Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., has unveiled the 2009 winners of the Leading by Example awards, which recognize Massachusetts state agencies and municipalities for using renewable power, promoting recycling and improving overall environmental quality in public facilities throughout the state.
The Leading by Example awards were established by an April 2007 executive order, under which Patrick directed agencies of state government to improve energy efficiency, promote clean energy technology and reduce their environmental impacts.
This year's winners included the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which distinguished itself through its LEED Gold certified dormitory and expected LEED-Silver rating for a new library/information commons now under construction; a 660 kW wind turbine that produces 15% of the campus electricity; and an 85 kW solar photovoltaic system producing over 95,000 kWh of electricity.
The town of Plymouth was also honored for awarding contracts for the installation of two 2 MW wind turbines in 2010. The town's 2020 plans call for powering all municipal buildings with onsite renewable sources by 2020. Plymouth also plans to install a 1.5 MW solar power system on a five-acre capped landfill.
The town of Dedham, Salem State College, , the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and the Massachusetts Trial Court also received awards.