- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Recognizes State and Municipal Entities for Leading by Example in Energy and Environmental Efforts
Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration today recognized state and municipal entities at the 9th Annual Leading By Example (LBE) Awards Ceremony for significant and innovative leadership in reducing energy and emissions, increasing deployment of renewable energy and alternative transportation opportunities, and implementing a host of other sustainable measures at their facilities.
Leading by Example awards were presented to two agencies: the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) and the Clean Energy Partnership for Wastewater and Drinking Water Facilities; two public higher education institutions: the University of Massachusetts Boston and Worcester State University; two municipalities: Belmont Light and the Town of Kingston; and one individual and a group of individuals: Martha Grover of Melrose and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staffers Stephen Brown, Yvonne Jones, and Raul Silva.
“The Massachusetts municipalities and state agencies recognized today are energy and sustainability leaders,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These organizations are taking their energy needs into their own hands and are reducing emissions, supporting the economy and setting examples for others to follow.”
“Public agencies, cities and towns are providing the leadership and delivering the results the Commonwealth needs to meet our energy, environmental and economic goals,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The winners of the Leading by Example awards have made tremendous progress towards reducing energy use, increasing renewable energy generation and saving money for the residents of Massachusetts.”
“Each of today’s awardees has shown commitment, applied innovation, and delivered results to help meet the Commonwealth’s energy and climate goals,” said Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Judith Judson. “We applaud the award winners’ leadership in keeping Massachusetts on the road to a clean affordable and resilient energy future.”
“The Commonwealth has made extraordinary progress across all state agencies and in its municipalities,” said Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) Commissioner Carol Gladstone. “It is only through the cooperation and collaboration of the dedicated agencies, cities and towns such as those we are recognizing today, that our collective efforts will continue to deliver strong results.”
The Massachusetts State College Building Authority received an award for its sustainable portfolio of dormitories and other public higher education buildings. With the construction of 14 LEED certified buildings across 8 campuses, 10 renewable energy systems, and a zero net energy study, the MSCBA is utilizing innovative strategies and technologies to reduce the environmental impact of nearly 40,000 Massachusetts college students.
The Clean Energy Partnership for Wastewater and Drinking Water Facilities (a multi-agency collaboration between the Department of Environmental Protection, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Energy Resources, and the Environmental Protection Agency Region 1), was recognized for addressing the energy use, costs, greenhouse emissions, and the air and water quality tradeoffs in wastewater and drinking water operations. Approximately one-third of the state’s 250 drinking water and 120 wastewater municipal facilities or districts have participated in the Partnership’s programs, increasing on-site clean energy generation an estimated 170 percent and saving over $35 million since 2007.
Worcester State University was recognized for its broad sustainability efforts, which include a campus-wide transition to LED light bulbs that will save over 271,000 kWh and $40,000 dollars annually; installation of its first EV charging stations this summer; 2 LEED-Gold designed residence halls, and a 33 percent recycling rate. The campus also runs an award winning composting program and hosts a Sustainability and Food Fair which now attracts over 1,000 people over two days.
UMass Boston was recognized for incorporating sustainability as a leading principle in its 25-year master plan, plus playing a major role in regional climate preparedness and resilience efforts through academics, research, and operations, The campus has also installed a 74kW solar PV system, is seeking LEED silver certification for their new science center, and manages a host of sustainable dining programs, including offering local and organic foods for students, composting 100 tons of food waste, and using biodegradable plates and trays in the campus center dining hall.
The Town of Kingston, designated a Green Community in 2010, was recognized for its comprehensive clean energy and energy efficiency efforts. This includes implementing more than $750,000 in energy upgrades that save over $163,000 annually and reduce the town’s annual electricity consumption by 713,705 kWh. Kingston has also established a Renewable Energy Grant and Loan Program that has granted $55,972 to Kingston residents to date for energy improvements on their homes.
Belmont Light, the town’s community-owned utility, was recognized for its wide range of energy efficiency programs. Over 1 in 5 Belmont homes have participated in an energy efficiency program, including the Belmont Light Energy Grant Program that provides valuable weatherization reviews and incentives to residents, a town-wide thermal imaging program, and a summer peak electricity demand response program that resulted in 10-15 percent in usage during peak periods for participants.
Martha Grover, Melrose Energy Efficiency Manager, was recognized for leading and supporting clean energy and energy efficiency projects in her community. Her contributions include leading efforts for energy projects at Melrose’s middle and high schools that have saved $50,000 to date, leading the city’s ongoing efforts to retrofit over 3,000 streetlights to LEDs, and playing a key role in the city’s Green Communities implementation and reporting.
Stephen Brown, Raul Silva, and Yvonne Jones of the Department of Conservation and Recreation were recognized for playing key roles in DCR’s energy and environmental initiatives. The team has worked across many internal and external agencies to develop a comprehensive outdoor lighting retrofit program that will install 4,500 LED lights at DCR facilities, which are expected to save an estimated $500,000 annually and reduce electricity consumption by nearly 3 million kWh annually. The team has also identified numerous opportunities for renewable thermal installations like pellet boilers and high efficiency heat pumps across multiple DCR sites, and has played a crucial role in collaborating with DCAMM to implement efficiency efforts through the Accelerated Energy Program across 200 DCR sites, which will reduce energy costs by $1 million annually.
“I am proud of Kingston’s early leadership as a Green Community,” said State Representative Tom Calter (D-Kingston). “The Town has implemented a wide array of clean and energy efficient projects that have helped it reduce emissions and energy consumption, while saving the town money and creating revenue for a loan and grant program to assist its residents in making energy improvements to their homes.”
“It's great to see this recognition of Belmont Light's important efforts to combat climate change and provide more reliable power,” said State Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Belmont). “These efforts reflect successful collaboration with citizens.”
“Belmont Light’s proactive work on energy efficiency has yielded an exemplary program in which over 20% of Belmont homes have participated,” said State Representative David Rogers (D-Cambridge). “Belmont Light's energy efficiency approaches include a thermal imaging program, a summer peak electricity demand response program, and weatherization reviews, grants, and incentives, all of which make Belmont Light’s receipt of a 2015 Leading by Example award a well-deserved recognition.”
Over the past several years, Leading by Example efforts at agencies and municipalities have led to significant impacts and savings. The Commonwealth has seen an increase in the amount of installed solar PV at state facilities from less than 100kW in 2007 to more than 13MW in 2015, reduced its use of fuel oil at state facilities by 17 million gallons or 72 percent since 2006, and has constructed 39 LEED certified buildings, 27 of which are at the Gold and Platinum levels.
There are now 136 municipalities that have been designated as Green Communities, all of which are working to maximize energy efficiency in public buildings, including schools, town halls, public libraries, public works and public safety buildings, generate clean energy from renewable sources, and manage rising energy costs. To date, these communities have implemented more than 970 clean energy projects at municipal facilities, resulting in projected annual cost savings of $5.9 million and energy savings equivalent to the amount used by more than 1,500 homes.