Project Evaluations Best Practices


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Project Evaluations Best Practices

  1. 1. Best Practices Application Outline Jenn Alvarez, Green Campus Lead
  2. 2. Application deadline UC/CSU/CCC SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE 2010 Energy Efficiency Partnership Program Best Practice Awards Application Application Period: 2 weeks Deadline: ~ end March or beginning April 2010 Page limit: 5 pages Traditional Marketing I. CONTACT INFORMATION II. PROJECT CATEGORY - SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS (Student Energy Efficiency)
  3. 3. Content Requirements III. PROJECT INFORMATION Project/practice name: Project/practice location: Implementation cost: Estimated annual energy savings (as applicable): Estimated annual energy cost savings (as applicable): Description (paragraph in length)
  4. 4. Key Components • Measurable Savings • Replicable - How is your program a Best Practice? Is it easily replicable on other campuses? • Innovative – If your project has been done before, i.e. residence hall energy competition, how have you made it new/innovate? • Collaborative/Sustainable - Design integration – How does it incorporate multiple disciplines and/or stakeholders? How has this contributed to the longevity/sustainability of the project?
  5. 5. Green Campus recognized Winners in Best Practices in Student Energy Efficiency 2005: Humboldt State and UC Berkeley 2006: CSU San Bernardino and UC Santa Barbara 2007: UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, Chico State, Humboldt State, Honorable Mention CSU San Bernaridino 2008: Chico State and UC Berkeley, Honorable Mention UC Santa Cruz 2009: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC San Diego, Honorable Mention Humboldt State 2010: YOU!
  6. 6. How to Complete a Project Evaluation Stacy Katz
  7. 7. Why is This Important? • Lays the Foundation for Best Practices • Provides Green Campus Interns with Valuable Project Information for the Future • Great Resource for You! – Project Documentation – Skill Documentation – Leadership and Organizational Documentation – Great for Interviews
  8. 8. Project Category
  9. 9. Project Description, Cost, Metrics
  10. 10. Project Description, Cost, Metrics What to Consider: - Objectives of the Project? - Who were the stakeholders? - How did you plan the event? - Who did you collaborate with? - How did you identify what the metrics were going to be? - How did you collect metrics? - What was the outcome?
  11. 11. Soft Metrics, Lessons Learned, Outreach, Attachments
  12. 12. Soft Metrics, Lessons Learned, Outreach, Attachments Lessons Learned -Did things go as smoothly as they could? -What could you have done to prepare better for next time? -What really worked? -What didn’t work?
  13. 13. Attachments – Speaker Related
  14. 14. Attachments – Marketing Related
  15. 15. Attachments – attendee related
  16. 16. Thank you!
  17. 17. How to write a winning Best Practices application Sarah Schneider Program Coordinator Humboldt State University
  18. 18. Methodology • Highlight projects that: – Energy Savings – Replicable – Innovative • Utilized our hybridized SOW/Project Evaluation • Projects: (constituted bulk of energy savings) – Bundled project – Office Energy Audit Campaign (Seminars)
  19. 19. Methodology cont… • Consulted campus lead for metrics • Included supplemental supportive info via appendices
  20. 20. Tips • Focus on projects that: – Energy Savings – Innovative – Replicable • Provide detailed project descriptions with plenty of metrics • Comprehensive introduction section • Keep writing concise and strong (e.g. active voice) • Focus on content of application and maybe include 1 or 2 attachments • Ink color choice and formatting • Stay true to the application! (answer the questions)
  21. 21. Challenges • Organization – Coordination – Divide sections • Short turnaround (~2 weeks) Start early! • Page limit (~5) – keeping it concise, comprehensive & well written
  22. 22. Sample Project/practice name: Installation of Network-Based Power Management Software, Dining Hall Ventilation Control Project and the Re-commissioning of the Wildlife Building Project/practice location: Humboldt State University Implementation cost: $174,338 total cost for all three projects Estimated annual energy savings (as applicable): 491,449 kWh, 13,890 therms Estimated annual energy cost savings (as applicable): $59,454
  23. 23. Benefits • Publicizes your efforts • Recognition for Program and campus • Legitimizes your efforts even more so • Impressive accomplishment to add to your resume • Great skill to have for future endeavors (i.e. grant proposals)