Green Revolving Investment Tracking System 1.5

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Overview

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The Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.5) web tool is designed to help institutions better manage and analyze project-level energy, financial and carbon data. GRITS provides an intuitive interface to better track performance data from energy efficiency and other resource conservation measures. GRITS also offers access to a growing Project Library, which includes the name of the institution, description, and detailed performance data for each of the more than 1,600 projects currently being shared.

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Free Trial

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Interested in a personal tour of GRITS 1.5 or a free 30-day trial access? Contact Aaron Karp, Research Fellow, at grits@greenbillion.org

Learn more about our GRITS Affiliates program, now offering GRITS access to all institutions regardless of whether they have a green revolving fund.

Track Project Savings

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GB Pic 1- Track Projects BESTEach project gets its own dedicated page, tracking annual energy, financial, and carbon savings. Users can edit utility prices and savings as they change each year. GRITS can calculate payback period and return on investment (ROI) for many types of projects, including energy, waste, and water.

GRITS In 60 Seconds

A one minute video tour of the GRITS project tracking tool.

Access Aggregate Data

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Pic 2- Access Aggregate Data BESTSee your data for your whole project portfolio. View the savings your projects have recovered from your total costs. Analyze the average ROI and payback period and check progress towards campus-wide goals with total energy and carbon emissions reduced from all projects to date.

The GRITS Guide

Click here to download a guide to the GRITS platform. For GRF users, click here.

Report on Progress

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Instantly create reports to show project performance to key stakeholders. Customize and print multiple graphs, and export data to Microsoft Excel.

GRITS 6 Min. Tour

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Manage Financial Data

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Pic 4- Manage Financial Data BESTWith so many account transactions in your green revolving fund, GRITS makes it easy to see the financials. Whether you’re spending money on materials and labor for a new project, paying a student intern from the account, or transferring utilities savings back into the account, GRITS can keep track of it all.

Customize

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Is your fiscal year untraditional? Does your green revolving fund charge an annual interest rate that you want to be automatically calculated? Simply edit these assumptions in the Institution Profile page and it will be applied to your projects.

GRITS 1.5 Features

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We’ve improved the original GRITS 1.5 with several new and helpful features, including:

Export EVERYTHING to a spreadsheet in one click:
Now you can export all of your project data at once to a spreadsheet with just a click from the Projects page.

Measurement & Verification the right way:
GRITS now uses the four options for M&V as specified by the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol. For this feature,  you will need to choose the new IPMVP option for “Measurement and Verification Methodology” for each of your projects currently in GRITS. You don’t need to make this change immediately, but this change should be made in the future. We are here to help if you have questions on the new M & V options or if you need help making this change!

Project Detail export:
With one click on “GENERATE- Project PDF” from a Project Detail page in your account, you will be emailed a PDF of that project’s data. This exported PDF includes all the data from the Project Detail page and includes a bar graph of annual project savings. The Project Detail PDF is a great resource to present project performance or to to help propose a new project to your team.

No more guessing on negative or positive transactions:
You no longer need to enter negative transactions with parentheses or with a negative sign— GRITS will automatically know which transactions are negative and which are positive, simplifying how you enter data.

More filters so you can find exactly what you are looking for:
With GRITS 1.5, now you can filter your own projects by Building or Install Complete Date on your Projects page. In the GRITS Library, you can filter by Building Type, by projects containing attachments, and you can access improved Project Cost and Payback Period sliders to better hone your search.

Archived projects stay even more separate:
Archived projects are now separated from all other projects on the Dashboard. This is a great feature if you want to track older projects or projects that are not financed by your main fund, but you don’t want them to affect your overall Dashboard totals and averages. You can also filter exclusively by Archived projects on your Projects page.

A new “Limited Editor” profile:
Now you can create a  “Limited Editor” account for team members who need full access to edit your project data but who you don’t want accessing the full Project Library (perfect for contractors and external consultants).

Additional features include:

  • New visualizer on the Dashboard to help you see the amount of money that you have Invested vs. Saved from your projects as of today’s date,
  • New and helpful symbols that explain GRITS functionality and capabilities as you’re working within the tool, and
  • GRITS lets you know when things don’t add up: for example, if your Simple Payback Period or Loan Repayment Period is greater than the project’s lifespan, you’ll now get a notification and be able to better assess the project’s data.

You can log into the new GRITS 1.5 by clicking here. Your username and password have not changed.

