All of this data can be presented in the form of charts and graphs, which you can slice and dice to your liking. Thus, you could track energy consumption and carbon-emission trends over time throughout your organizations or at a specific facility.
I should stress that I am using energy consumption and carbon emissions as an example. The system can be used to track just about anything, such as paper consumption, water consumption, waste, and costs.
Matching projects with goals
So looking back at the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 20 percent over five years, the next step would be to devise an action plan. ecoGovernance provides a means for people throughout an organization to propose projects to achieve a goal (or multiple goals). The appropriate decision makers can review the proposed projects and rate them by how closely they meet said goals.
For example, one company might find from its data-gathering that much of its carbon emissions come from its high-density datacenters. Thus, server virtualization/consolidation projects might earn a high rating for meshing with the overall goal of carbon-footprint reduction. Meanwhile, a second company might have a small datacenter -- but its employees might fly frequently, resulting in a large quantity of travel-related carbon emissions. In that case, the company might determine that a telepresence project would prove a more effective means of cutting emissions than would a consolidation project. The telepresence project might earn a rating of 18 for cutting carbon and a score of 5 for consolidation.
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Projects needn't be as large in scope as those I've mentioned. They could include adjusting the temperature in a datacenter or office, or requiring employees to power down their systems at night.
Notably, a green project may very well have more than one goal. A company's main sustainability objective might be to cut carbon, but the organization might also have other objectives, such as reducing costs, garnering media and customer attention, boosting productivity, or bolstering employee morale. For each overall objective a company seeks to achieve, it would assign a rating to a proposed project in ecoGovernance.