This page lists tools and resources developed by the Leading by Example program to support state entities with efforts related to tracking greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to clean transportation technologies, adopting sustainable landscaping practices, and partaking in general sustainability efforts. Additional resources developed or administered by other agencies can be found on the associated Priorities and Efforts pages.
- Massachusetts Energy Insight ⇒ This tool allows LBE partners to view past energy use, view GHG emissions progress, generate reports on energy consumption, and more.
- Commonwealth Energy Intelligence System ⇒ This program, managed by DCAMM, provides state facilities with access to real-time metering, building management system integration, utility bill management and building energy analytics.
For any questions on LBE Tracking tools, please contact Chelsea.Kehne@mass.gov.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction
- LBE GHG Emissions Calculator ⇒ This calculator translates energy units, such as electricity, oil, and natural gas, into GHG emissions and social math (eg, emissions equivalent to number of cars on the road).
- FY21 Vehicle Request and Fuel Efficiency Calculator ⇒ This calculator is designed to assist agencies when making vehicle acquisition decisions to ensure purchases comply with the FES. Detailed instructions are included.
- VEH102 Technologies to Green Your Fleet ⇒ This two-pager developed by the Operational Services Division outlines services and technologies available on state contract VEH102 related to electric vehicle charging, as well as links to funding sources, contacts, and contract user guides.
- Quick Guide: LBE Electric Vehicles⇒ This two-page 'quick guide' includes introductory information on electric vehicle types, incentives available for state entities, and procurement resources.
- Quick Guide: LBE EV Charging ⇒ This three-page 'quick guide' contains information on EV charging station types, use cases, important considerations for state facilities, procurement resources, and incentive programs.
- MassEVolves and Leading By Example have partnered to issue a 2021 Electric Vehicle Purchase Challenge. This voluntary challenge spotlights new electric vehicle (EV) acquisitions for fleets, offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership, and helps state entities gain additional recognition for on-the-ground efforts to reduce environmental impacts. Up for the Challenge? Click here to learn more.
- Pollinator Landscapes at State Facilities Guiding Framework ⇒ Includes an overview of the importance of pollinator habitats, benefits of converting traditional lawns to habitat, and strategies state agencies have undertaken to create these habitats on their lands.
- Lawn to Pollinator Habitat Savings Calculator ⇒ Designed to provide high-level estimates of potential cost savings, labor savings, and greenhouse gas emission reductions associated with converting lawns into pollinator-focused habitats.
- Growing Wild for Pollinators Signs ⇒ Signage can help educate the public and show intentionality of limited-mow zones and wildflower meadows. The Growing Wild for Pollinators walk by sign includes descriptive text, and the Growing Wild for Pollinators drive by sign simply states "Growing Wild for Pollinators" in large text. Contact Ryan.Kingston@mass.gov if you are interested in obtaining one of these signs for your site.
- Additional Pollinator Habitat Info and Resources ⇒ Includes websites and resources related to creating and maintaining pollinator habitats in the Northeast US.
Battery-Powered Landscape Equipment
- Commercial Battery-Powered Electric Lawn and Garden Equipment Calculator ⇒ Compares the fiscal and environmental costs and benefits between commercial battery-powered landscape equipment and traditional gasoline-powered landscape equipment.
- Battery-powered landscaping equipment for state facilities ⇒ This two page infographic outlines the benefits of BPLE, lists the equipment available on state on contract and state facilities using the equipment, and steps facilities can take to procure this equipment.
- OSD's Environmentally Preferable Products Program: Commercial BPLE ⇒ OSD's EPP program page contains information on statewide contracts and additional tools and resources to support state facility adoption of battery-powered landscaping equipment.
- LBE Sustainability at Home ⇒ A 1-pager outlining resources and incentives available to help individuals reduce their energy and environmental footprint at home. Resources include quick hits, transportation, heating and cooling, solar, sustainable landscaping, and waste diversion
- 10 Green Office Tips ⇒ A list of 10 things Massachusetts state and public higher education offices can do to reduce environmental impact and costs.
- 10 Sustainability Resources and Programs in MA ⇒ A list of 10 resources and program across an array of topic areas that can help MA employees, faculty, students, and others reduce their overall environmental footpring.
- Paper Reduction Guide ⇒ Instructions on two quick strategies to reduce office paper use and costs.