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Beneath the bright skylight and integrated solar panels of the State House Great Hall, the eighth annual Leading by Example (LBE) Awards recognized awardees for their energy and environmental accomplishments in late October. Have a look at this year’s LBE award recipients – two state agencies, two municipalities, two higher education entities, and two individuals – who demonstrate achievements that produce measurable environmental and energy outcomes.

UMass Dartmouth wind turbine

UMass Dartmouth wind turbine

This year’s ceremony also marked the release of the first comprehensive progress report of LBE’s achievements towards the goals set forth in Executive Order 484. Through coordination of diverse agencies, organizations, and individuals across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts state government reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 314,000 metric tonnes, a reduction of 25% between the LBE baseline (the average of FY02 to FY04) and 2012. This is the equivalent of removing 66,000 cars from the road.

2014 LBE Awards ceremony

2014 LBE Awards ceremony

The installation of solar, wind and combined heat and power (CHP) systems has increased renewable power generation at state facilities to just over 15% in 2012, meeting the Patrick Administration’s goal. Two-thirds of the 43 agencies tracked by LBE saw energy reductions between the baseline and 2012, with nine agencies seeing 20% reductions or greater.

Here are the 2014 LBE Award Winners’ projects that are supporting sustainability in the state.

State Agencies

The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance is implementing the Accelerated Energy Program, a bold effort initiating energy and water efficiency projects at 700 sites over 700 days, piloting ten sites towards zero net energy in existing buildings, and completing two zero net energy buildings. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has developed a comprehensive sustainability program, which includes the development of on-site renewable generation, energy efficiency retrofits, and single-stream recycling across the transit system.

Higher Education

Bristol Community College is constructing a 3MW solar canopy that will be the largest of its kind in the northeast. An innovative zero net energy lab is under construction on campus, and their Energy and Sustainability Center is a key sustainable green jobs training resource for Southeastern Massachusetts. In the past year, UMass Dartmouth has launched high impact educational campaigns that more than doubled the campus recycling rate and tripled the number of students washing clothes in cold water. Additionally, UMass Dartmouth committed to on-site alternative energy generation, with an expansive portfolio that includes a wind turbine, solar arrays, and a combined heat and power system.

LED Streetlight in Dartmouth Mass.

LED streetlight, part of Dartmouth’s efficiency efforts


In addition to a long-term commitment to solar power, Newburyport was the first city in the Commonwealth to ban single-use handled plastic bags this year and oversees the No Wasted Energy Program for residents. The Town of Dartmouth releases an annual sustainability report that chronicles its seven solar farms in the community and hundreds of solar arrays on homes and businesses, and twenty-two efficiency projects that save the equivalent electricity to power over 2,200 Massachusetts homes.


Collectively, the Sustainable UMass (Amherst) team – Ezra Small, Rachel Dutton, Victoria Rosen and Craig Nicolson – coordinate one of the leading sustainability programs in the country. They operate a comprehensive green office program, source local food in the nation’s largest on-campus dining program, and incorporate alternative energy technologies on the campus. As the Town Administrator of Leverett, Margie McGinnis has championed alternative energy and energy efficiency projects in her community, saving thousands of dollars in annual energy costs and overseeing the installation of Leverett’s 15kW solar array. Margie played an essential role in Leverett’s Green Community designation in 2011.

The 2014 winners exemplify the quality of environmental and clean energy leaders working toward common goals across the Massachusetts.

Written By:

Sustainability Project Coordinator

Trey Gowdy coordinates efficiency and sustainability projects with the Leading By Example Program (LBE) in DOER. LBE meets the ambitious clean energy goals for state government in Executive Order 484. Trey is especially interested in using innovative technologies and outreach strategies to reduce the environmental impact of operations in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining DOER, he worked as the Campus Sustainability Associate at Florida State University. Outside of the office, Trey enjoys running in Boston and traveling to new places.

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