With each passing day, energy sustainability is an increasingly pressing issue. Individual efforts can certainly have a positive cumulative impact on the environment, but it is important for large corporations to demonstrate responsibility and move toward real, meaningful solutions.

For its part, Boston has made great strides in implementing sustainable solutions. The Hub is easily walkable, and bike routes can be found anywhere from the Esplanade to Commonwealth Avenue. The city has instituted initiatives including Greenovate Boston, which brings Bostonians together to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and the Green Streets Initiative, which encourages sustainable transportation to work such as walking and biking.

At J.M. Electrical, we support the city’s efforts; we pride ourselves on the many projects we have completed over the last 30 years which contribute to the goal of sustainability. In fact, a big part of being green in a city like Boston is energy-efficient buildings.

In January, our team partnered with BCM Controls Corp. and Suffolk Construction to take on a project at Partners HealthCare facility at Assembly Row in Somerville. Our company installed the facility’s automation system designed by BCM to regulate the heating, cooling and ventilation of the 13-story building. The system works to maintain precise temperature and humidity levels while simultaneously moving large amounts of air throughout the development. These advanced systems reduce energy use in the building by optimizing ventilation, while upholding the optimal temperature for the work environment. The more integrated a system is into the overall building management system, the more energy saved in the long run – and the greater the environmental benefit.

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More recently, J.M. Electrical worked on a project at Massachusetts General Hospital with solar developer 621 Energy. Our companies were able to complete a 476-kilowatt solar photovoltaic rooftop energy system, consisting of 1,487 solar panels and 17 solar inverters installed on the roof of the research and parking facility. The system was designed by 621 Energy, and is projected to generate 568,000 kilowatt hours in its first year of production.

This project used a cutting-edge racking system and will continually save the hospital money while providing a reliable source of power through clean energy. These installations represent another milestone for MGH in its efforts to reduce energy costs.

The soon-to-be-completed Millennium Tower is another great example of Boston’s move toward energy-efficient buildings. J.M. Electrical took a lead role in providing a state-of-the art building automation system in this 60-floor building. Millennium Partners, the developers behind the project, plan to purchase 75 percent of the electricity from renewable sources, making it one of the city’s most energy efficient and sustainable buildings. The tower is projected to be certifiable under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. (Buildings gain LEED status if they can show they save energy and water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.) The Millennium Project will help make the Downtown Crossing area a more energy-efficient community once completed.

Millennium Tower, MGH and Partners HealthCare are all setting new standards for sustainability in the Boston area. Our company is proud to be a part of these notable projects which our city and local communities will benefit from for years to come. We look forward to seeing Boston make steady and marked progress on the sustainability front – and being a partner in that effort.

Original Article Banker & Tradesman