 

Institutions Using GRITS

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Included below is a partial list of the more than 300 institutions using GRITS:

Agnes Scott College Morehouse College
Alamo Colleges Morton Arboretum
American University Nassau Community College
Appalachian State University Northern Arizona University
Arlington Public Schools Northern Michigan University
Atlanta Metropolitan State College Northland College
Ball State University Northwestern University
Bay de Noc Community College Oakland University
Bemidji State University Oberlin College
Bentley University Occidental College
Berea College Oregon State University
Berkshire School Pacific Lutheran University
Bethany College Phillips Exeter Academy
Black Hills State University Pine Cobble School
Bluefield College Portland State University
Bon Secours Health System Randolph College
Boston University Randolph–Macon College
Bowdoin College Robert Morris University
Bradley University Saginaw Valley State University
Brandeis University Saint Joseph’s College
Bridgewater College Saint Leo University
British Columbia Institute of Technology Saint Louis University
Bryant University Salt Lake Community College
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School San Diego State University
Bucknell University Santa Clara University
California State University, Fullerton Santa Monica College
California State University, Long Beach Santa Rosa Junior College
California State University, Los Angeles School of the Art Institute of Chicago
California State University, Northridge Seattle Central College
California State University, San Marcos Sewanee: The University of the South
Calvin College Simon Fraser University
Carleton College Slippery Rock University
Carleton University Smith College
Carnegie Mellon University Southern Connecticut State University
Catawba College Southern Illinois University
Central Michigan University Southern Oregon University
Central Piedmont Community College Spelman College
Champlain College State of Vermont Buildings and General Services
Chapman University State University of New York at Cortland
Christopher Newport University State University of New York, Albany
City of San Antonio State University of New York, New Paltz
Cleveland State University State University of New York, Oneonta
Colgate University State University of New York, Oswego
College of William & Mary State University of New York, Potsdam
Colorado Mesa University Stetson University
Colorado State University Swarthmore College
Columbia University Medical Center Sweet Briar College
Community Consolidated School District 15 (Palatine, IL) Teachers College Columbia University
Connecticut College The Banff Centre
Cornell University The Ohio State University
Cornerstone University The University of Texas at San Antonio
Creighton University Thompson Rivers University
Culver Academies Town of Andover, MA
Dallas County Community College District Office Tulane University
Dartmouth College Unity College
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health University of Alaska, Anchorage
Delta College University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Denison University University of Alberta
DePauw University University of Arizona
Drew University University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Earlham College University of Arkansas, Little Rock
East Carolina University University of British Columbia
Eastern Kentucky University University of Calgary
Eastern Mennonite University University of California, Los Angeles
Edgewood College University of California, San Francisco
Emory & Henry College University of California, Santa Barbara
Ferris State University University of California, Santa Cruz
Ferrum College University of Chicago
Florida A&M University University of Colorado, Denver
Florida Institute of Technology University of Dayton
George Mason University University of Delaware
Georgetown University University of Florida
Georgia College & State University University of Hawaii
Georgia Gwinnett College University of Idaho
Georgia Institute of Technology University of Illinois, Chicago
Grand Rapids Community College University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
Green Mountain College University of Kansas
Green University University of La Verne
Grinnell College University of Maine
Hampden-Sydney College University of Maryland College Park
Harper College University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Harriet Tubman Charter University of Michigan, Flint
Harvard University University of Minnesota
Harvey Mudd College University of Montana
Hawaii Community College University of Mount Union
Hendrix College University of New England
Hiram College University of New Hampshire
Hope College University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Illinois Central College University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Illinois Institute of Technology University of Oklahoma
Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey University of Prince Edward Island
Iowa State University University of Puget Sound
Ithaca College University of Redlands
Jackson State University University of Rhode Island
Jacksonville University University of Richmond
Johns Hopkins University University of San Francisco
Johnson County Community College University of Saskatchewan
Kalamazoo College University of South Florida
Kalamazoo Valley Community College University of Southern Mississippi
Kansas City Public Schools University of Texas, Austin
Kansas State University University of the Pacific
Kennesaw State University University of Utah
Kirtland Community College University of Vermont
Lane Community College University of Victoria
Lansing Community College University of Washington
Lehigh University University of Washington, Tacoma
Louisburg College University of Windsor
Loyola University Maryland University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
Luther College University of Wyoming
Macalester College Villanova University
Marquette University Wake Technical Community College
Mars Hill University Washburn University
Mary Baldwin College Washington and Lee University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Washington College
McDaniel College Washington University in St. Louis
Medical University of South Carolina Washtenaw Community College
Meredith College Waubonsee Community College
Messiah College Wellesley College
Michigan State University Western Illinois University
Michigan Technological University Western Michigan University
Middle Georgia State University Western University
Middlebury College Wheeling Jesuit University
Monmouth College Whitman College
Monroe County Community College Wilfrid Laurier University
Morehouse College Williams College
Morton Arboretum Wingate University
Muhlenberg College Wofford College