Massachusetts Executive Order 484 and the Leading By Example Council
Established in the spring of 2007, Executive Order 484- Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings was signed into effect. This gathered together various representatives from executive agencies in the state to address energy efficiency and sustainability. These entities own 80 million square feet of buildings and thousands of vehicles, employ more than 65,000 people, and include large and small college campuses, prison complexes, hospitals, highway depots, state park visitor centers and youth detention facilities, to name just a few. UMass Lowell has been an active member of this group since its establishment.
Through various initiatives, Leading By Example (LBE) works to reduce the overall environmental impacts of state government operations, particularly climate and energy impacts. In addition, the LBE program promotes sustainability activities within state government, including waste reduction, water conservation, green buildings, alternative fuels, efficient transportation, and recycling.
EO 484 set aggressive sustainable energy targets for the Commonwealth including:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from state government operations by 40 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, using the LBE baseline (a three year average from FY2002 to FY2004).
- Reduce overall energy consumption at state owned and leased buildings by and 35 percent by 2020, using FY2004 as the baseline.
- Procure 30 percent of agency annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.
- Require that all new construction and major renovations, effective immediately, meet the Massachusetts LEED Plus green building standard established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sustainable Design Roundtable.