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Kendall Square and Our (Very) Small Carbon Footprint

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reducing our carbon footprint here in Kendall Square

Although Kendall Square is a bustling hub of innovative start-ups and large global corporations, it is one of the most eco-friendly areas of Greater Boston.

The architecture of Boston and Cambridge is full of historic buildings, so converting them to become LEED certified is not an easy task. Out of all the LEED certified buildings in Cambridge, only 10 have a Platinum Certification Level, and Genzyme is one of them. When you think “green” you might think unsophisticated and plain. However, for those who have stepped foot in the Genzyme building, you know this isn’t true. The building is largely composed of all glass so natural light floods in the building at all times. If you are afraid of heights though, we suggest you take the stairs, while the glass elevator is one of the coolest things ever, it wouldn’t be a fun ride for those who can’t look down!


Kendall Square also has many options for “green” transportation. I mean, who wants a car in the city anyways?! The Hubway is one of the best ways to get around Cambridge and Boston throughout the summer. Oh wait, and the winter too since Hubway chose Cambridge to test out their year-round service on for the first time! Kendall Square also has a ZipCar and Planet Tran rental station in case you need a car.

If you really want to get creative (and some of us here have done it) you can paddle from Kendall Square to your destination via the Public Dock where you can rent canoes and kayaks. The Dock is open from dawn to dusk, so you have the whole day to get around via the Charles. Also, our dock has space to store your canoe or kayak if you’re already ahead of the game!

Being “green” this day in age is important to everyone, and Kendall Square has taken great steps to improve its carbon footprint. There’s always more we can do, so if you have any suggestions be sure to tweet at us @Kendall_Square !