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GreenDOT 4 MassDOT today received a Leading by Example Award for a series of green practices, including implementation of the nation's first "Green DOT" policy, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative. 

The Awards are given for significantly reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, increased recycling, the use of renewable energy and other clean energy, and environmental quality initiatives.  Other winners this year included UMass Amherst and the UMass Medical School in Worcester, along with the Department of Fire Services, and the cities of Medford and Northampton and the towns of Greenfield and Mashpee.

Leading by Example was established in 2007 when Governor Patrick directed agencies of state government to improve energy efficiency, promote clean energy technology and reduce their environmental impacts. The Governor's Executive Order calls on state government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, reduce energy consumption at state-owned and leased facilities 20 percent, and procure 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2012.

MassDOT"s GreenDOT initiative is driven by three primary goals: reduce greenhouse gas emissions; promote the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling and public transit; and support for smart growth development.

The Leading by Example Program directed by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs promotes sustainability activities within state government including waste reduction, water conservation, green buildings, alternative fuels, efficient transportation, and recycling.  Visit the Leading by Example Transportation page.

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