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Energy Stewards Speeds Verifiable Results

The Energy Stewards® web platform makes energy use easy to understand. It engages participants to take action to reduce financial & environmental costs across a range of property types.  The cloud-based web platform is an effective tool to efficiently spread energy improvement actions and view the results. It easily integrates into and strengthens existing energy management programs.

  • Manage multiple properties & team members
  • Track energy, water, renewables & action taken
  • Customize site to integrate with your program
  • Offer automatic monthly energy use updates
  • Integrated – ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
  • Home page for each property

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See for Yourself

Energy Stewards & our support in tailoring it to your goals are designed to make energy impact transparent and actionable. Click on the link below to visit one of our partner sites. Note the features that can be tailored to your energy management goals.

Platform Features

Project Management

Supports spread and documentation of effective energy management practices across a portfolio of buildings. At a glance, managers can see: Which buildings are improving the most; Progress on Action Checklist; ENERGY STAR® rating; Last utility data update; Energy change from baseline. Drill down to Building Home Page to learn more.

Align Action

The Action Table customized to guide and monitor energy saving action across all buildings in a project group. Set milestones, practices and actions that you want all to test or adopt in their own buildings. See who is active, and who is not. Action Table is also linked to Forums, to share learning. Invite Team Members quickly engages key players.

Benchmark

The platform offers an automatic data link service with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, providing an easy-to-use connection to the leading building benchmark and the rich array of valuable ENERGY STAR information. You see how a particular building energy use ranks against similar buildings nationwide, how the rating has changed over time to inspire ongoing energy management improvement.

See Results

When an Action Item is checked, it is noted on the Energy Chart and Building Home Page. Specific actions can be linked to their related charts. (Water use actions appear on water charts, for example.) This makes reporting simple, and highlights what actions have been most helpful in reducing financial and environmental costs.

Share Learning

Energy Stewards is a tool that is deployed in the context of a range of resources centered around improving resource use and reducing both financial and environmental costs. It can help scale a good pilot program to involve many. At the heart of the Energy Stewards philosophy is sharing learning among those involved. Those who have been out ahead can speed the path for others who follow.

Recent Updates

Driven by user suggestions, Energy Stewards has evolved since first launched. Examples of recent updates: Change in Annual $ Cost vs. Baseline — Building home page calculates how much lower (or higher) your energy use costs are, in the most recent 12 months vs. the designated baseline year. Easy Print — Click Print button on your Building Home Page, or Energy Graphs Detail Page for screen shots that can be posted to your bulletin board. Helps keep building members up to date on your energy savings efforts. Read-Only Portfolio Manager Link – Already manage your data in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager? Now, checking a box there will share this data with the Energy Stewards interface, greatly simplifying data updates. Or choose to manage data in Energy Stewards and automatically update your PM account.

Energy Star Web Services

“We are a select provider of ENERGY STAR® Web Services. As such, Energy Stewards® automatically communicates with ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager, enabling owners to easily benchmark energy use performance against similar buildings nationwide.” Warren Gaskill Managing Partner – Rapid Improvement Associates

Our Project Partners

Our partners are companies, non-profit, units of government that seek to spread energy improvement more broadly and deeply among a portfolio of buildings, quickening a reduction in financial and environmental costs. They typically are ready to ramp-up a pilot program so it can be run more efficiently and effectively, engaging many more. They have a range of services and partners that can be brought together more fully and transparently to achieve their goals. We work with our partners only if they meet certain necessary conditions. As we start, we help firm their unique Action Table and program elements, set key milestones, launch dates and program reviews. We train local project leaders to administer the site. Throughout, we support with our deep experience with energy improvement and organizational change issues. Among our partner programs today:

The Duo Behind

Energy Stewards® was launched in 2008 by Rapid Improvement Associates, LLC
Kevin Little

FOUNDER OF RAPID IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATES, LLC IN 2001 AND OF INFORMING ECOLOGICAL DESIGN, LLC, IN 1997. Little earned a Ph.D. (statistics) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and uses a range of relevant methods and techniques from industrial engineering. His background in ecology comes from lab investigations and data analysis of constructed ecosystems and volunteer work to restore prairies and savanna's. Little's information design perspective has been shaped by his education in statistics and professional interaction with engineers who understand a theory of system design and create

Warren Gaskill

FOUNDER OF RAPID IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATES, LLC IN 2001. Gaskill earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in Communciations from the University of Illinois. Gaskill had over 20 years experience as a writer and editor for daily newspapers in Tennessee, Connecticut and Wisconsin before moving into consulting in strategic planning in the 1990s. Gaskill has worked with a wide range of clients nationally in planning, and has more recently focused his attention on speeding environmental improvement.

What They Say

“From the moment we began our partnership we have met nothing but highly professional expertise & personal collegiality. Through use of the outstanding online platform, a detailed action plan, bi-monthly webinars and tracking progress, our success has been truly remarkable.”
“The Energy Stewards platform has allowed EnergyNet students to easily and clearly see the impact their actions have on a building’s energy use. It’s the ability to see it with their own eyes that really engages our students.”
“Energy Stewards has provided significant value to the Mpower ChaMpions Program. It adds accountability, achievement and fosters peer to peer learning between the businesses.”

Energy In the News


Taking Action Now

Our blog highlights news of our project partners, important updates, and a range of suggestions to quicken the pace of energy improvement, helping you reduce the financial and environmental costs in your buildings.

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