Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, other organizations, honored for environmentally sustainable practices
Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy was among a baker’s dozen of non-profit organizations and businesses recognized Tuesday by Mayor Thomas M. Menino for environmentally sustainable practices.
The Mayor’s Greenovate Boston Business Awards were presented at a ceremony at Boston University to businesses that “demonstrated extraordinary performance regarding sustainability, such as employee engagement, operations, renewable energy, storm-water management, and innovation,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.
“Greenovate Boston’s engagement goals will help ensure that the commitment to our environment and the innovations demonstrated by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and the rest of today’s award winners become the norm in Boston,” said Brian Swett, the city’s chief of energy and environment, in a statement released by the conservancy.
In that statement, Steven Anderson, director of park operations for the conservancy, said the award was an affirmation of its staff’s work in embracing and promoting organic landscape practices.
“Our organic landscape care allows everyone, including children and pets, to freely and safely play on our park lawns without the worry of harmful chemicals or pesticides,” Anderson said. “Moreover, our plants are healthier and run-off from the Greenway does not pollute our groundwater or Boston Harbor.”
Tuesday’s event marked the official launch of the city’s Greenovate Boston initiative, which includes a citywide sustainability campaign designed by Mullen Advertising. Under this initiative, city officials hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050.
“Celebrating these leaders today is the perfect way to kick off Greenovate Boston,” Menino said in a statement. “They work every day to make Boston cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous for future generations. Now our work continues to get all of our residents, neighborhoods and businesses to join us as we make Boston the greenest city in United States.”
Other award winners in the business category were the Boston Green Academy, Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, Boston University, Dependable Cleaners, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, G2O Spa, Hostelling International, Samuels & Associates, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Suffolk University, and Tech Networks of Boston.
Menino also presented awards in the residential category to Federal Management Company, a local property management company specializing in low-income housing; Dorchester resident Elizabeth Charles; and Mark Liu, who led a campaign to bring energy efficiency to underserved neighborhoods.
In the sustainable food leader category, the Mei Mei Group was honored for providing quality sustainable food, and Dorchester-based Community Services was recognized for its service to the sustainable and healthy food industry.