The EBC Award for Climate Change Project of the Year is awarded to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in recognition of the year-long effort to negotiate the contracts for the authority to drive the adoption and expansion of renewable energy for the entirety of the MBTA’s energy load, effective January 1, 2021. As the largest single consumer of electricity in Massachusetts, the MBTA’s conversion to a 100% renewable energy platform will have a meaningful, positive impact on the Commonwealth’s carbon reduction goals. The contracts include the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for 100% of the MBTA’s electricity load (417,000,000 kWH/year) as well as provisions for purchasing 70% of the electricity at a fixed price. The MBTA’s leadership extends well beyond the purchase of renewable energy, guiding MBTA investments in on-site renewable energy infrastructure in several locations, with more to come. This infrastructure includes two wind turbines in Kingston and Bridgewater, small-scale solar projects at the Orient Heights and Braintree Stations, and installed solar canopies at three additional MBTA sites.
The award was presented to the project team by:
Undersecretary for Energy
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
This award, established in January 2020, recognizes a project or endeavor which demonstrates leadership in climate change.View Past Award Winners
The EBC Award for Climate Change Project of the Year is awarded to Clippership Wharf, in recognition of an innovative residential complex pioneering the integration of climate resiliency features to protect the site and enhance the waterfront. The design includes a combination of resilient solutions, including terraced landscape buffers, seawalls, and native plantings, to exceed Boston’s Coastal Flood Resilience Design standards. A living shoreline, the first in Boston’s urban harbor, creates a beneficial new habitat and works with the site to protect not only tenants but other inland properties in East Boston. The project includes a $25M brownfields cleanup, four acres of waterfront open space, green infrastructure that works in concert with engineered systems and raingardens to increase the site’s climate resiliency, and a 1,700 linear foot extension of the Harborwalk.