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100 Cambridge Street Earns LEED Silver Certification

March 7, 2011


Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077

100 Cambridge Street, the former Saltonstall building in downtown Boston, has been awarded LEED® Silver certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. 100 Cambridge Street earned its certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System with a goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

“This LEED Silver certification shows that 100 Cambridge Street has come a long way from the time it was declared a sick building and closed in 1999,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Robert L. Culver. “MassDevelopment is committed to making green practices a priority in construction and renovation, and we’re pleased USGBC has recognized our work at 100 Cambridge.”

The facility, which MassDevelopment redeveloped into a dynamic mixed-use site that reopened in 2004, has been fully leased since 2007. The building is one of only 12 buildings in Boston to earn USGBC LEED for Existing Buildings certification.

“We thank our management professionals from CB Richard Ellis/New England, who provided the guidance necessary to bring this LEED certification process to fruition,” said MassDevelopment Executive Vice President of Real Estate Richard Henderson.

In 1999, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts closed the Leverett A. Saltonstall state office building and selected MassDevelopment to redevelop the contaminated property, located on a windswept plaza at the corner of Cambridge and Bowdoin Streets in downtown Boston. Rehabbed and rebranded “100 Cambridge Street,” the award-winning 600,000-square-foot property is a model for public-private partnership, and a successful example of mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, 100 Cambridge Street is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”

LEED certification of 100 Cambridge Street was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include new, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, enhanced single-stream recycling, lighting upgrades with sensors, and the introduction of USGBC policies for indoor air quality and “green” cleaning.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, works with businesses, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2010, MassDevelopment financed or managed 238 projects in 104 communities across the state generating investment of nearly $1.4 billion in the Massachusetts economy.

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation. For more information, visit