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Leading by Example Tools and Guides

The Leading by Example Program develops resources and guidance documents for Massachusetts state agencies, authorities, and public institutions of higher education to help meet and track progress towards the targets set forth in Executive Order 594.

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

Tracking Tools

  • 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.

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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.

Sustainable Landscaping

Pollinator Habitats

Battery-Powered Landscape Equipment

General Sustainability

  • 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.