Leading by Example Awards

The 2009 Leading by Example Awards were presented recently by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The awards recognize outstanding efforts among Commonwealth agencies, public higher education institutions, and municipalities that have established and implemented policies and programs resulting in significant and demonstrable environmental benefits.

The 2009 Leading by Example Awards were presented recently by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The awards recognize outstanding efforts among Commonwealth agencies, public higher education institutions, and municipalities that have established and implemented policies and programs resulting in significant and demonstrable environmental benefits. 
The 2009 LBE award winners are:
State Agencies
The Mass.  Dept. of Environmental Protection has taken several actions to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste agency-wide including installing efficient lighting and occupancy sensors; implementing computer management that powers down computers during inactive periods; recycling tons of paper, cardboard cans and bottles; reducing the agency’s vehicle fleet, which is currently comprised of 20% hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles; and major renovation of a Wall Experiment Station which is on track to achieve LEED-Gold certification. 
The Massachusetts Trial Court is demonstrating energy efficiency leadership across the state by decreasing energy demand and saving money. In FY08, the Court reduced electricity consumption, natural gas, and water. Single-stream recycling has been instituted across all facilities and the Green Team works to promote environmental and energy awareness among all employees. 
Public Higher Education
Massachusetts Maritime Academy achieved a LEED-Gold certified dormitory and is on track to receive a LEED-Silver rating for a new library/information commons now under construction. MMA is home to a 660-kW wind turbine an 85-kW solar photovoltaic system, and a combined heat and power system for the Academy’s dorm complex. In addition, a range of water conservation measures have been instituted. 
Salem State College has re-used and adapted two buildings and restored a marsh. The campus has achieved Mass LEED-Plus for its Interim Library, installed a 68-kW solar array at its Central Residence Hall, and has utilized native plantings to decrease the need for irrigation, pesticides, and herbicides. The College implemented energy efficiency measures and purchased 3.5 million kWh worth of Renewable Energy Certificates to offset campus carbon emissions. 
Municipalities
The City of Somerville is now on target to reduce municipal energy consumption by 20% from 2006 levels. The City has completed a GHG emissions inventory, establishing a baseline for the Somerville Climate Action Plan. Somerville’s fleet includes four hybrid cars and several Smart Cars as well as a 5% biofuel blend for diesel vehicles. The City installed two solar PV arrays (13-kW and 34-kW) on schools, with three additional installations in the pipeline totaling 
35-kW. 30 BigBelly Solar trash collectors for waste and recycling have been installed in public areas. Somerville recently completed a citywide inventory of public trees in support of the Mayor’s goal to increase the City’s tree canopy. 
The Town of Plymouth developed a “2020 Plan” that calls for powering all municipal buildings with on-site renewable sour ces by 2020. Toward that end, the Town has awarded contracts for two 2 MW wind turbines to be installed and has approved a plan for a 1.5 MW solar field on capped landfill. Plymouth has benchmarked energy use for all municipal buildings and has completed multiple building retrofits. Plymouth School Department has reduced energy use, resulting in $2 million in savings over the last two years. 
The Town of Dedham has committed to comprehensive sustainability initiatives by conducting energy audits on municipal buildings, implementation of numerous energy efficiency measures, completing a GHG emissions baseline, and instituting single-stream recycling. Dedham Middle School is recognized as a model “green” school and the Dexter School and Dedham High School have achieved EPA EnergyStar certification.