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Mayor Menino’s Zoning Article Wins U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Award

Apr 12, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter awarded the “Innovation in Green Design” Honorable Mention Award to Mayor Menino's Zoning Article 37 at the Chapter's Annual Earth Day Party.  The award is given to “innovative programs that support sustainability in the public or educational realms,” and Boston’s zoning code was chosen for its reach and innovation.  Zoning Article 37 is Boston's Green Building Zoning Policy.  
  • Created in 2007, Boston was the first city in the nation to implement such a dramatic green zoning policy.
    • San Francisco, Los Angeles, and numerous other large and small cities across the country have followed Boston’s lead and enacted similar green building zoning.
  • Boston is home to:
    • Over 100 USGBC LEED Certified buildings, including the first LEED Platinum high rise in Boston.
      • These 100+ buildings total 26.5 million SF and$8 billion in development.
      • These 100+ buildings are comprised of 8 LEED Platinum buildings, 49 LEED Gold buildings, 25 LEED Silver buildings, and 19 LEED Certified buildings.
    • Since Article 37's implementation in 2007, Boston has constructed over 40 green development projects totaling $3.3 billion and 11 million SF; 2/3rd of these buildings are USGBC LEED Certified.
As Mayor Menino says, “Everyone benefits from green buildings!”

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