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WHOI Named 2022 Mass Save™ Climate Leader for Outstanding Commitment to Energy Efficiency

October 7, 2022

Recognition highlights WHOI’s continued efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leading the state to a clean energy future

Woods Hole, Mass. — Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been selected as a 2022 Mass Save™ Climate Leader; one of just 19 commercial and industrial organizations across the Commonwealth to receive this recognition.

“Our community is passionate about making Cape Cod and the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a greener and cleaner place to live and work,” said Stephanie Madsen, WHOI Sustainability Coordinator. “We are honored to be selected as a Mass Save Climate Leader.”

WHOI has leveraged the incentives, support, and rebates offered by the Sponsors of Mass Save to make impactful investments in energy efficiency as well as reduce the Institution’s carbon footprint, and curb greenhouse gas emissions. WHOI supports several sustainable practices that contribute to an energy efficient campus and community. Specific projects and initiatives include:

  • LED lighting installations in 50 campus buildings
  • Energy Star freezer upgrades
  • Occupancy sensors installed in laboratory fume hoods to save electricity when hoods are not in use
  • Building efficiency such as insulation, air sealing, and HVAC upgrades
  • Solar rooftop installations on five WHOI labs and business buildings
  • Maintain a fleet of 45 bikes for a bike loaner program to reduce carbon emissions from cars

“We are thrilled to see three different organizations receiving energy services from Cape Light Compact highlighted by this award for the work they have done to become more energy efficient,” said Maggie Downey, Administrator, Cape Light Compact. “Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Stop & Shop, and Shaw’s have each shown the amazing progress one can make when they commit to a greener future for their organization and for the planet.”


The Sponsors of Mass Save selected this inaugural group of Climate Leaders based on a variety of factors including the total energy savings achieved over the past five to ten years, the historical level of energy savings relative to energy consumption, and the frequency and diversity of energy efficiency investments.

About the Sponsors of Mass Save®

Mass Save® is a collaborative of Massachusetts’ electric and natural gas utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty, National Grid, and Unitil. We empower residents, businesses, and communities to make energy efficient upgrades by offering a wide range of services, rebates, incentives, trainings, and information.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930, its mission is to understand the ocean and its interactions with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate an understanding of the ocean’s role in the changing global environment. WHOI’s pioneering discoveries stem from an ideal combination of science and engineering—one that has made it one of the most trusted and technically advanced leaders in fundamental and applied ocean research and exploration anywhere. WHOI is known for its multidisciplinary approach, superior ship operations, and unparalleled deep-sea robotics capabilities. We play a leading role in ocean observation and operate the most extensive suite of ocean data-gathering platforms in the world. Top scientists, engineers, and students collaborate on more than 800 concurrent projects worldwide—both above and below the waves—pushing the boundaries of knowledge to inform people and policies for a healthier planet. Learn more at