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MassBay Honored by Healey-Driscoll Administration for Sustainable Campus Initiatives at the 17th Annual Leading by Example Awards

Friday, December 8, 2023


Liz Cooper


WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (December 8, 2023) — MassBay Community College is proud to announce it has been recognized by the Healey-Driscoll Administration at the 17th Annual Leading by Example Awards for exemplary efforts in advancing clean energy, sustainability, and decarbonization initiatives on all three campuses. Through multiple green initiatives, the College has made significant strides in reducing its carbon footprint.

“MassBay has been committed to being environmentally sound not only because it makes good business sense, but because it represents the values of our community,” said MassBay Vice President of Finance and Administration Marcus Edward. “When we open our new zero net carbon campus building in Framingham next month, some of the carbon-friendly features include nearly 95% of the steel frame made of recycled materials, solar panels on the roof and parking lot offsetting the building's use of grid electricity, linoleum flooring made from natural and renewable materials such as linseed oil, flax, pulverized wood, and cock dust, and a ground-sourced heating and cooling pumps installed beneath the parking lot. These accomplishments, coupled with eliminating single-use plastic bottles and installing EV charging stations, are part of MassBay’s commitment to being an environmentally conscious college.”

The highlight of the accomplishments is the eagerly anticipated opening of the Center for Health Sciences, Early Childhood, and Human Services campus building, in Framingham in January 2024. This state-of-the-art facility will stand as a beacon of environmental stewardship, being an all-electric structure heated and cooled by a ground-source heating system. The building was constructed using many natural, recycled and biodegradable materials, while featuring windows and insulation with multiple layers to improve air tightness. Additionally, the building will harness 442kW of solar power from both parking lot canopies and rooftop arrays, showcasing MassBay’s commitment to green energy solutions. 

In 2022, MassBay took significant steps towards reducing its carbon footprint by installing three dual-port EV charging stations on the Wellesley campus for public use. With the opening of the new Framingham campus building, six additional stations will be installed for electric vehicles. MassBay has adopted a policy stipulating that, when replacing vehicles, the College will opt for more environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives. Currently, MassBay proudly operates two all-electric utility vehicles on its Wellesley campus. 

“Our state and local leaders work hard every day to help Massachusetts achieve its ambitious climate goals,” said Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey. “They are truly leading by example to combat climate change, and today’s award ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their work and dedication.”

“We are proud of the ongoing efforts by our state and local partners to make Massachusetts’ cities and towns healthier, more sustainable places to live,” said Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “The efforts of our public sector leaders and the Leading by Example team do not go unnoticed, and we are thankful for their efforts to advance decarbonization and clean energy initiatives throughout Massachusetts.” 

Aligning with Governor Healey’s Executive Order (No. 619: Eliminating the Purchase by the Executive Department of Single-Use Plastic Bottles) on eliminating single-use plastic bottles, MassBay will not be purchasing single-use plastic bottles to address plastic waste. To support this initiative, MassBay will purchase and distribute hydroflasks and install additional water refill stations throughout the three campuses. 

The Leading by Example (LBE) program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance decarbonization, clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations. The Leading by Example Awards celebrate state entities, municipalities, and individuals for outstanding achievements in clean energy and environmental sustainability. MassBay joins the distinguished list of awardees, which includes the Department of Conservation and Recreation Net Zero Task Force, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, City of Lowell, Town of Windsor, Hank Haff from the Town of Needham, Suzanne Wood from UMass Chan Medical School, and Hope Davis from the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.


Leading by Example Awards ceremony for MassBay at Massachusetts State House MassBay Community College was honored at the Massachusetts State House on December 4, 2023, during the Leading by Example ceremony with a Leading by Example Award. Pictured from left to right, Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Adam Baacke, MassBay Director of Facilities Joe DeLisle, MassBay Vice President of Finance and Administration Marcus Edward, Elizabeth Mahony Department of Energy Resources Commissioner, and Leading by Example Program Director Eric Friedman, Boston, MA, December 2023 (Photo/Leading by Example Division).

Electric car charging stations available for free in MassBay parking lots MassBay Community College electric vehicle charging station in the lower student parking lot on the Wellesley Hills, MA campus, March 2022 (Photo/MassBay Community College).


MassBay has pure water stations to refill reusable water bottles and cups Newly installed water refill station in MassBay’s Center for Health Sciences, Early Childhood, and Human Services in Framingham, MA, November 2023 (Photo/MassBay Community College).

New MassBay building in Framingham is friendly to the environment MassBay’s Center for Health Science, Early Childhood, and Human Services on Franklin Street in Framingham, MA, is highly efficient and has multiple energy efficient features including a ground-source heat pump system, electric vehicle charging stations, solar panels on the roof and in the parking lot, and was built using recycled materials. The campus will open for classes in January 2024, Framingham, MA, November 2023 (Photo/MassBay Community College).



MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations, and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.


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