News | Carbon Free Boston, Commercial Real Estate, GRC, Health Care, Higher Education, Transportation | 09.24.18

First Movers: Boston’s Biggest Property Owners

On September 18th, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Boston University, and A Better City co-hosted the first gathering of Boston First Movers, the 50 largest real estate owners in the City of Boston. The presentations and discussion focused on strategies for achieving the City’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, including renewable energy, efficiency, and electrification. Buildings represent 75% of the carbon emissions in the City of Boston, and these large property owners represent roughly 30% of the square footage. Navigating the intense rain, more than 40 percent of First Movers attended the session. A research report on the collective impact and strategies of some First Movers was presented by consultants from The Cadmus Group.

At the meeting, Dr. Robert Brown, President of Boston University, announced a PPA (power purchase agreement) for wind energy equal to 100% of Boston University’s electricity requirements for the next 15 years. Also highlighted at the meeting: the Barr Foundation’s recent commitment of at least $100 million over the next five years to climate change mitigation. The meeting sponsors and the City plan to continue to work with First Movers to support carbon emissions reductions in the coming years.

Below are the presentations from the Green Ribbon Commission, Boston Properties, Boston University, The Cadmus Group, and the City of Boston.

Downloadable Links:

Boston’s Changing Energy Landscape: Implications and Opportunities for Large Property Owner’s

Cadmus First Movers Research

Boston Properties First Movers Meeting

BU Wind: Green Ribbon Commission First Movers

Cadmus: Building Electrification for the Commercial Sector

Carbon Free Boston: Policy Options


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