The Leading by Example (LBE) program encompasses all of Massachusetts' executive agencies, many authorities, and public institutions of higher education. These entities own 80 million square feet of buildings and thousands of vehicles, employ more than 65,000 people, and include large and small college campuses, prison complexes, hospitals, highway depots, state park visitor centers, and youth detention facilities, to name just a few.
Executive Order 484, (“Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings”), which was established in April 2007:
- set short- and long-term targets and goals to
- advance energy efficiency and clean energy
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change
- established minimum energy requirements for new construction
- required the tracking and reporting of energy data to track progress toward these goals.
Through various initiatives, LBE works to reduce the overall environmental impacts of state government operations, particularly climate and energy impacts. In addition, the LBE program promotes sustainability activities within state government, including waste reduction, water conservation, green buildings, alternative fuels, efficient transportation, and recycling.
EO 484 set the following sustainable energy targets:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from state government operations by 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, using the LBE baseline (a three year average from FY2002 to FY2004).
- Reduce overall energy consumption at state owned and leased buildings by and 35% by 2020, using FY2004 as the baseline.
- Procure 30% of agency annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.
- Require that all new construction and major renovations, effective immediately, meet the Massachusetts LEED Plus green building standard established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sustainable Design Roundtable.
The Leading by Example Program released a LBE Progress Report to highlight accomplishments and documents progress made toward the 2012 targets.
Additional Resources for Goals
The program is overseen by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F). The program is staffed by the Department of Energy Resources.
Within these two cabinet offices, various divisions and departments manage specific aspects of the program:
- The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is the Commonwealth’s energy policy office and oversees efforts to ensure deployment of all cost-effective energy efficiency measures, maximize the development of clean energy resources, ensure reliable energy supplies, minimize the relative cost of clean energy, and support Massachusetts’ clean energy companies and employment. The DOER Leading by Example Program sits within DOER and works with agencies to develop strategies and programs to support clean energy and sustainability efforts across state government.
- The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management of toxics and hazards, recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. Through participation in the Clean Energy Results Program, MassDEP advances environmental protection by promoting development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Massachusetts, in collaboration with DOER.
- The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is responsible for major capital projects at most state facilities, including new construction, major renovations, renewable energy installations, and energy efficiency projects. The agency is also responsible for ongoing maintenance and operational activities at many facilities. The DCAMM Accelerated Energy Program, initiated January 1, 2012, was a successful three year effort to initiate energy efficiency at 700 sites across 65 million square feet of state buildings over 700 days, ultimately resulting in energy savings of more than $40 million.
- The Operational Services Division (OSD) is the central procurement agency responsible for procurement of goods and services and ensuring that best value is provided to Commonwealth agencies. The Environmental Purchasing Program oversees the implementation of Executive Order #515 and
- works to incorporate environmentally preferable products and services into statewide contracts
- promotes such products to agencies and other eligible users (i.e. municipalities, public schools, other political subdivisions).
Contact Eric Friedman to be added to the Leading by Example email list.
Eric Friedman, Director
Trey Gowdy, Sustainability Project Coordinator
Chelsea Kehne, Data and Project Analyst
DOER and DCAMM provides a form for prospective vendors, helping the Commonwealth determine the applicability of innovative technologies to state facilities and operations.