The City of Lowell joined a distinguished group of Massachusetts state entities, municipalities, and public sector individuals at the 17th Annual Leading by Example Awards on December 4, 2023, at the Massachusetts State House.
The Leading by Example (LBE) program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance decarbonization, clean energy, and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations.
These awards celebrate policies and projects that align with Massachusetts climate and energy goals, and Lowell's commitment to sustainability has shone through. The City of Lowell, designated as a Green Community since 2010, has been a leader in municipal decarbonization for more than a decade. Over the past year, Lowell has:
- Implemented energy efficiency projects that have saved a collective 1,074,449 kWh and 68,175 therms
- Enrolled solar projects totaling nearly 1.7MW capacity into the SMART program
- Added two EV charging stations with four ports, bringing total municipally-owned ports to 66
- Partnered with UMass Lowell and National Grid in launching the first networked geothermal pilot in National Grid territory
- Developed an urban forest master plan to help address urban heat islands, and much more
We are thankful for the recognition of the City's dedication on this prestigious platform, and we will continue to strive for a more sustainable and vibrant future.