Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that applications are now being accepted for the eighth annual Greenovate Boston Awards.
The 2014 Mayor‚Äôs Greenovate Boston Awards will recognize sustainability leadership in Boston by community organizations, businesses, non-profits, institutions and residents.
The awards are meant to recognize leaders who are helping the City reach its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, and by 80 percent by 2050.
Specifically, applicants must highlight a recent project or practice that demonstrates leadership in one of these categories – Sustainable Food Systems, Alternative Transportation, Renewable Energy, Energy Conservation, Climate Preparedness, Behavior Change, Water Conservation, or Waste Reduction.
Last year, there were 18 winners of the Greenovate Awards, including three in the residential category, 13 in the business category, and two sustainable food leaders.
The 2013 winners included Atlantic Wharf, Boston‚Äôs first LEED Platinum certified skyscraper which uses 42 percent less energy. During construction, developer Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) made sure that recycled material accounted for 30 percent of the total material used. A full 95 percent of the construction waste was diverted from the waste stream.
Atlantic Wharf now hosts educational tours for students, developers and professionals who look at the project as a model for sustainable development. It‚Äôs also boosting economic development and job creation in Boston, offering a waterfront mixed-use development with 1.2 million square feet of office and retail space along with urban lofts.
Mayor Walsh said the City continues to work with businesses, institutions and residents to make Boston the country‚Äôs greenest city.
Applications for the Greenovate Awards must be sent in before April 18, 2014, and the awards ceremony is scheduled to take place during the inaugural Greenovate Boston Community Summit on May 31, 2014.
Brian Swett, chief of Boston‚Äôs Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet, said they‚Äôre looking forward to honoring this year‚Äôs sustainability leaders and engaging future leaders at the summit.
The day-long summit will help gather feedback and input from the community for the Climate Action Plan update, which is due at the end of the year.
The summit will also include workshops, presentations by expert speakers, and a Marketplace of Ideas for showcasing local innovations, products and services.