- Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces 12th Annual Leading by Example Awards
Jessica Ridlen, Communications Director, Mass DOER
Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration today recognized eight Massachusetts state agencies, public higher education institutions, municipalities, and public sector individuals for their leadership in promoting clean energy and sustainability initiatives at the 12th annual Leading by Example Awards. Awardees were honored for policies and programs that advanced or resulted in significant energy and emissions reductions, renewable energy installations, water conservation, sustainable landscaping, and a host of initiatives that reduce environmental impacts associated with state and municipal operations.
The Leading by Example (LBE) program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations. The awards were presented at a State House ceremony by DOER Commissioner Judith Judson and Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Carol Gladstone.
“Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in clean energy with the help of state and local partners like those honored today for investing in initiatives to lower emissions and reduce costs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The leadership, dedication and foresight of today’s awardees will have lasting benefits to the Commonwealth as we progress towards a cleaner, more cost effective and resilient energy future.”
“Our administration commends the Massachusetts’ colleges, municipalities and state agencies recognized today for their continued leadership in adopting sustainable and innovative measures to meet our shared goals of reducing energy use and combating climate change,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud to provide the resources they need through our Leading by Example and Green Communities programs for them to be the example and showcase the benefits of implementing clean energy technologies.”
Leading by Example efforts across state government are directly resulting in energy and environmental efficiencies and savings. Since 2007, state agencies and public higher education campuses have made significant clean energy and sustainability progress, including collectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 28%, generating 20% of electricity demand from onsite renewable and combined heat and power sources, installing 24 megawatts of solar capacity, reducing heating oil use by 84%, and installing 121 electric vehicle charging stations.
“The Commonwealth’s state and municipal partners continue to recognize clean energy achievements by implementing energy reduction and cost saving measures,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “By working together across state and local government, Massachusetts will not only meet its Global Warming Solution Act goals, but we will ensure a cleaner energy future for our residents and businesses.”
LBE Awards were presented to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in the state agency category, Salem State University and UMass Amherst Landscape Services in the public higher education category, the City of Salem and Town of Wellesley in the municipal category, and Thomas Philbin of the Town of Westwood and James Latini and his team at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Capitol Complex Operations Team in the individual categories.
“DOER is proud to partner with state and local agencies through our Leading by Example Program to provide them with the tools they need to remain on the cutting edge of clean energy innovation”, said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “These investments mean real savings – not only in emissions and energy use, but also in operational costs for municipalities, colleges and facilities.”
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of today’s awardees and the many public agencies that work hard to fulfill the Commonwealth’s commitment to energy sustainability,” said Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Carol Gladstone. “This year’s Higher Ed award winners are just two great examples of the innovation, leadership and collaboration among DCAMM, the Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Higher Education.”
State Agency Awardees
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is receiving a recognition award for a 436 kW solar canopy completed in 2018 that provides approximately 40% of the facility’s annual electricity needs – the first project of its kind at a state public safety facility in Massachusetts, the installation of Level II electric vehicle charging stations, a comprehensive energy efficiency project, use of environmentally preferable cleaning products, water conservation, and more.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is receiving a recognition award for wide-ranging energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation programs on behalf of 101 cities and towns in Metro Boston and beyond, including the Peak Demand Electricity Notification Program an advanced education and peak demand forecast initiative that saved one of the participating cities an estimated $112,000 this year, collaborating with DOER and other state agencies to advance 28 innovative hybrid vehicle upfits, educational programming, and more.
Public Higher Education Awardees
Salem State University is receiving a recognition award for clean energy and sustainability initiatives including extensive energy efficiency upgrades saving an estimated $500,000 in energy costs annually, a collaborative Sustainability Task Force, a 26% reduction in campus fleet gasoline use, switching to single-stream recycling last year, composting food waste from the dining halls, eliminating plastic bags from the campus bookstore, and more.
UMass Amherst (Landscape Services) is receiving a recognition award for sustainable landscaping and operations that includes the use of battery-powered landscape equipment, growing 80% of what is planted around campus in university greenhouses, relying on integrated pest management for campus landscapes, providing opportunities for students to create on-campus gardens for pollinators and songbirds, installation of two green roofs, reusing 8,000 landscaping pots annually, and more.
The City of Salem, designated a Green Community in 2010, is receiving a recognition award for clean energy and sustainability leadership that includes an active Sustainability, Energy, and Resiliency Committee, 27 energy efficiency projects such as LED streetlight retrofits that save an estimated 4 million kWh annually – the equivalent of removing 669 cars off the road, a new environmentally preferable buy-recycled city purchasing policy, a growing city-wide bike share program, and more.
The Town of Wellesley, designated a Green Community in 2017, is receiving a recognition award for its innovative surplus food recovery program that donates food to a local non-profit to support families in need, its active Sustainable Energy Committee, a solar initiative resulting in rooftop solar on 98 residences, reducing greenhouse gas emissions at municipal buildings over 24% in the past decade, and more.
Public Sector Individual Awardees
Thomas Philbin, Energy Manager, Town of Westwood is receiving an individual recognition award for a wide array of clean energy initiatives and broad stakeholder collaboration across the Town. As a recipient of a DOER Green Communities Energy Manager grant award, this includes efforts advancing the installation of 780 kW of solar in the town, extensive energy efficiency projects, initiating efforts for DOER Green Community designation, planning for future ‘near zero energy’ buildings, and more.
James Latini, Chief Engineer of the Massachusetts Division Capitol Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) Capitol Complex Operations Teamis receiving an individual recognition award for championing energy efficiency and energy cost savings at the state’s large capitol complex of buildings in Boston. This includes the use of advanced real-time metering, collaborating with multiple stakeholders, and implementing substantial energy efficiencies like optimizing night and weekend shutdowns saving over $111,000 in energy costs at two buildings since May 2018, and more.
“Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration and Secretary Beaton for highlighting the work of the city of Salem and Salem State University among other deserving honorees in their efforts to keep our precious environment at the forefront through green and renewable energy initiatives. These projects are a model of how responsible and forward thinking environmental concerns can be paired with a vision for future development.” – Representative Paul Tucker (D-Salem)
“I am proud that the Town of Wellesley has been recognized by the Baker-Polito Administration for its remarkable environmental and sustainability efforts, especially over the last decade. Through the hard work and persistent dedication of Wellesley’s municipal leaders and citizen volunteers, the town established a food donation program in support of families in need, started a solar energy program that has led to almost 100 homes with rooftop solar panels, and significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Congratulations to the Sustainable Energy Committee, Ellen Korpi, Laura Olton, and the many Wellesley residents and municipal employees who have been working tirelessly to effect positive change.” – Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley)
“The Town of Wellesley has shown its commitment to protecting the environment in many large and small ways,” said State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton). “This well-deserved recognition of their ongoing projects, including rooftop solar and food recovery, will help other cities and towns improve their efforts as well.”
“With global carbon emissions reaching a record high in 2018, the Commonwealth must set a new standard in terms of supporting sustainability,” said Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “I am pleased to see both the City of Salem and Salem State University receive recognition for their green initiatives. I hope their examples will serve as models for other Massachusetts municipalities and educational institutions.”
Since taking office, the Baker-Polito Administration has invested over $10.7 million in grant funding through the Leading by Example program to state agencies and higher education institutions to advance clean energy efforts.