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Leading by Example Recognition Awards

The LBE Awards recognize outstanding efforts among Commonwealth agencies, public colleges and universities, and municipalities that have implemented policies and programs that have led to significant and measurable environmental and energy benefits.

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LBE Awards with images of past winners


Up to eight (8) award winners are selected for recognition every year, divided among two categories. Six (6) awards are presented in the Public Entity category and two (2) are awarded in the Individual category.

Public Entity Awards:

  • State agencies, authorities, public colleges and universities, and/or their individual departments or facilities
  • Municipalities and/or individual municipal departments, municipal or regional public schools, public school districts, regional planning commissions or other regional public entities working with municipalities, and public purchasing cooperatives.

Individual Awards:

  • Individuals employed by or volunteering for any of the above eligible entities

2021 LBE Award Nomination Forms

The 2021 Leading by Example Recognition Awards will be held in December (date, time, and venue TBD). The nomination process and relevant application forms are outlined below, and this LBE Awards 2021 Nomination Process Flyer.

Individual Category

Individual awards will be presented to up to one state government employee or volunteer and up to one municipal employee or volunteer

»Access the Individual Nomination Form here.«

Nomination forms for the Individual Category can be downloaded here. Nominations must be submitted to by COB Friday, October 22nd.

Public Entity Category

Public Entity awards will be presented to up to two state agencies, up to two public colleges/universities, and up to two municipalities

NEW in 2021: To streamline applications for public entities, the nomination process is divided into two phases:

Phase 1: Nominee Expression of Interest (Optional)

State entities, municipalities, and individuals interested in applying for a 2021 LBE Award are highly encouraged to complete an Express Interest Form. After review by DOER Staff, strong candidates will be encouraged to submit a full Nomination Form (Phase 2). 

»Access the Nominee Express Interest Form (Phase 1) here.«

Nominee Express Interest Forms must be submitted by COB Friday, September 24th

Phase 2: Full LBE Award Nomination Form

LBE staff will review submissions from Phase 1 and encourage strong candidates to complete Phase 2. However, state entities and municipalities may complete a Full LBE Award Nomination Form at any time, with or without completion of a Nominee Express Interest Form. 

»Access the full Public Entity Nomination Form (Phase 2) here

LBE Award Nomination Forms must be submitted via email to by COB Friday, October 22nd

Additional Resources

Award Recipients: 2020

The 2020 LBE Award ceremony, held virtually on December 18th, 2020, highlighted a variety of innovative public sector sustainability efforts. Awards were presented to:

  • MassDOT Aeronautics Division
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services Facilities
  • UMass Medical School
  • Fitchburg State University
  • City of Woburn
  • Town of Worcester
  • Larry Sullivan, Town of Norfolk
  • Paul Antoniewicz, Trial Courts

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A full list of winners since 2007 can be found under "Additional Resources" below.

Additional Resources