Leading by Example Tools: Guidance and Tracking

The Leading by Example Program develops resources and guidance documents for state agencies, authorities, and Massachusetts public institutions of higher education to help meet and track progress towards the targets set forth in Executive Order 484.


Greenhouse Gas Reduction


Renewable Energy


  • 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 Massachusetts employees, faculty, students, and others can utilize to implement their own sustainable practices that can help reduce our collective environmental footprint



LBE provides technical assistance and connects Massachusetts state government entities with tools to measure and analyze energy and environmental data. Through LBE’s data collection efforts in collaboration with LBE Partners, participants can make smart decisions regarding energy projects, future consumption habits, and growth opportunities.

The data collected and analyzed by LBE can provide preliminary analysis on reductions in fuel oil consumption, performance of LEED buildings, business as usual scenarios for energy consumption, and more. With over ten years of fuel consumption data at state facilities, the LBE program provides insights into the Commonwealth’s fuel portfolio.

FY19 LBE Tracking Form
With the help of agencies and campuses, Leading by Example tracks energy consumption and cost data for a variety of fuel sources in the Commonwealth. Annual reporting on fiscal year energy consumption for all fuels used for an agency’s operations collected through this tracking form provides a critical piece of LBE’s data collection. The deadline for the FY19 Tracking Form is December 15, 2019. Please see FY19 LBE Tracking Form above for details.

Massachusetts Energy Insight
DOER offers web-based MassEnergyInsight as an online application that collects utility account data. Through this tool, LBE partners can develop an energy use baseline, view their greenhouse gas emissions progress, generate reports on fuel consumption, and more.

The Commonwealth Building Energy Intelligence (CBEI) program, an advanced energy metering and analytics program to reduce energy consumption and costs at state facilities is being implemented by DCAMM (with DOER collaboration). CBEI will provide state facilities with access to real-time metering, building management system integration, utility bill management and building energy analytics, enabling them to optimize day-to-day energy management, identify energy anomalies as they occur, prioritize energy projects that target under-performing buildings and identify billing errors on utility bills.

The data collection efforts of the LBE Partners provided the results for the Leading by Example: Towards Our Targets. The progress report provides information about our data collection methods, results, and analysis.