McKee Administration recognizes clean energy achievements across public sector at 5th Annual Lead by Example Awards

PROVIDENCE, RI – The McKee Administration has recognized 26 state and quasi-government agencies, municipalities, and public schools for their renewable energy and energy efficiency achievements at its Fifth Annual Lead by Example Clean Energy Awards ceremony.

In 2021, Governor Dan McKee signed into law the Act on Climate, which sets mandatory, enforceable climate emissions reduction goals leading the state to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. The Administration’s “Lead by Example” program, led by the Office of Energy Resources, is working to reduce public sector energy consumption and costs through the adoption of clean energy solutions, such as energy efficiency, renewables, electric vehicles, and clean heating alternatives. These investments are shrinking carbon footprints across state and local governments, reducing operating costs, and supporting clean energy jobs.

“Thank you to all our nominees and winners for your efforts to make our public sector greener,” said Governor Dan McKee. “The Lead by Example program is a great example of how Rhode Island is leading the nation in driving toward a more sustainable future, with a goal of net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. Through this effort, public sector entities are reducing their operating and maintenance costs, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting the local clean energy economy.”

The Lead by Example Program works with public sector entities to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy costs across Rhode Island. The work done by State and municipal employees often goes unheralded but is a critical tool in addressing public sector energy burdens across government.

“I am proud to announce this year’s Clean Energy Lead by Example nominees and award winners across state and local government,” said Nicholas S. Ucci, State Energy Commissioner. “The McKee Administration is committed to advancing our Act on Climate goals and supporting energy cost and emissions reductions throughout the public sector. Our Lead by Example work is having a positive impact and helping to advance important economic, energy, and environmental policy goals.”

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