On November 30, 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration recognized eight Massachusetts state agencies, public colleges, municipalities, and public sector individuals for their leadership in promoting clean energy and environmental initiatives with the 11th annual Leading by Example Awards. Awardees were honored for policies and programs that created significant energy and emissions reductions, renewable energy installations, water conservation, and the implementation of sustainability initiatives that reduce the environmental impacts of state and municipal operations.
"Massachusetts continues to make historic advances in adopting clean energy and reducing emissions because of the commitment of our partners across state and local government," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The innovations and progress made by today's award recipients will have positive effects on the Commonwealth for generations to come."
Roxbury Community College received a recognition award for the completion of a 'tri-level' energy project on campus this year that includes a 937kW solar canopy, electric vehicle charging stations, geothermal wells under the parking lot, and the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products.
Dr. Valerie Roberson accepted the award on behalf of Roxbury Community College. "I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Roxbury Community College," said Dr. Roberson. "Our recent energy project is already benefitting our campus; and, I look forward to launching our Smart Building Technology Program, which is made possible because of our energy project, in the near future."
At the ceremony, Dr. Roberson was joined by senior administrators from Roxbury Community College, including Vice President of Administration & Finance Kevin Hepner, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Cecile Regner, and Vice President of Advancement and Community. Members of the state legislature were also on-hand to celebrate RCC's success in the field of clean energy.
"I applaud Roxbury Community College for implementing such an innovative and forward-thinking capital project," said State Representative Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain). "Installing this tri-level energy project has promoted good-paying Massachusetts clean energy jobs, and it will facilitate significant taxpayer savings by reducing the college's energy costs."
"I want to congratulate Roxbury Community College for the creative and innovative installations of an award-winning project that will power the institution for many years to come," said State Representative Russell Holmes (D-Mattapan).
To read the full release and to learn more about all of the award winners, click here.
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