Patrick Administration Presents Awards for Leading by Example
MassDEP, Massachusetts Trial Court, Mass Maritime Academy, Salem State College, city of Somerville and towns of Plymouth and Dedham applauded for clean energy and environmental achievements
The city of Somerville, the towns of Plymouth and Dedham, Salem State College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and the Massachusetts Trial Court received 2009 Leading by Example Awards at a State House ceremony. This year's awards recognize an array of "green" initiatives including on-site renewable energy, installation of energy management systems, waste reduction and recycling programs, lighting controls and retrofits, use of alternative fuel vehicles in public fleets, and water conservation strategies such as a rainwater harvesting system for use in indoor plumbing and landscape irrigation.
"This year's winners went the extra mile to reduce waste and save energy and water while helping to shine a spotlight on technologies that are revving the engine of our economy," said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles, whose office includes the Leading by Example Program. "Initiatives like these result in immediate environmental benefits, and will pay big dividends for Massachusetts taxpayers for years to come."
Leading by Example (LBE) was established by an April 2007 Executive Order, in which Governor Patrick directed agencies of state government to improve energy efficiency, promote clean energy technology, and reduce their environmental impacts. The Executive Order calls on state government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent (from a 2002 baseline), reduce energy consumption at state-owned and leased facilities 20 percent, and procure 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2012. In addition, it established the Mass LEED-Plus building standard for new state construction, which requires energy performance to be 20 percent better than code. To meet these goals, the LBE Program works collaboratively with various state agencies including Division of Capital Asset Management and Operational Services Division.
Awards go each year to state agencies, public higher education institutions, and leading municipalities. In addition to Secretary Bowles, today's awards ceremony was officiated by Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Phil Giudice, State Purchasing Agent Ellen Bickelman, Senate President Therese Murray, and Leading by Example Director Eric Friedman.
"The Operational Services Division and our Environmental Purchasing Program are pleased to be partners in this event to recognize the leadership efforts taking place among agencies, municipalities and college campuses to minimize the impacts of state government activities on the environment and public health," State Purchasing Agent Ellen Bickelman said. "These initiatives recognize creative approaches that serve to maximize resources, minimize cost and support a more responsible and sustainable future for the Commonwealth."
"Taking initiative to change the way we look at renewable energy, conservation, and environmental issues is a critical step in a greener future for the Commonwealth," said Senate President Therese Murray. "The Leading by Example awards highlight the initiatives that are being taken to change that mentality. All of this year's recipients have done a remarkable job in rising to this challenge, but I am particularly pleased that among this year's awards are two in my district. Both the Town of Plymouth and Massachusetts Maritime Academy's efforts in reducing environmental impacts are examples for the rest of the Commonwealth to follow."
"I am proud that Salem State College has joined with the Commonwealth in its aggressive agenda to reduce emissions and to promote energy efficiency. Congratulations to this extraordinary institution for maximizing its efforts to meet these goals," said Senate Majority Leader Frederick E. Berry.
"I am very proud of the City of Somerville," Senator Patricia Jehlen said. "The city has taken very pro-active steps to reduce energy consumption. In this fiscal environment it is impressive that the City of Somerville has prioritized green projects and greatly reduced its energy consumption."
"Somerville has shown that when a city is willing to step up and take the lead, there is a support system at the state level ready to help. The state's goals and the city's goals are the same: exploring innovative and efficient ways to reduce pollution, waste, and expensive energy bills," said Representative Timothy Toomey. "The Green Communities Act is helping Somerville implement real, tangible solutions that we can see every day in our neighborhoods, like new solar trash compactors, easier access to recycling options, and a fuel-efficient fleet."
"The efforts of the City of Somerville show that even a small city can take significant steps to reduce Greenhouse Gas output," said Representative Denise Provost. "If every city and institution followed Somerville's example, our nation would be on a path to avert worsening climate change."
"I am pleased that Somerville has been recognized for its cutting edge efforts to reduce energy consumption, and I am also proud of Mass. Maritime and Salem State College for taking a lead in instituting clean energy measures," said Senator Anthony Galluccio, who represented Somerville and is the Co-Chair of the Higher Education Committee.
