DEEP: Lead By Example

Lead By Example - Energy Efficiency for State and Local Government
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What is Lead by Example?
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Lead By Example program (LBE) will reduce energy use in Connecticut’s State and local government buildings and operations.  Specifically, LBE will:
  • Help achieve Governor Malloy’s goal of making Connecticut the most energy efficient state in the nation, and
  • Reduce energy use in State buildings by 10% by 2013 and an additional 10% by 2018, consistent with the goals set by Connecticut General Statutes Section 16a-37u(b).
Lead by Example Important Announcements
Visit LBE’s Energy Savings Performance Contracting Program for more information on this new program to help state agencies and municipalities achieve significant energy reductions.
Visit LBE for State Agencies for more information on how state agencies can take advantage of energy-savings measures through the Lead by Example program.
Visit LBE for Municipalities for more information on how Connecticut towns and cities can utilize Lead by Example programs to reduce energy consumption at a local level.
  • Creating a Sustainable Region:  This video is an overview of what sustainability means to a region and highlights the Capitol Region Council of Government’s Green Region project.  It encourages viewers to become involved on the local and regional level in order to create a more vibrant future. (Length: 2 minutes)

  • Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC): This video showcases successful energy projects in East Hartford and Stamford, Connecticut. Through Energy Savings Performance Contracts, both municipalities achieved significant energy and cost reductions in their schools and government buildings with no upfront costs. (Length: 5 1/2 minutes)

  • Building Healthy Communities:  This video focuses on how several Connecticut towns and cities are working to improve the health of their residents by supporting programs that provide access to fresh foods and encourage walking and biking. The role of farmers' markets, community gardens, multi-use trails, walkability audits, bike-to-work initiatives and innovative bicycle-friendly programs are explored. (Length: 5 ½ minutes)

  • Sustainable Land Use Regulations:  This video showcases an innovative project of the Capitol Region Council of Governments that will equip towns with model zoning regulations to help them create vibrant, sustainable communities. The model regulations cover four key topic areas: Housing Diversity and Affordability, Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy, Food Security and Local Food Systems and Compact and Mixed Use Development.  (Length: 4 1/2 minutes)
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  • Energy Champion: This video highlights a successful geothermal installation by the Town of Tolland, Connecticut and the important role a local business owner played as the chair of the Town's Energy Task Force. Other communities looking to upgrade their energy infrastructure are encouraged to look no further than their own backyard to find an energy champion who can lend their expertise to the process and lead by example. (Length: 4 minutes)


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Content last updated May 18, 2015