The Schochet Companies Honored with Boston 2013 Greenovate Award – Mayor Thomas M. Menino honored The Schochet Companies with the 2013 Greenovate Boston Residential Award for the company's leadership in environmental sustainability. The annual award is given to businesses, residents and sustainable food sectors throughout Boston that are committed to exemplary sustainable practices in their communities and is part of the Mayor's ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. "We are thrilled to be recognized for championing efforts to make Boston the greenest city in the country," said Richard Henken, President of the Schochet Companies. “Sustainability is a top priority for this company and we look forward to continuing to lead the way in building upon our good practices." To develop and implement their formal commitment to environmental sustainability, the company teamed up with an outside consulting firm, Rethinking Power Management (RPM) to develop unique and comprehensive strategies to reduce energy and water consumption.
The Schochet Companies Achieve SPI-HUD Green Organizational Accreditation - SPI-HUD Green Organizational Accreditation is part of the Affordable Green Initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2012. The Sustainable Performance Institute (SPI) recognizes those HUD grantees and affordable housing organizations in achieving portfolio-wide improvements. The vision of this initiative is to enable organizations to institutionalize sustainability and achieve higher levels of performance of the management of their housing portfolios. Accreditation differentiates organizations that seek to implement green building and operational best practices, build capacity of staff, track and measure building performance effectively over time, realize significant improvements in health and energy efficiency, and achieve exemplary cost savings. Only 24 organizations from across the U.S. were accredited through the pilot. Of those, 17 achieved full accreditation, meaning they have already implemented most or all of the best practices contained in the Accreditation criteria and can document their actions accordingly, while an additional 7 organizations received Provisional Accreditation, meaning they have made commitments to the best practices with the intention of implementing them sometime during the accreditation term.
Perks and Incentives – Next Exit. CHP Units at Apartment Complex Earn Rebates, Tax Incentives and Three-Year ROI. Published in Business Energy, January-February 2014, by Kevin T. Sullivan, Daniel L. Kelley, Ilene Mason, and Dana Mattair. Improved energy efficiency that saves money, conserves resources, and cuts greenhouse gas emissions was the goal that led Schochet Property Management, Boston, MA, to install two combined heat and power (CHP) units at the Fresh Pond Apartments in Cambridge. With the CHP units having been online since September 2012, the results to date indicate the goal will be reached.