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The Second Step in a Structured Approach to Energy Efficiency Implementation- Building an Effective Team

Once you have taken the first step – engaging your energy sponsor – you can now move to the next step: building your energy team.
I’m sure most of you have been a part of a team at some point; whether it be a sports team or a work team. Most of the time, that team has a goal in mind…to achieve something specific. Everyone on that team wants to help achieve that specific goal and share in the success.
Now think about a work team. Have you ever been part of a team that aimed for greatness, but fell short of its’ potential? Maybe the group met often and talked a lot, but not much got done. This is a common problem.

Fortunately, this can be prevented by creating an effective team. In order to have a successful Energy Management program, your organization needs to have an effective energy team.

First, make sure you have the right people on board: that means an engaged executive sponsor, a passionate energy champion to lead the team, and empowered, committed members. Try to get a cross representation of your facility; this will ensure all areas feel a part of the team and program. team hands b4

Once the team is compiled, your team needs a shared sense of purpose to truly thrive. Create goals and operating guidelines to keep everyone in sync.
Have team roles and responsibilities is also an important factor in team success. Dedicate a team scribe, and an awareness and data champion. Include any other team roles you think will be important to accomplish team goals.

Finally, as you get down to business, learn to run focused and action oriented team meetings. Create specific action items that are tracked and measured. This will keep you accountable to each other and make sure tasks get accomplished in a timely fashion.

Implement these key elements and your team will achieve its’ goals, while also feeling empowered along the way.
Alright. Now go build your successful team and start working towards your energy goals!

The First Step in a Structured Approach to Energy Efficiency Implementation

Have you been thinking about starting an energy program? It’s a big commitment; but, if implemented properly, it can be a very profitable one. So once your organization gives the green light, make sure you follow a structured approach to begin this valuable program.
Strategic Energy Group (SEG), works with both Utilities and individual organizations to ensure this program implementation follows a structured approach. This structured approach is delivered in modules over a 12- 24 month timeframe and are designed to ensure organizations succeed.

costs b1One of the first, and perhaps the most important, steps to this program is gaining executive level sponsorship. If executive level support for your energy program stops with the initial approval, you program runs the risk of failure. Your program sponsor should be someone like the plant or facility manager, the superintendent, or the head person in your office.

What is the role of your sponsor? It is actually pretty simple. As you go throughout the implementation process, keep your executive sponsor engaged by scheduling recurring meetings and include them in program sessions and team meetings when available. Ensure that they sign the energy scope and policy, demonstrating support and then ask them to host an employee kick-off or add energy efficiency to important meeting agendas. Also, get approval for proposed improvements, asking your sponsor for suggestions and implementation ideas.

An involved executive sponsor will keep people on board and on track by adding a high level view of why this initiative is so important. And they can also ensure enough time and resources are provided to the team members.
In short, ensuring your sponsor is informed and involved, can guarantee that energy stays high on everyone’s priority list, and this can mean the difference between successful program implementation vs. creating a sustainable program.
So what are you waiting for? Go get your sponsor involved!