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Every fall, the Commonwealth holds the annual Leading by Example (LBE) Award ceremony at the State House. And every year, there is a surplus of impressive energy and sustainability achievements to celebrate. This year’s 8 winners, from state agencies, public higher education, and municipalities were recognized for initiatives that lowered costs and reduced the environmental impacts of state and municipal government operations across the Bay State.

At the October awards ceremony, attendees gathered under the flags that surround the Great Hall, where a flag flies for nearly every one of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. It’s a great visual reminder of the broad impact that public sector leadership at the municipal level can have. Add in the efforts of state government, from executive agencies to the 29 public colleges and universities, and it’s clear why “leading by example” is so important to the Commonwealth’s clean energy and sustainable future.

State officials celebrated the accomplishments of the awardees and outlined the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental progress. A few highlights include an increase in the amount of solar PV installed at state facilities from less than 100 kW in 2007 to more than 13 MW in 2015, a reduction in the use of fuel oil at state facilities by 17 million gallons (or 72 percent since 2006), and the construction of 39 LEED certified buildings. For municipalities, 136 cities and towns are designated as Green Communities, home to more than half of the state’s population.

Here are the 2015 LBE Award Winners:

State Agencies

The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) operates a portfolio of sustainable buildings at state colleges and universities, with 14 LEED buildings built across 8 campuses in the past decade, the installation of 10 renewable energy systems, and a recent survey of all of roofs for solar applicability. The Clean Energy Partnership for Wastewater and Drinking Water Facilities is a multi-agency collaboration implementing clean energy programs across water treatment facilities. Since 2010, the Partnership has increased on-site clean energy generation by an estimated 170 percent, saved $35 million for Massachusetts communities and implemented energy projects at approximately one-third of the state’s 250 drinking water and 120 wastewater municipal facilities.

Public Higher Education

Worcester State University is implementing a campus-wide transition to LED light bulbs that will save over 271,000 kWh annually, operating a successful composting program, and promoting alternative transportation through new EV charging stations, as well as running a student move-out and starting a new bike share program. UMass Boston incorporated sustainability as a ‘leading guiding principle’ into its 25 year master plan, is installing 3 miles of biking infrastructure and recycling over 3,500 tons of material annually, as well as adding a storm water management system that will reduce runoff and pollution into Boston Harbor and opening its first building to seek LEED certification.


2015 LBE Awards-Belmont LightThe Town of Kingston has implemented a host of clean energy and energy efficiency projects across municipal facilities that save over $160,000 annually and established an innovative Renewable Energy Grant and Loan Program for residents. Belmont Light, the Town of Belmont’s community-owned utility, offers extensive energy efficiency programs in which 1 in 5 Belmont homes have participated. This includes a thermal imaging program and the Belmont Light Energy Grant Program that helps residents weatherize their homes and save energy.


For the City of Melrose, Martha Grover, Energy Efficiency Manager, has been championing the city’s extensive energy efficiency efforts. This includes projects at some of the public schools that are saving thousands of dollars in annual energy costs and thousands of gallons in fuel oil and current efforts to retrofit over 3,000 streetlights to LEDs. Stephen Brown, Yvonne Jones, and Raul Silva are DCR’s energy and sustainability champions. They are leading efforts to retrofit thousands of exterior lights to LEDS, which is expected to save $500,000 annually, and are playing a key role in DCR’s participation in the Accelerated Energy Program at over 50 sites.

With all these impressive achievements, it’s no wonder Massachusetts has been named the most energy efficient state five years in a row.

Photos of all award recipients and the ceremony are available here.

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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