The Challenge for Sustainability empowers businesses and commercial property managers to benchmark, engage, reduce and share best practices, with the goal of fostering a thriving community, economy and environment. The following “micro-documentaries” were produced by GG Films to tell the story of sustainable businesses in Boston.


Businesses of any industry or size use the online scorecard as a benefit of participating in the Challenge for Sustainability, to benchmark their properties, set goals, develop action plans, research best practices and get results! The scorecard is complimented by monthly best practice sharing meetings featuring knowledgeable speakers and group discussion. In 2011, the participants of the Challenge reduced their electricity consumption by 3.3% or 8.5 million kWh (730 homes) and their water consumption 8% equivalent to 30 Olympic Pools.

Small business, Big rewards

When most think of reducing greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, and overall sustainability, small businesses are not the first to come to mind. A Better City, partnering with the City of Boston has taken to the neighborhoods of Boston through “Boston Main Streets” to turn this notion around. Small business can make large changes. Through the “Challenge for Sustainability”, A Better City has helped Boston’s neighborhood businesses address sustainability issues to help the environment, lower operational costs, and protect their bottom line.

Build it, they will fill it

Commercial real estate and hotel properties take the initiative on sustainable business practices to attract tenants and guests. These ABC Challenge participants include one of the top 5 most sustainable hotels in the U.S.; the first LEED certified skyscraper in Boston; and a groundbreaking total chiller replacement generating over 20% savings in electricity.


Walking the Walk

The Challenge for Sustainability is a voluntary environmental program that engages businesses to adopt best practices in sustainability through a platform of benchmarking and peer support network. Leadership, by walking the walk, play incremental roles in the level that the business embraces sustainability as a culture. These four gentlemen, Rick Dimino of A Better City, Bud Ris of the New England Aquarium, Larry DiCara of Nixon Peabody and Mike Mooney of Nutter, McClennen and Fish are premier examples of leaders that walk the walk!