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Boston — At a State House ceremony on November 30, 2017, the Department of Fish and Game was recognized for its leadership in promoting clean energy and environmental initiatives with the Commonwealth’s 11th annual Leading by Example Awards. Eight awardees from state agencies, public colleges, municipalities, and public sector individuals were honored for policies and programs that created significant energy and emissions reductions, renewable energy installations, water conservation, and the implementation of sustainability initiatives that reduce the environmental impacts of state and municipal operations. Leading by Example (LBE) is an office of the Department of Energy Resources coordinating clean energy and environmental opportunities at facilities owned and operated by the Commonwealth.
The award recognized DFG’s energy saving projects at several facilities including MassWildlife’s McLaughlin Hatchery in Belchertown, the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Shellfish Purification Plant in Newburyport, and MassWildlife's Field Headquarters in Westborough which has an innovative zero net energy design. Also acknowledged were its partnership efforts with MassDOT, DCR, Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health and Mass Audubon to create pollinator-friendly habitats, land conservation and management programs.
“The Department of Fish and Game is proud to be recognized with the Leading by Example award for our efforts in promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy production, and conservation of water and open space,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ron Amidon. “We are also very grateful for the technical and financial assistance provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Energy Resources that informs and supports these endeavors.”