40 percent of the total energy consumption in the U.S. comes from buildings alone. The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit working to improve energy efficiency in buildings throughout the U.S. and abroad, primarily through reinforcing the link between a building’s energy efficiency and its financial savings and value.
In order to embark on its new initiative with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to help 10 U.S. cities develop customized energy efficiency plans, IMT needed to find a way for employees across the country to collaborate and access the same files in real time. IMT’s outdated server, though imperfect, served the organization’s basic needs as a very small nonprofit. However, IMT needed something more robust to support the remote workers expected to join them through this new program.
Together with 501cTECH, IMT evaluated the many options they had for storing and maintaining information. Deciding it would be better to invest in forward-thinking technology rather than a traditional approach, IMT opted to move their files to Box, a cloud-based service that would allow employees to access the same information from any location, instead of purchasing another physical server and adding on remote access software for each staff member.
- Advising IMT on information management strategy (i.e. physical server vs. virtual, cloud-based)
- Guiding IMT through the process of transferring data to Box
- Establishing set of best practices for moving and maintaining data on the Box server
With its information now safely and accessibly stored on Box, IMT launched the City Energy Project, a joint initiative with NRDC that will support innovative, practical solutions to cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce pollution. Over the next years, with the help of these two organizations, each of the ten participating cities will craft and carry out a plan for monitoring and incentivizing energy efficiency in large buildings.
- Anticipated annual decrease of $1 billion in energy spending
- Expected to reduce pollution by the equivalent of 1 million passenger vehicles each year