Sustainability at State Facilities: Projects and Headlines

Explore and learn more about the wide array of clean energy and sustainability projects completed at state agencies and public institutes of higher education around the Commonwealth.

State agencies, authorities, and public institutes of higher education are advancing a wide array of clean energy and sustainability efforts at their respective facilities, including clean energy systems, creating pollinator habitats, designing and constructing LEED buildings, and more. This page is meant to highlight some of these projects.

Additional information about agency and campus sustainability programs can be found on their respective websites, compiled on the Leading By Example Links page.

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Sustainability Projects Interactive Map

The Leading by Example Interactive Map includes clean energy and sustainability initiatives completed at state facilities across the Commonwealth. Although we have done our best to include completed projects in the categories listed in the map, please let LBE's Ryan Kingston know if you have information on a project that is not included in the map (Ryan.Kingston@mass.gov). 

To filter initiatives, view in full screen, and unlock the full interactive elements of the map, click the box on the top right corner of the map.

While this map includes many key projects at state facilities, it is not inclusive of all sustainability efforts, including extensive energy projects and battery storage installations. LBE will continue to work to include additional categories.

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State Facility Sustainability Project Database

Home page of the LBE sustainability project database

The project database includes lists of projects at state facilities that users can filter by desired traits

The LBE Sustainability Project Database lists energy and sustainability projects completed at state entities. Projects can be filtered by key attributes such as site type, installation size, and year completed. Users are encouraged to explore this database to identify efforts they may wish to replicate and facilities they may wish to connect with to share lessons learned.

If additional information or contacts are needed for a particular project, or if you have projects to add, please reach out to Ryan.Kingston@mass.gov.

Download the Project Database (excel file) here: LBE Sustainability Project Database 10.12.21

Countdown to 100 LEED-Certified Buildings

The state building portfolio is approaching 100 LEED-certified buildings! As the state approaches this milestone, LBE is releasing a series of one-pages highlighting some of the sustainability features of state buildings that have recently achieved LEED Certification. Included are websites to respective state agency sustainability websites.

Sustainability Stories and Headlines

The Leading by Example program highlights the work of state agencies and public institutes of higher education through press releases, one-page featurettes, and public events. A collection of recent stories and features are below, starting with the most recent. This section is updated regularly. If your entity has a press release, blog, case study, or other story they would like to share with LBE partners, please contact Ryan.Kingston@mass.gov

Baker-Polito Administration Joins UMass Amherst to Celebrate Clean Energy Projects - Governor Charlie Baker, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Patrick Woodcock joined with University of Massachusetts (UMass) President Marty Meehan and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy for a ribbon cutting at a recently completed solar canopy and battery storage system, as well as to highlight clean energy projects at the campus. To support the project, the 4-megawatt solar canopy and battery storage system was awarded a $1.1 million grant from DOER through its Leading by Example Program. 

On Earth Day, UMass Amherst unveils major renewable energy overhaulOn Earth Day, UMass Amherst officials announced their pledge to reach 100% renewable power within about a decade. The university system’s 1,500-acre flagship campus — which is responsible for ~20 percent of emissions from state government-owned buildings — plans to retire their gas CHP plant in the coming years and convert the campus’s heating infrastructure to geothermal power. The campus will also use heat pumps, as well as heat recovery chillers which provide both heating and cooling.

MassPort Announces Goal to be Net Zero by 2031 - The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Roadmap to Net Zero focuses on 100% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions directly controlled by Massport-owned facilities, equipment, and purchased electricity, with continued influence in areas the Authority does not control. The plan outlines the steps Massport will take to reduce emissions within the decade, directly benefitting neighboring communities and further preparing the Authority for the impacts of climate change.

UMass Chan Medical School Releases Five-Year Sustainability and Climate Action Plan - With ambitious goals and specific initiatives to make progress toward those goals, the UMass Chan Medical School Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for 2021-2026 is now complete and ready for implementation. The plan has four areas of focus: Transportation; Buildings and energy; Grounds and water management; Materials and resource management

Massachusetts to test highway barriers that absorb sound and solar energy - MassDOT received a $345,000 LBE solar grant to partially fund a pilot project aimed at installing solar panels on highway sound barriers. This installation will be the first of its kind in the United States.

To see stories and features from previous months and years, please visit the LBE Stories Archive page.

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