Green Revolving Investment Tracking System 1.1

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Overview

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The Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.1) 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 600 projects currently being shared.

GRITS Log In

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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

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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.

New GRITS 1.1 Features

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We’ve improved the original GRITS 1.0 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!

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 1.1, 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 1.1 by clicking here. Your username and password have not changed.

New GRITS 1.1

Free Trial

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Interested in a personal tour of GRITS 1.1 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.