Through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism, Boston Properties and its employees make a positive impact on its communities, examples of which are described below.
As a supporter of the United Way, Boston Properties sponsors Community Care Days and other fundraising campaigns. We take great pride in partnering with our employees for fundraising efforts. Our employees and Boston Properties have contributed to relief funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the devastating tornadoes in the Midwest, the Haiti Earthquake, the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon Bombing. Boston Properties also provided office space free of charge to the Boston One Fund, the charitable organization established to raise funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Across all of our regions, Boston Properties is committed to making charitable contributions to organizations specifically benefitting the environments in which our buildings are located. Examples of these organizations include: the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Open Space Land Trust and Guadalupe River Park and Garden Association in San Francisco; Titus Sparrow Park, the Esplanade Association, Blue Hill Observatory and the Boston Harbor Association in Boston; Friends of the Shore in New York; and in Washington DC, the DC Preservation League and American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country.
In our Washington, DC region, employees compete annually in the JDRF Real Estate Games, an Olympic-style sporting event raising money to fight type 1 diabetes. The 2013 event was hugely successful, raising over $415,000 to help find a cure for the disease.
Boston Properties was instrumental in the founding of Spanish Education Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to designing and implementing educational programs for low income residents of the Washington, DC metro area and their families.
As part of this commitment to supporting education in the DC Metro area, in 2013 Boston Properties participated in the first annual Hoops for Hope event, benefiting the Washington Middle School for Girls.
Boston Properties is a supporter of Reston Interfaith, a local grassroots non-profit organization offering support with dignity to those in a transitional part of their lives. Boston Properties’ efforts in supporting this and other non-profit programs in Reston, Virginia resulted in the Company being awarded Best of Reston in 2011.
In New York we light up our buildings in pink to promote breast cancer awareness in the days leading up to the Susan G. Komen New York City Race for the Cure. Each December as part of its 31 Nights of Light program, Boston Properties lights the top of the Prudential Tower in Boston in different colors to shine a light on the work of numerous charitable organizations.
The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf in Boston provides exhibit space to support the work of local artists and is currently programmed by The Fort Point Arts Community, Inc., a non-profit community organization run by neighborhood artists and volunteers.
At 601 Lexington Avenue in New York, we support the work of community artists through exhibitions in the Galleries in the upper and lower levels of the Atrium Shops and Cafes.
In San Francisco we support Jumpstart, a learning program for disadvantaged children, which utilizes the holiday ice skating rink at Justin Hermann Plaza for a day of ice skating, face painting, arts and crafts and literary activities.
The Prudential Center in Boston hosts a weekly farmer’s market from May to October to provide fresh produce, meats, cheeses and breads to our tenants and the community and support the efforts of local farmers.
In Princeton, New Jersey Boston Properties holds an annual Thanksgiving food drive for HomeFront New Jersey, an organization that provides food each month to over 800 needy families with children in Trenton. The 2013 drive raised over 2,300 pounds of non-perishable food and 6 Thanksgiving baskets.
Carnegie Center in Princeton, New Jersey hosts the Carnegie Center 5K for The Parkinson Alliance. In 2012 there were 825 participants raising a total of $88,000 in revenue for Parkinson’s research. Boston Properties also held a charity clothing drive in 2012 for the Rescue Mission of Trenton, which resulted in 1,220 pounds of clothing collected.
Boston Properties is working with the City of Boston and the Green Ribbon Commission to support the Greenovate Boston Campaign by raising awareness of collective sustainability efforts throughout the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Boston Properties has posted signs in its buildings and distributed literature to its tenants featuring green tips and best practices. We also include a “Seeing Green” section in our quarterly tenant newsletter in Boston highlighting our green programs, successes, and tips.
Each year at The Shops at Prudential Center we host a Volunteer Expo featuring over 50 non-profit groups who distribute information about volunteer activities for doing positive things in the community.
In Boston and New York during the spring and fall each year we support Lights Out in our towers to encourage tenants to turn out all lights at night to assist the migration of birds through the area.
Boston Properties is proud that our commitment to environmental stewardship was recognized in 2011 in the City of Boston by the prestigious EPA Environmental Award for Commitment to Sustainability in our buildings and our contributions to the community.