(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)
A non-profit business association has begun recruiting East Boston businesses and institutions to pledge to reduce energy consumption and increase sustainability.
A Better City launched its Challenge for Sustainability in 2009, in cooperation with the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development and Boston Main Streets, with funding support from the Boston Foundation. So far, more than 60 businesses, non-profit organizations, and buildings have joined the challenge, but ABC hopes to find still more, through all of the city’s 19 Main Streets districts.
East Boston Main Streets has begun working with ABC to recruit neighborhood businesses and institutions for the effort. The first neighborhood organization to join is the East Boston Social Centers.
“We believe our collaboration with ABC on the Challenge for Sustainability will bring businesses in our district the knowledge and tools they need to receive significant savings to protect their bottom line, while helping Boston climb to the forefront of green cities,” said Clark Moulaison, executive director for East Boston Main Streets, in a statement released by ABC.
The challenge is designed to help save money by increasing energy efficiency, and decreasing solid waste, resource consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. ABC provides participants with guidance in creating and executing a sustainability plan, technical assistance, access to energy audits, and the implementation of energy-saving projects.
Other participants from around the city include the Ashmont Grill, Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge, Community Servings, Flour Bakery, Masona Grill, Roslindale Congregational Church, and Tropical Foods Supermarket.
ABC is seeking more East Boston institutions and businesses to join the Challenge for sustainability. For more information, contact Mihir Parikh at A Better City, 617-502-6245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.