program development and implementation
Lotus has experience developing, managing, facilitating, and reporting on sustainability and energy efficiency programs. As such, our team has real world, “feet on the street” knowledge that increases our understanding of how programs actually function when implemented. Through our work we have we have a strong understanding of the various constraints our clients encounter (state and federal legislation and regulation, reporting requirements, time constraints, etc) when implementing a program. In return, we thrive at aligning and reshuffling the constraints until the most productive, efficient, and strategic configuration arises.
Lotus has direct experience taking advantage of local, state and federal policies and programs to leverage rebates, tax benefits, financial mechanisms and incentives to increase renewable energy usage, reduce energy and water use, and ultimately reduce costs to organizations.
ENERGY Efficiency Programs
We have worked with dozens of school districts, municipalities, and small businesses across the state to help them implement comprehensive energy management plans and implement energy efficiency improvements. We have presented to school boards, facility departments, administrations, and business owners to help them understand how and why energy efficiency is profitable. We have analyzed utility bills for usage patterns and opportunities for improvements. We have conducted on-site energy assessments, made recommendations for building improvements, and helped clients navigate throughout the implementation process.
Our experience includes:
- Program administrator for Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority's Gunnison Valley Home Energy Advancement Team (GV-HEAT) Program
- Manager and facilitator of the Colorado Energy Office's Energy Management Assistance Program
- Facilitator of the Colorado Energy Office's Main Street Efficiency Initiative
- Manager of the Colorado Greening Government Program
- Manager of the Colorado Carbon Fund
"Emily was instrumental in the success of our (Colorado Energy Office) Energy Management Assistance Program. She provided key technical support to Colorado K-12 schools and her work lead to measurable energy savings and environmental benefits for program participants."
-Michael Turner, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager at the Colorado Energy Office
Behavioral change programs
We have worked with various clients to integrate behavioral change into their energy efficiency programs. Recently, Lotus lead an Energy Empowerment Project where we provided Boulder Housing Partners with real-time, unit-level information about electricity use; provided residents with targeted feedback about their electricity consumption; and employed a variety of scientific approaches for motivating, engaging, and empowering residents to reduce electricity consumption. The project was specifically designed to be replicable for similar communities in Boulder Housing Partner's portfolio.
During our engagement program, Boulder Housing Partners experienced a 9.3% reduction in electricity usage and 4.5% reduction in energy costs on their utility bills for the units we worked with! You can see the report by clicking here.
We also acted as school and student mentors for the Center for Resource Conservation's ReNew Our Schools program, where schools competed to save energy. Using real-time energy monitoring equipment, we helped students understand how electricity was used and how it could be conserved. We also taught students how to perform high-level energy assessments. Schools saw energy reductions of between 5% and 10%.
"Hillary and Emily were amazing to work with. They jumped into a project that had been delayed several times due to a number of obstacles. They were able to resurrect the project and get it done on time and under budget. They were thoughtful, efficient and helpful on all phases of our project. I would highly recommend their services for any sustainability project."
- Tim Beal, Director of Sustainable Communities at Boulder Housing Partners
Energy Performance Contracting
Emily and Hillary have worked on Energy Performance Contracting since 2009. Together we have provided guidance to dozens of public agencies on the technical, contractual and programmatic details of energy performance contracting. We have conducted energy use feasibility studies and utility bill analyses; we have reviewed technical energy audits [i.e., investment grade audits], energy performance contracts, and measurement and verification reports; we have provided guidance on financing and project development; and we have provided conflict resolution.
Our experience includes:
- Manager of the Colorado Energy Office Energy Performance Contracting (Public and Private Sector) Programs
- Facilitator of the State of Colorado’s Energy Performance Contracting program
- Supported the Colorado Energy Office's work to expand Energy Performance Contracting in rural and small communities in Colorado
- Elected to the National Energy Service Coalition Board
- Co-chair of the Colorado Chapter of the Energy Service Coalition
- Supported Trident Energy Services' work to increase the use of Energy Performance Contracting in the State of Missouri
- Provided input to the Rocky Mountain Institutes White Paper: The Path to a Deep Energy Retrofit using an Energy Savings Performance Contract
"Hillary's ability to simultaneously manage project deliverables and keep team members on task while exercising her creativity to develop new programs is a unique skill set. Hillary knows how to manage and motivate to get the best out of her clients and collaborators. She is a delight to work with and will see any project through to a successful conclusion."
- Angie Fyfe, Executive Director, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
RELEVANT Webinars and Blogs
The following is a list of blogs and webinars that we have created highlighting our experience managing programs:
- Webinar: How to Set Effective and Measurable Sustainability Goals
- Blog: Finding Money
- Blog: Why You Should Never Overlook Qualitative Achievements When Developing Your Sustainability Goals
- Blog: Setting Reduction Targets with Limited Information
- Blog: Question Everything
- Blog: Achieving Substantial Sustainability Goals: You might be doing better then you think