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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces 14th Annual Leading by Example Awards

Recognitions Honor State and Municipal Leaders for Clean Energy Efforts
For immediate release:
12/18/2020
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces 14th Annual Leading by Example Awards

Eric Noreen

BostonThe Baker-Polito Administration today recognized eight Massachusetts state agencies, public higher education institutions, municipalities, and public sector individuals for their leadership in promoting initiatives that lower energy costs and reduce environmental impacts at the 14th annual Leading by Example Awards. Awardees were honored for policies and programs that advanced substantial energy and emissions reductions, sustainable landscaping practices, renewable energy installations, energy efficiency, waste minimization, electric vehicle infrastructure, and a host of initiatives that reduce environmental impacts and costs for state and municipal operations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s award ceremony was held virtually.

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. Cities and towns across the Commonwealth receive similar support and grant funding through DOER’s Green Communities Division. The awards were presented by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Undersecretary Judy Chang, DOER Commissioner Patrick Woodcock, and Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) Commissioner Carol Gladstone.

“Our state agencies, schools, and municipalities are making tremendous efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs and I’m proud to recognize their consistent, meaningful work today,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I commend the awardees recognized today for their commitment to making the Commonwealth a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable place to live.”

“Massachusetts remains a national leader in clean energy and energy efficiency because of the efforts of state and local leaders who work tirelessly to put climate change at the forefront of their work,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Whether it’s installing a solar array on a closed landfill, or expanding electric vehicle charging, these individual and group efforts help to advance the state towards our ambitious climate and energy goals.”

Through the Leading by Example program state entities have collectively reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 35% from a 2004 baseline, installed more than 28 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity on state lands, reduced heating oil use by 85%, eliminating use of more than 18 million gallons of fuel, installed 225 electric vehicle charging stations, and created and maintained more than 277 acres of pollinator-friendly habitats on state properties. Since 2014, 18 solar projects totaling 14.5 MW of capacity have been installed at state facilities. These installations are expected to produce approximately 19 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity annually. Beyond contributing to regional greenhouse gas emissions reductions, this solar generation will result in an estimated $34 million in benefits to these agencies and campuses over 20 years.

“The Leading by Example program and the awardees honored today are doing critical work to make state government more energy efficient and sustainable,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “These ongoing collaborative efforts with institutional leaders at the state and local level significantly contribute to the Baker-Polito Administration’s goal of a cleaner, more reliable, and equitable energy future.”

“The LBE program serves as a reliable and trusted resource for individuals and institutions in the public sector who are looking to make a positive impact on our environment,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “These awardees honored today along with the dedicated staff from LBE deserve immense credit for working to transform policy into action through collaborative partnerships and innovative best practices to become more sustainable at a state and local level.”

“It is inspiring to see the commitment to a more sustainable future across all state agencies,” said Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Carol Gladstone. “This year’s winners demonstrate how this commitment becomes real across a range of facility and operational issues. We applaud their innovation and leadership.”

State Agency Awardees

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division is receiving a recognition award for its work supporting Leading by Example initiatives being enacted by 35 municipal airports across the Commonweatlh, including replacing airfield lights with solar-powered LED lights at Mansfield and Pittsfield Airports, installing a 25kW solar carport and EV charging stations at Turners Falls airfield, providing over 65 pieces of battery-powered landscape equipment to ten airports, and more.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services Facilities Team is receiving a recognition award for its leadership and collaborative efforts with DCAMM and DOER to expand clean energy and sustainability efforts across nearly 7 million sq ft of buildings, including construction of a highly energy efficient building at Chelsea Soldier’s Home, creating a pollinator habitat at Taunton State Hospital, and supporting ongoing energy projects across 26 facilities that are leading to significant electricity and fuel savings, including elimination of oil use at Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children, and more.

Public Higher Education Awardees

Fitchburg State University is receiving a recognition award for a number of sustainability efforts across campus, including completion of an extensive energy project with DCAMM resulting in elimination of #6 oil combustion on campus and an expected $9 million in lifetime energy cost savings, achieving LEED Silver Certification for three buildings, comprehensive recycling and waste diversion programs resulting in over 40% of food waste being diverted, installing their first EV charging station in 2019, and more.

