American Lung Association’s Boston Fight for Air Climb Celebrates 8th Anniversary

Event venue, One Boston Place, awarded for “green” initiatives

WALTHAM, MA (October 12, 2012)

The American Lung Association of the Northeast will return to Boston for the 8th annual “Race Up Boston Place” Fight for Air Climb on Saturday, February 2. More than 1,100 participants, including countless firefighter teams, are expected to race to the top of One Boston Place, in the Mellon Financial Center, to raise money to support the Lung Association’s fight against lung disease.

“We’re excited to be holding our event at One Boston Place again in 2013,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “Not only has the building  generously hosted us since we first began our Fight for Air Climb in Boston eight years ago, their ongoing commitment to  sustainability closely aligns with our commitment to promoting healthy lungs and healthy air for all.  What’s more, is our participants love the challenge that climbing to the top of One Boston Place provides.”

One Boston Place“One Boston Place LEEDS the way when it comes to going green,” said Jason Richardson, Operations Manager for One Boston Place and CB Richard Ellis. LEED-EB, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings, is an internationally recognized certification developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). One Boston Place was the first building in the world to ever receive the prestigious Gold certification, which was awarded back in 2008. The building maintains the Gold standard, making it the highest rated LEED-EB building in all of Boston.

The building’s list of accolades does not stop there. In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized One Boston Place as part of their ENERGY STAR program. The Building Owners and Managers Association of Boston (BOMA), a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, honored BNY Mellon Center at One Boston Place with the BOMA Earth Award in 2008, following the LEED-EB Gold certification. It was the first time the award had been given.

According to Richardson, tenants of the professional building are committed to green initiatives. Each office is provided with a Green Office Checklist and encouraged to implement environmentally-friendly policies. Some of these policies include recycling, and a commitment to cutting down on electricity and paper use. Additionally, One Boston Place only allows the use of green cleaning products and maintains a commitment to better indoor air quality.

The American Lung Association’s “Race Up Boston Place” Fight for Air Climb, held annually at One Boston Place, boasts 789 stairs. Participants will race, run, or walk to the top in support of lung health. Registration is just $35; all climbers are required to raise a minimum of $100, due by event day.

More than 35 million Americans are living with lung disease including lung cancer, asthma, COPD, and emphysema. The American Lung Association reinvests 78 cents of every dollar to fund research, education and advocacy in support of its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Race Up Boston Place hopes to raise $365,000 to benefit the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Sponsors for the 2013 Boston Fight for Air Climb include One Boston Place, CB Richard Ellis, Captivate Network, Poland Spring, 100.7 WZLX, and Mix 104.1. Race Up Bosotn Place is additionally made possible by regional Corporate Team sponsor Kindred Healthcare. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels; please contact Erin Hickey at ehickey@LungNE.org for more information.

Those who register before October 31 are eligible for $10 off their fundraising fee and a one-of-a-kind early bird t-shirt. Visit fightforairclimb.org to register; to receive the discounted rate, simply enter discount code “upne42” at checkout.

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