BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a ceremony at the famed Gillette Shaving Headquarters, the city of Boston Thursday awarded Boston Cab Association and its president Ed Tutunjian with the 2012 Green Business Award for its fleet conversion to all hybrid vehicles.
In making the presentation to Boston Cab Association, Jim Hunt, Boston’s Chief of Environment and Energy, noted that the taxi company was the first to commit to purchasing hybrids for its fleet in 2006 as part of the City’s Clean Air Cab program. The hybrids are 60-70 percent more efficient than former Crown Victorias, and today Boston Cab Association has more than 400 hybrids in its fleet.
“We’re proud of the commitment we made to hybrids and helping demonstrate that going green can be good business,” said Tutunjian. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our work with the city to make this happen.”
Boston Cab has been an industry leader in the taxi business for a half-century. The company’s entire fleet of 500 vehicles will soon be hybrid cabs.
“Boston’s taxi fleet is the greenest taxi service in the country now. We worked hard with the City of Boston to modernize our operations,” said Oleg Uritsky, spokesman for the Boston taxi fleet owners, who also accepted the award with Tutunjian.
The sixth annual Green Business Awards recognize local business, residents and sustainable food leaders their part in making Boston a greener, more sustainable, and livable city. Award winners are chosen for extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices such as energy conservation, water conservation, waste management, sustainable food production and more. The 2012 Green Awards were presented to three residents, 11 businesses and two sustainable food leaders at the ceremony hosted at P&G Gillette’s South Boston site.