"The Leading by Example Awards seeks to recognize the Commonwealth's public higher education institutions, agencies, and municipalities which have implemented policies and programs that resulted in significant environmental benefits, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and waste reduction. Through their innovation and determination, this year's recipients set a standard of excellence for others to follow," said Senator Marian Walsh. "Each selected organization, institution, and municipality demonstrated a remarkable commitment in challenging current and pressing environmental issues. They deserve our praise and support.
"I congratulate Salem State College for its dedication to conserving energy and preserving the environment. This is a well deserved award and I would also like to extend my congratulations to Governor Patrick and Secretary Bowles for recognizing the College's commitment to reducing its environmental impact on our community," said Representative John D. Keenan.
"The Leading by Example Program is integral to Governor Patrick's clean energy agenda," Commissioner Giudice said. "The foresight and leadership of these seven award recipients help to position the Commonwealth as a national leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy."
In the state agency category, MassDEP was recognized for installing efficient lighting and occupancy sensors in its Boston office; installing computer power management software that powers down computers during inactive periods and at night; recycling 111.5 tons of paper and cardboard and three tons of cans and bottles in FY 2008; reducing the agency's vehicle fleet, which is currently comprised of 20 percent hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles; and major renovation of MassDEP's William X. Wall Experiment Station in Lawrence, which is on track to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
The Massachusetts Trial Court won kudos for Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert Mulligan's establishment of a Green Team, and development of an electronic "Green Hub" bulletin board for employees as well as an internal newsletter called "Renew." The Trial Court also saved $2.6 million in electricity, natural gas and water/sewer costs in FY 2008 by implementing energy efficiency measures; and is in the design phase of a new trial court in Lowell that is on target to be 50 percent better than code in terms of energy performance.
In the state college and university category, Massachusetts Maritime Academy distinguished itself through the college's LEED-Gold certified dormitory and expected LEED-Silver rating for a new library/information commons now under construction; a 660-kilowatt wind turbine that produces 15 percent of the campus' electricity; an 85-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system producing over 95,000 kilowatt hours of electricity; a combined heat and power system for the college's dorm complex; and an array of water conservation measures such as low-flow fixtures, waterless urinals, and use of non-potable water for irrigation.
Salem State College was recognized for its Mass LEED-Plus Interim Library; a 68-kilowatt solar array at its Central Residence Hall; native plantings that decrease the need for irrigation, pesticides and herbicides and provide food and shelter for native wildlife; restoration and stewardship of a nine-acre tidal marsh on the campus; installation of energy efficiency measures that have saved $64,000 in electricity and natural gas costs; and purchase of 3.5 million kilowatt hours worth of Renewable Energy Certificates to offset campus carbon emissions.
In the municipal category, all three communities are taking steps to become "Green Communities" under the Green Communities Act of 2008, making them eligible for clean energy and energy efficiency grants. In addition, Somerville is on pace to reduce municipal energy consumption by 20 percent from 2006 levels; purchased four hybrid cars and several Smart Cars for the municipal fleet; installed 30 Big Belly compactors for trash collection and recycling in public areas; completed a citywide inventory of public trees in support a goal to increase the city's tree canopy by 20 percent; and is working with project developers to make the former Assembly Square mall among the most sustainable mixed-use projects in the state.
Meanwhile, Plymouth's 2020 Plan calls for powering all municipal buildings with on-site renewable sources by 2020. The town was also honored for awarding contracts for installation of two wind turbines (2 megawatts each) in 2010; benchmarking energy use for all municipal buildings; reducing School Department energy use, resulting in $2 million in savings over the last two years; and for plans to install a 1.5-megawatt solar power system on a five-acre capped landfill.
State officials recognized the town of Dedham for hiring a full-time Environmental Coordinator; conducting energy audits on two municipal buildings, resulting in implementation of numerous energy efficiency measures; recognition of Dedham Middle School as a model "green" school by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust; and EPA Energy Star certification of the Dexter School and Dedham High School.