EBC Ruth H. Silman Award for Climate Change Project of the Year

Award Project: Vineyard Wind 1 Supplies Clean Energy to the Grid

Award Recipients:

  • Vineyard Wind 1
  • Epsilon Associates, Inc.
  • Biodiversity Research Institute
  • Capitol Airspace Group
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Geo SubSea LLC
  • Gray & Pape, Inc.
  • JASCO Applied Sciences
  • The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc.
  • RPS, a Tetra Tech Company
  • Saratoga Associates
  • Wood Thilsted USA Inc

The EBC Ruth H. Silman Award for Climate Change Project of the Year is awarded to Vineyard Wind 1 as the project delivers clean energy to the Massachusetts grid. Vineyard Wind 1 is the first of its kind off America’s shores, forging a path for federal permitting for all projects that follow.

The Vineyard Wind 1 energy generation facility, a joint venture between Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is the first large-scale offshore wind project in the United States. Located on the outer continental shelf, the 806 MW facility consists of 62 wind turbines over 800 feet high. The project first delivered energy to the grid on January 2, 2024 through the substation in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

The project team, in collaboration with federal colleagues at the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, developed a permitting assessment covering potential environmental, social, economic, historic, and cultural impacts that could result from its construction, operation, maintenance, and eventual decommissioning. When fully operational, Vineyard Wind 1 will power approximately 400,000 homes while reducing carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year. Additionally, the project has created more than 2,000 jobs to date, and delivered $590 million in total economic output to the Massachusetts’ economy.

EBC Ruth H. Silman Award for Climate Change Project of the Year

Award Project: Boston University’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences

Award Recipients:

  • Boston University
  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
  • WSP
  • Fort Point Associates, A Tetra Tech Company
  • AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
  • KPMB Architects
  • BR+A Consulting Engineers
  • Transsolar KlimaEngineering
  • The Green Engineer, Inc.
  • Entuitive
  • LeMessurier
  • Nitsch Engineering
  • The Vertex Companies, LLC
  • Suffolk

The EBC Ruth H. Silman Award for Climate Change Project of the Year is awarded to Boston University’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences. At 345,000 square feet, the Center is Boston’s largest fossil-fuel free building, integrating an incredible array of climate-resilient and efficiency features into its design.

The building features a geothermal closed loop system providing 90% of the building’s thermal capacity, with electric boilers and chillers to cover peak periods. Solar installations on campus address 23% of the building’s electricity usage, with the rest matched by the BU Wind project in South Dakota. In addition, exterior louvers reduce solar heat gain, triple-glazed windows reduce heat loss, and green roofs capture rainwater and reduce the urban heat island effect. To make the Center more resilient to future sea level rise, it was built higher than the City’s suggested design guidelines.

Many other features of the design and construction prioritized climate resiliency and mitigation, including a 6% reduction in embodied carbon, placing the Center for Computing & Data Sciences on the leading edge of sustainable design in the region.

Presenting the Award:

Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Green New Deal Director
City of Boston, Massachusetts

Award Photos

The 2023 Ruth H. Silman Award for Climate Change Project of the Year