It was my pleasure to attend and present at the 2011 Leading By Example Awards (Leading By Examle Program Website) that were held at the State House in Boston earlier this fall. This year, the LBE Awards recognized ten awardees – made up of agencies, municipalities, public higher education institutions, and individuals – who are making inspiring efforts to adopt clean energy and improve energy efficiency while protecting the environment. It was an honor to recognize these efforts, which will have such a lasting and positive impact on the energy future of the Commonwealth.
The Leading By Example Awards were established in April 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick under Executive Order No. 484. The purpose of the order was to reduce the overall environmental impacts of state government operations, particularly climate and energy impacts. The order established higher energy efficiency standards in the operation of state buildings, and set short- and long-term goals to advance clean energy and efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the Leading By Example program promotes sustainability activities within state government including waste reduction, water conservation, green buildings, alternative fuels, efficient transportation, and recycling.Here are some photos from the event.
The 2011 awards highlighted a variety of innovative public sector sustainability efforts. Recipients included Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, Mount Wachusett and Massasoit Community Colleges, cities of Boston and Lowell, towns of Easton and Hudson, and individuals from the city of Northampton and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Here are a few standouts:
• Chelsea Soldiers’ Home installed a 60 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array on a new $1.2 million roof on its largest campus building, along with day lighting controls for hallways that “know” when to turn off or dim when rooms are lit brightly enough by the sun. The Home also replaced older lights with high efficiency lighting systems. The improvements will reduce the Home’s electricity usage by 150,00 kWh and save $24,000 annually.
• Massasoit Community College, with campuses in Brockton and Canton, is host to the 2nd largest solar PV array (370 kW) at any state college or university and is in the midst of a campus-wide energy efficiency project. Together these efforts are expected to reduce the use of fossil fuels and grid electricity by more than 40 percent.
• Melissa Lucas, the Sustainability and Energy Manager at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, oversaw projects such as opening a new green and energy efficient data center, installing lighting upgrades to the loading dock and parking garage, upgrading a campus hot water system and power plant boilers, and the construction of a new Ambulatory Care Center designed to receive a LEED Silver level designation. Under Melissa’s leadership, despite an 18 percent growth in campus square footage from 2002-2010, UMass Medical School has reduced its oil use by almost half.
Congratulations to the award winners!
Power Down and Save Up posted on Dec 23
Between Thanksgiving and the cusp of a new year, many of us feel the festive energy. Burning lots of energy seems to go along with celebrating – think of all those holiday lights and cookies we bake. But that extra energy use also gives everyone …Continue Reading Power Down and Save Up
New Walden Pond Visitor Center Would Inspire Even Thoreau posted on Dec 17
The 335 acre Walden Pond State Reservation annually attracts 500,000 people from all over the world, who journey there not just for recreation but for inspiration. Those visitors will soon have another amenity to enjoy. Earlier this month, Governor Deval Patrick joined community leaders, other public officials, environmentalists and project partners to break ground on the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s new $8 million Walden Pond Visitor Center, designed to incorporate a wide-range of sustainable materials and technologies.
Thirteen New Green Communities: Cause for Celebration (With Cake) posted on Dec 10
The United States was created from thirteen colonies, which suggests that thirteen is a lucky number. Massachusetts just added another lucky thirteen. A new round of Green Communities – you guessed it, thirteen of them – brings the total number of cities and towns that …Continue Reading Thirteen New Green Communities: Cause for Celebration (With Cake)