UMass Medical School is receiving a recognition award for its ongoing leadership in energy and emissions reduction efforts, including expansion of a highly efficient combined heat and power system, achieving LEED Silver certification in two buildings and LEED Gold certification in one, completion of a retro commissioning project at the Lazarre Research Building resulting in a reduction of 2.8 million kWh and 172,000 therms of natural gas, installation of 14 EV charging stations with another 18 to be installed soon, and many more.

Municipal Awardees

The City of Woburn, designated a Green Community in 2011, is receiving a recognition award for completing more than 40 extensive energy projects over the last decade, including replacing thousands of street lights with LEDs, replacing oil boilers with air source heat pumps at its Senior Center, installing over 600 kW of rooftop solar across four schools and a 3.4 MW array on a closed landfill, procuring battery-electric and hybrid vehicles for its fleet, and more.

The Town of Egremont, designated a Green Community in 2016, is receiving a recognition award for several clean energy and sustainability initiatives enacted in recent years, including achieving significant Municipal Solid Waste reduction and diversion through extensive public engagement efforts, procuring 24% of the town’s electricity from renewable sources, installing 33kW of solar to meet 40% of municipal building electricity demand, and more.

Public Sector Individual Awardees

Larry Sullivan, member of the Town of Norfolk Energy Committee, is receiving an individual recognition award for his commitment to forwarding energy projects across the Town, namely  through his leadership in getting the Stretch Code adopted by the Town, paving the way for Norfolk to become a Green Community and securing associated funding, and supporting implementation of energy efficiency projects across several municipal facilities.

Paul Antoniewicz, Facilities Manager for the Massachusetts Trial Courts, is receiving an individual recognition award for his collaborative efforts with DCAMM to support energy and water efficiency projects across the Trial Courts, most notably by being an early adopter of the

Commonwealth Energy Intelligence System, using real-time metering data to adjust operations at the Trial Courts, leading to over $70,000 in annual energy cost savings.

“Egremont has shown a continued commitment through the years to a cleaner, more sustainable future by increasing their renewable sources considerably and solar capabilities,” said State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D-Pittsfield). Egremont shows that moving toward a sustainable future begins in our neighborhoods and local communities.” 

“The outstanding efforts demonstrated in the works of the individuals are to be commended. They are extremely deserving of this honor for their contributions in reducing energy, environmental impacts, and operating costs,” said State Senator Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton). “Through his outstanding work, Paul Antoniewicz exemplifies the creative leadership needed in utilizing innovative strategies for the benefit of the Commonwealth and beyond.” 

“As we strive for a cleaner, more sustainable Commonwealth we have to make changes in terms of how we live and how we work,” said State Representative Bill Driscoll Jr. (D-Milton). “Paul Antoniewicz is an outstanding role model for all of us in the 7th Norfolk District, and we are all very proud of him and grateful for his commitment to energy and water efficiency.”

Since taking office, the Baker-Polito Administration has invested over $12.6 million in grant funding through the Leading by Example program to state agencies and higher education institutions to advance clean energy efforts. Since 2010, DOER has awarded over $136 million to Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants which help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy projects and energy efficiency measures.

On April 22, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration issued its formal determination letter establishing net zero GHG emissions as the Commonwealth’s legal emissions limit for 2050.  Governor Baker announced the new net zero target during his State of the Commonwealth address in January, 2020. To determine how best to achieve this emissions limit, the Administration launched its 2050 Roadmap, a nation-leading quantitative and qualitative planning effort that will chart multiple technical and policy pathways by which the Commonwealth can equitably and cost-effectively achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and will conclude with the publication of a long-range 2050 Roadmap report by the end of this year. The state’s 2050 Roadmap analysis will directly inform the state’s 2030 emissions limit, which will be set at the end of this year together with the publication of a second report, the 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan, detailing the Commonwealth’s plan to achieve that limit. In an effort to take bold action to address the Commonwealth’s climate impact, the Administration has, to date, secured 9,450,000 MWh of hydroelectric energy and 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy. In 2018, following a report by the Department of Energy Resources that found additional procurements of offshore wind would benefit the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration increased the state’s overall offshore wind commitment to 3200 MW by 2035

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces 14th Annual Leading by Example Awards

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