The Green Ribbon Commission Commercial Real Estate Working Group (CREWG) convenes leading Boston property owners, developers, and commercial real estate organizations to to support the City of Boston in meeting the aggressive goals laid out in its Climate Action Plan.
Reaching Boston’s climate goals depends to a great extent on the decarbonization and increased resilience of the built environment. The CREWG supports Boston’s biggest property owners and developers in establishing and executing strategies for furthering those efforts Climate Ready Boston and Carbon Free Boston. The group’s focus is high-level policy, advocacy, communication, and participation, supported by pertinent research, pilot projects, and demonstration models.
The GRC Commercial Real Estate Working Group played an integral role in advocating for an amendment to the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance, BERDO 2.0, which was unanimously passed by the Boston City Council in the Fall of 2021. BERDO 2.0 sets emissions caps on buildings larger than 35,000 square feet starting in 2025 and buildings larger than 20,000 square feet starting in 2030. The amendment is critical because while it applies to just 4% of Boston’s buildings, those buildings account for around 60% of citywide building emissions – making it an impactful tool in mitigating emissions and progressing Boston towards a carbon-free future.
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