Case Studies

Challenge for Sustainability participants have achieved wide-ranging and measurable results. The Case Studies listed below provide a deeper look at the approaches, innovative ideas and environmental impact of a number of our most successful partnerships.

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Energy Efficiency

John Hancock – 197 Clarendon

 

stephen_brown_bld copy entryAs a participant in the Challenge for Sustainability, John Hancock’s Back Bay location, 197 Clarendon, completed ABC’s Sustainability Scorecard to help identify potential opportunities for improved energy efficiency. As a result, in 2011, John Hancock completed a full retrofit of the 27-year-old chiller plant; installed an EnergySmart membrane roof, which is the only commercial membrane labeled by EPA’s ENERGY STAR; installed a lighting control system throughout the entire building; and renovated the restrooms with automatic and low-flow fixtures.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Shields Warren Building

 
DFCI BuildingThe Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)—Shields Warren Building is an administrative office building for DFCI medical facilities across New England. Two years after joining the Challenge for Sustainability, the Shields Warren Building received the 2014 award for the ‘Greatest Energy-Reduction’ at A Better City’s 5th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards. Between 2012 and 2013, the Shields Warren Building reduced energy consumption by 21%, which was the equivalent of saving approximately 200,000 kWh of electricity.

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John Hancock – 601 Congress

 
JH 601 CongressJohn 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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Epiphany School

 
Epiphany SEpt 11 011The Epiphany School, located in the St. Marks Area Main Streets in Dorchester, MA. In 2012, Epiphany School took on a lighting retrofit for the entire school area, as well as the gym and the cafeteria. They additionally installed low-flow spray rinse valves in the kitchen, motion sensors in all of the bathrooms, as well as started to compost food waste from the cafeteria per the students request.

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Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance

 
Studio GAfter moving into a new Energy Star-rated building in 2008 (designed by an architectural firm specializing in sustainability), the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) decided to dive into sustainability even further by joining the Challenge for Sustainability in 2011.

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Tropical Foods Supermarket

 
DSCN0823Tropical Foods Supermarket, part of Dudley Square Main Streets in Roxbury, MA recently went through a lighting retrofit upgradng to energy efficient lighting, along with motion sensors, and efficiecent motor technology on the walk-in and reach-in coolers.

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Water Efficiency

CBRE | New England – One Beacon Street

 
CW050201-1In 2012, in preparation for LEED recertification, CBRE Chief Engineer for One Beacon, Fred O’Grady, proposed a novel method of improving water efficiency for the building – rainwater harvesting. In just the first year of the program’s implementation, O’Grady’s rainwater harvesting program provided 86% of total irrigation water usage for the building, equating to nearly $700 in savings. In 2015, One Beacon extended their rainwater harvesting program, beginning to use harvested water to supplement the facility’s car wash during the irrigation off-season.

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2014 Peer Award – Fred O’Grady

 
FredFred O’Grady, Chief Engineer at CB Richard Ellis: One Beacon Street, received the coveted Peer Award at A Better City’s 5th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards, held in March of 2014 at the New England Aquarium. While the other high achievement awards focus on greenhouse gas reductions, energy conservation or sustainability scores, the Peer Award recognizes the individual considered the most engaged, educational, and inspiring by others in the program. This award is voted on by a group of over 75 industry professionals throughout Greater Boston.

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Transportation

Cleaning & Toxins

People & Culture

GLX Project Team Green Committee

 
Earth_Day_PhilThe extension of the Green Line is intended to address transportation inequities, reduce road traffic and subsequent greenhouse gas emissions, and support plans for sustainable growth in Massachusetts, but the project team’s sustainability efforts don’t end at the new College Ave Station. The GLX project office Green Committee engages the full spread of company representatives in the office, uniting them in an effort to be sustainable.

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2014 Peer Award – Fred O’Grady

 
FredFred O’Grady, Chief Engineer at CB Richard Ellis: One Beacon Street, received the coveted Peer Award at A Better City’s 5th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards, held in March of 2014 at the New England Aquarium. While the other high achievement awards focus on greenhouse gas reductions, energy conservation or sustainability scores, the Peer Award recognizes the individual considered the most engaged, educational, and inspiring by others in the program. This award is voted on by a group of over 75 industry professionals throughout Greater Boston.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield MA

 
blue-cross-blue-shield_2Blue Cross Blue Shileld (BCBS) is one of the few companies who have hired a dedicated sustainability manager. Through participation in ABC’s Challenge for Sustainability, BCBS made the business case of hiring a Senior Manager of Corporate Citizenship. This position oversees the company’s sustainability strategy and company efforts focused on the environmental health of communities.

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Purchasing


Renewable Energy

Waste Reduction

Broder Management LLC

 
5a982189098149e5b4f39cfcb877681615 Broad Street, with a recycling rate of just 12.5% in 2014, had not previously been successful in implementing a recycling program. That changed when Broder Management signed on with Andelson + Partners Inc. in June 2014 with the goal of drastically improving their recycling rates. Through their collaborative efforts, the recycling rate at 15 Broad improved by 65% in just one year. In addition to increasing the building’s waste diversion, Broder Management was also able to save money.

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Peabody Office Furniture

 

Peabody-Furniture-photo-2Peabody 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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