Green Revolving Investment Tracking System 1.2

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Overview

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The Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.2) 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 1,400 projects currently being shared.

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Free Trial

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Interested in a personal tour of GRITS 1.2 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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Pic 3- Report on Progress BEST

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 1.2 Features

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We’ve improved the original GRITS 1.2 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 1.2, 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 1.2 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 200 institutions using GRITS:

Agnes Scott College Middlebury College
Alamo Colleges Monmouth College
Allegheny College Monroe County Community College
American University Moraine Valley Community College
Arlington Public Schools Morton Arboretum
Ball State University Muhlenberg College
Bemidji State University Nassau Community College
Bentley University Northern Arizona University
Berkshire School Northern Michigan University
Bethany College Northland College
Black Hills State University Northwestern University
Bon Secours Health System Oakland University
Boston University Oakton Community College
Bowdoin College Oberlin College
Brandeis University Occidental College
British Columbia Institute of Technology Pacific Lutheran University
Bryant University Phillips Exeter Academy
Bucknell University Pine Cobble School
California Institute of Technology Portland State University
California State University Los Angeles Princeton University
California State University, Fullerton Randolph College
California State University, Long Beach Randolph–Macon College
California State University, Los Angeles Saginaw Valley State University
California State University, Northridge Saint Joseph’s College
California State University, San Marcos Saint Louis University
Carleton College Salt Lake Community College
Carleton University San Diego State University
Carnegie Mellon University Santa Clara University
Catawba College Santa Rosa Junior College
Central Michigan University School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Central Piedmont Community College Seattle Central College
Champlain College Sewanee: The University of the South
Chapman University Simon Fraser University
Christopher Newport University Smith College
City Colleges of Chicago Southern Connecticut State University
Cleveland State University Southern Illinois University
Colgate University Southern Oregon University
College of DuPage Southwestern Illinois College
College of Lake County Spelman College
College of William & Mary State of Vermont Buildings and General Services
Colorado State University State University of New York at New Paltz
Columbia University Medical Center SUNY Albany
Community Consolidated School District 15 (Palatine, IL) SUNY Oswego
Connecticut College Swarthmore College
Cornerstone University Teachers College Columbia University
Creighton University The Banff Centre
Culver Academies The Ohio State University
Dallas County Community College District Office The University of Texas at San Antonio
Dartmouth College Thompson Rivers University
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Town of Andover, MA
Delta College Tulane University
Denison University UNC Charlotte
Dickinson College Unity College
Drew University University of Alaska, Anchorage
Earlham College University of Alaska, Fairbanks
East Carolina University University of Alberta
Eastern Mennonite University University of Arizona
Edgewood College University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Emory & Henry College University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ferris State University University of British Columbia
Ferrum College University of California, Los Angeles
Florida A&M University University of California, San Francisco
Florida Institute of Technology University of California, Santa Barbara
George Mason University University of California, Santa Cruz
Georgetown University University of Chicago
Georgia Gwinnett College University of Colorado Denver
Georgia Institute of Technology University of Florida
Grand Rapids Community College University of Hawaii
Green Mountain College University of Idaho
Green University University of Illinois at Chicago
Grinnell College University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Hampden-Sydney College University of Kansas
Harriet Tubman Charter University of La Verne
Harvard University University of Maine
Harvey Mudd College University of Melbourne
Hawaii Community College University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Heartland Community College University of Michigan, Flint
Hiram College University of Minnesota
Hope College University of Mount Union
Illinois Institute of Technology University of New England
Iowa State University University of New Hampshire
Ithaca College University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
John A. Logan College University of Oklahoma
Johns Hopkins University University of Prince Edward Island
Johnson County Community College University of Richmond
Kalamazoo College University of San Francisco
Kalamazoo Valley Community College University of Saskatchewan
Kamehameha Schools University of South Florida
Kansas City Public Schools University of Southern Mississippi
Kansas State University of Texas at Austin
Kennesaw State University University of the Pacific
Kirtland Community College University of Utah
Lake Land College University of Vermont
Lane Community College University of Victoria
Lansing Community College University of Washington
Lehigh University University of Washington, Tacoma
Lewis and Clark Community College University of Windsor
Louisburg College University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
Loyola University Maryland University of Wyoming
Luther College Villanova University
Macalester College Washburn University
Marquette University Washington and Lee University
Mars Hill University Washington College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Washington University in St. Louis
Medical University of South Carolina Washtenaw Community College
Meredith College Wellesley College
Messiah College Western Michigan University
Michigan State University Whitman College
Michigan Technological University Wilfrid Laurier University
Middle Georgia State University Williams College