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Leading by Example Tools and Resources

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

  • FY21 LBE Tracking Form! ⇒ The annual LBE tracking form is intended to facilitate partner progress reporting across a variety of energy and non-energy metrics. Please reach out to Chelsea Kehne at with any questions or issues with the form. 
  • 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

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).
  • LBE Guidance: Liquid Biofuels for Building Heat via ENE52 ⇒ Executive Order 594 states: “all agencies still utilizing heating oil as of July 1, 2021, shall ensure that any heating oil product purchased shall consist of at least 10% biofuels (i.e., B10)." This 1-pager describes how Statewide Contract ENE52 can be used by state facilities to procure such biofuels.


  • 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.
  • Ask the Experts 9.22.21 EVs and EVSE ⇒ These slides, presented during Climate Week, September 2021, provide an overview of current and upcoming EV models, grants and funding resources, and links to helpful guidance documents and relevant statewide contracts.

Renewables and Clean Energy Resources

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

  • DOER Clean Heating and Cooling ⇒ The DOER Renewable Energy Division has compiled introductory information on clean heating and cooling technologies, as well as incentives for residential, business, and government operations. 
  • DOER Energy Efficiency Resources and Tools ⇒ The DOER Energy Efficiency Division has compiled resources for energy practitioners, businesses, and more to help entities learn best practices and access fiscal and technical assistance. 
  • LBE Ask the Experts 9.21.21 - Demand Response ⇒ These slides, presented during Climate Week, September 2021, provide an overview of how demand charges work, strategies to reduce demand, and incentive programs available to entities that reduce demand during peak periods.

Sustainable Landscaping

Pollinator Habitats

Battery-Powered Landscape Equipment

Other Sustainability

  • EPP Program - Environmentally Preferable Products and Services on Statewide Contracts ⇒ The Operational Services Division's EPP program offers thousands of environmentally preferable products and services on statewide contracts. This website includes summaries of these offerings and links to relevant contracts.

  • 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.

Funding and Financing

  • Clean Energy Funding Opportunities ⇒ This resource, developed in November 2021, illustrates some of the clean energy funding opportunities that may be available for state facilities and fleets. Categories include electric vehicles and charging stations, solar PV and renewable thermal, and building energy efficiency incentives. Web links to relevant resources are included.