Lead by Example

The Lead by Example Program supports State agencies and Municipal governments in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy costs across Rhode Island through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation.

In December 2015, Executive Order 15-17 was signed which directed, "State Agencies to Lead by Example in Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy." This Executive Order established a "Lead by Example" program within the Office of Energy Resources (OER) "to oversee and coordinate efforts at State agencies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions".

The Lead By Example program provides important technical, procurement, and financial assistance to the public sector which enables them to implement clean energy projects and helps lead the way to meeting the greenhouse gas emission reduction mandates established in the 2021 Act on Climate legislation. The OER Commissioner is the Vice-Chair of the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) and through the work of the Lead by Example program and other OER initiatives, we are committed to leading the State towards meeting our important climate goals.

Reports, Data & Publications

OER posts annual reports for the Lead by Example program and useful information about the State’s energy consumption. 

On-Going Programs and Case Studies

OER has developed a number of programs and initiatives to achieve Lead by Example goals. 

Lead by Example Energy Awards

OER’s Lead by Example Awards recognize state agencies, quasi-public agencies and municipalities for their recent energy efficiency and renewable energy achievements. 

Clean Energy Purchasing Mechanisms

State Master Price Agreements have been created to streamline energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric vehicle charging station projects. 

Rhode Island Stretch Codes

Rhode Island has voluntary commercial and residential stretch codes to help buildings achieve higher energy savings and implement advanced building practices.

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Contact Us

George Sfinarolakis
Administrator of Lead by Example Program
Phone: 401-574-9101

Nathan Cleveland
Municipalities, Streetlights, and Energy Efficiency
Phone: 401-574-9112

Terri Brooks
Administrator, Financial Management Central Utility Billing
Phone: 401-574-9107