DEEP: Lead By Example

Lead By Example - Energy Efficiency for State and Local Government
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"Take Control of Your Energy Use and Lead By Example"

What is Lead by Example?
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protectionís Lead By Example (LBE) program will reduce energy use in Connecticutís State and Local Government buildings and operations through the completion of comprehensive energy improvement projects. These projects are designed to accomplish the goals set forth in Connecticut General Statutes Section 16a-37u(b). The intent of the legislation is to implement programs and policies that enable Connecticut to become the most energy efficient state in the nation and serve as an example to other states.  
Please note that the state does not intend to renew contract #12PSX0153, which is currently used to qualify energy service providers for Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs).  We do not have a current time schedule for re-opening such a solicitation, though that is a possibility for the future.  We continue to invest in energy efficiency upgrades at state facilities as funding allows.
The most expedient thing to do for any company that wishes to provide energy saving goods and services to state facilities is to register on the DAS portal to receive notices of contracting opportunities.  See the CT DAS BizNet pages regarding doing business with the State of Connecticut:
LBE Legislative Report
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 Ĺ 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)
For more information on the project visit Capitol Region Green Clearinghouse
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)

Have a Question?
Contact a Lead By Example program administrator at

Content last updated March 18, 2019