By Bob Katzen
Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order, named “Leading by Example: Decarbonizing and Minimizing Environmental Impacts of State Government.” The order sets goals and requirements to accelerate the state’s decarbonization efforts in state agencies and public institutions of higher education with a focus on the electrification of buildings and transportation.
Provisions require all new construction at state agencies and campuses to meet stringent energy performance standards and to install high efficiency heating and cooling systems; require all state fleets to buy zero-emission vehicles starting next year; require the doubling of electric vehicle charging stations installed at state facilities by 2030; and establish specific and measurable emission reduction targets associated with building and vehicle fossil fuels consumed by state entities.
“The Leading by Example program empowers state government entities to continue leading and innovating on clean energy and energy efficiency,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This Executive Order will support these continued efforts, reduce emissions, and lead to cost savings for many of our public universities and buildings.”
“Thanks to the commitment of our public servants and state agencies, the commonwealth continues to lead by example on clean energy and climate action, helping us to achieve our ambitious emissions reduction goals,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The executive order signed by Gov. Baker will make our state government more sustainable, resilient and lead to environmental benefits in cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.”