatest Electricity Reduction 2015

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Smith Building

Greatest Waste Reduction 2015

Boston Properties, 100 Federal Street

Greatest Water Reduction 2015

Friends of Post Office Square, Garage at Post Office Square

2015 Peer Award

Paul Gusmini & Janice Kimsey, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


Target 2020 Leaders:


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue
2010

The Chiofaro Company
1 International Place
2011

Tsoi / Kobus & Associates
1 Brattle Square
2011

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana Building
2012

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Shields Warren Building
2012

Friends of Post Office Square
Zero Post Office Square
2012

John Hancock / Manulife
197 Clarendon Street
2012

John Hancock / Manulife
601 Congress Street
2013
The Chiofaro Company
2 International Place
2013

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Landmark Center
2014

Foley Hoag LLP
Seaport West
2014

Putnam Investments
1 Post Office Square
2014

Boston Properties
100 Federal Street
2015

Boston Properties
355 Main Street, Cambridge
2015

John Hancock/Manulife Financial
200 Berkeley Street
2015

2015

2015 Awards

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Sixth Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards honor city’s buildings and businesses achieving real and measurable GHG and sustainability goals

The 6th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards was held on April 9, 2015 at the W Boston where participants gathered to honor the previous year’s accomplishments and outstanding achievements. In addition to the 5 major award categories, a new award division was introduced at the 2015 event—the “Target 2020 Leaders” award which recognizes Challenge participants who’ve achieved a 25% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, in keeping with the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan goals of a 25% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050. The event also featured an inspiring presentation by Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Challenge Awards

2015 Award Winners

Highest Overall Challenge Score in 2014

John Hancock Manulife Financial – 197 Clarendon Street

Most Improved Challenge Score in 2014

Boston Properties- John Hancock Tower

Largest Energy Reduction in 2014

Sheraton Boston Hotel

Largest Increase in Sustainability Actions in 2014

Pembroke Real Estate- Seaport East

2014 Peer Award

Stacy Cawley- Boston Properties, 100 Federal Street


Target 2020 Leaders:


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue
2010

The Chiofaro Company
1 International Place
2011

Tsoi / Kobus & Associates
1 Brattle Square
2011

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana Building
2012

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Shields Warren Building
2012

Friends of Post Office Square
Zero Post Office Square
2012

John Hancock / Manulife
197 Clarendon Street
2012

John Hancock / Manulife
601 Congress Street
2013

The Chiofaro Company
2 International Place
2013

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Landmark Center
2014

Foley Hoag LLP
Seaport West
2014

Putnam Investments
1 Post Office Square
2014

2014

2014 Awards

056“Prominent Boston Businesses Lead Charge on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Emissions reduced 18% since 2009; leaders celebrate at Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards” PDF

5th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards

The 2014 awards ceremony was held on March 20th at the 5:30 – 7:30, at the New England Aquarium’s IMAX Theater. With over 100 facilities participating, the usual space was out grown! This annual awards ceremony brings together past and present participating businesses, along with City, State, and industry partners. Bud Ris, President & CEO of the New England Aquarium, in front of a backdrop of the Boston Harbor welcomed guests and spoke to the history of the Challenge program and what it means to the City.

2014 Award Winners

Highest Score

John Hancock/Manulife, 601 Congress Street

Most Improved

Nixon Peabody, improved their score by 35

Greatest Energy Reduction

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,Shields Warren Building with a 21% reduction

Largest Greenhouse Gas Reduction

John Hancock/Manulife, 197 Clarendon had a 40% reduction in GHG since 2009

Peer Award

Fred O’Grady, Chief Engineer CBRE at 1 Beacon Street . This award is voted on by fellow participants.


Certificate of Achievement Recipients

2013

2013 Awards

2013 awardsFor our 3rd annual Challenge Awards, we gathered at Marliave, one of Boston’s oldest restaurants that features craft cocktails like Boston Tea Party, Molasses Flood 1919, Jennie Churchhill and Bone Shaker. The group was treated with raw oysters ($1 between 5-6 pm everyday), scallops, gougeres, frites, sliders, gnocchi and chocolate truffles.

See more pictures from the event on our facebook page.

For a full recap of the event click here. Page down to “2013 Challenge Awards”

2013 award

Highest Score

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston Convention Center with a score of 83

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance with a score of 52

Most Improved

Turner Construction improved their score by 89%

Community Servings improved their score by 54%

Greatest Energy Reduction (kWh/sq foot)

Hines Office at 222 Berkeley with a 50% reduction

Tropical Foods with a % reduction

Peer Award

Kathleen McCarthy of John Hancock. This award comes from fellow participants’ votes.

2013 Certificates



2012

2012 Awards

As the Challenge for Sustainability goes into it’s third full year, ABC is proud to keep recognizing the individuals and businesses that commit their time and efforts to making strides in their facility’s sustainability goals. Throughout the year there are significant positive changes made by Challenge participants in numerous fields of sustainability; whether it be energy efficiency, waste reduction, behavior, or issues surrounding transportation, 2011 was another great year for usage reduction, score increase, and overall awareness and engagement by participating ABC members.

See more pictures from the event on our facebook page.

For a full recap of the event click here.

2012ChallengeAwards

Highest Score

Nixon Peabody LLP with a score of 84

Most Improved

Peabody Office Furniture improved their score 267%!

Greatest Energy Reduction (kWh/sq foot)

TRO Jung|Brannen with a 23% reduction

Peer Award

Jim Green from Hines. This award comes from fellow participants’ votes.

2012 Certificates


2011

2011 Awards

For a full recap of the 2011 Challenge Awards, click here.

2010 Highest Score

Highest Score: Nutter, McClennen & Fish

2010PeerAward

Peer Award: Norma Gwin, Nutter, McClennen & Fish

2010MostImproved

Most Improved: Blue Cross Blue Shield