The Leading by Example Program (LBE) was established in April 2007 by Executive Order No. 484, "Leading by Example - Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings". The program is overseen by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F). The program is a collaborative effort, staffed by the Department of Energy Resources with support from the Division of Capitol Asset Management and Maintenance.
Within these two Cabinet offices, various divisions and departments manage specific aspects of the program, including the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), and the Operational Services Division (OSD). these agencies are working together to help reduce the environmental impacts of state government.
- DOER is the Commonwealth’s energy policy office and oversees efforts to ensure deployment of all cost-effective energy efficiency measures, maximize the development of clean energy resources, ensure reliable energy supplies, minimize the relative cost of clean energy, and support Massachusetts’ clean energy companies and employment. The DOER Leading by Example Program works with DCAMM and many other agencies to develop strategies and programs to support clean energy and sustainability efforts across state government.
- MassDEP responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. Through its participation in the Clean Energy Results Program , MassDEP advances environmental protection by promoting the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Massachusetts through its efforts to reduce regulatory and other barriers to clean and energy efficient development across the state.
- DCAMM is responsible for major capital projects at most state facilities, including new construction, major renovations and energy efficiency projects. The agency is also responsible for ongoing maintenance and operational activities at many facilities. The DCAMM Accelerated Energy Program is a three year effort to initiate energy efficiency at 700 sites across 58 million square feet of state buildings over 700 days and the program started on January 1, 2012.
- OSD is the central procurement agency responsible for procurement of goods and services and ensuring that the best value is provided to Commonwealth agencies. The Environmental Purchasing Program works to incorporate environmentally preferable products and services into statewide contracts and promotes such products to agencies and other eligible users (i.e. municipalities, public schools, other political subdivisions).
The LBE Program encompasses all of Massachusetts' executive agencies and public institutions of higher education. These agencies and institutions own 70 million square feet of buildings and 8,000 vehicles, employ over 65,000 people, and include 29 college campuses. Through various initiatives, LBE works to reduce the overall environmental impacts of state government operations, particularly climate and energy impacts. Executive Order 484 establishes higher energy efficiency standards in the operation of state buildings, setting short- and long-term targets and goals to advance clean energy and efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. In addition, the LBE Program promotes sustainability activities within state government including waste reduction, water conservation, green buildings, alternative fuels, efficient transportation, and recycling.
Eric Friedman, Director
Charles Tuttle, Project Manager
Maria Andrea Hessenius, Green Communities Analyst
Jillian DiMedio, Non-Building Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator
Trey Gowdy, Sustainability Project Coordinator
This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources, Green Communities Division, Leading by Example Program