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