Fovea provides facilitation, data visualization, and scenario planning ("what if" forecasting) to higher education institutions and companies with corporate campuses. We help decision makers visually engage their team members about their current resource usage and facilities operations, where their "business as usual" policies are taking them, and how they might imagine, articulate and, most importantly, set in motion an alternative future that is right for their organization.

Our clients have leadership positions in the Business/Financial, Facilities, or Sustainability teams. We help them plan for the future, transition from the present, and leverage their experiences of the past.

We offer the following services:

Climate Planning

Over the past 5-10 years, most institutions have published one or more formal climate action plans with specific greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. However, many institutions have already implemented "low-hanging fruit" mitigation strategies. They are finding achieving deeper GHG reductions more elusive. Deeper reductions typically require major shifts in the institutions' overall energy strategy, changes that require institutions to grapple with complex decision making.

Fovea has over a decade of experience working with organizations in the area of Climate Action Planning (CAP). Based on this experience, Fovea has developed a suite of packaged and customized services, processes, tools, and online reports to help institutions navigate the complexity around carbon planning. The goal: help campuses accelerate to implementing real solutions.

Elements of Fovea:CAP

 

  • Forecast Your Business-as-Usual
  • Compare to Your Peers
  • Quantify Potential for GHG and Financial Savings
  • Consider a Comprehensive Set of Solutions
  • Design a Cost-effective GHG Mitigation Portfolio
  • Understand Your Risk and Uncertainty

Fovea:CAP Report

The Fovea:CAP report is a key deliverable for all of our Climate Action planning engagements. This communication tool can help focus discussions with internal staff, contextualize recommendations to senior leadership, and provide visually rich data vignettes that can be included into formal published reports.

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"I recommend this team because of the skills and capability of the team leaders, their quick and thorough ability to engage a diverse assortment of stakeholders, and the breadth and depth of expertise they bring to the process."

John C. Lawyer / Case Western Reserve University
Associate VP, Campus Planning & Facilities Management

Resource Planning

Facility managers that are responsible for maintaining reliable and affordable energy services will often engage in formal utility master planning or integrated resource planning processes, vital planning practices to maintain university or corporate campuses. Utility master plans and integrated resource plans are typically performed by engineering and traditional energy consulting firms with the oversight of campus staff. Fovea serves as a critical partner to this team, helping to lead planning-level modeling and forecasting efforts. Fovea’s role is to translate the often dense technical analysis into easy-to-understand scenarios of possible futures. This allows partner firms to stay focused on their area of expertise and provides decision makers with a deeper understanding of their available options giving the team greater confidence in the strategic paths forwards.

Elements of Resource Planning

 

  • Business-as-Usual Reference Case (BAU)
  • Energy Demand Forecasting
  • Integrated Energy Modeling
  • Financial Forecasting and Sensitivity Analysis
  • Rate Design / Cost of Service Analysis
  • Risk and Opportunity

Before you can change directions, you need to know where you are currently heading. Using your history, current policies, and best available planning information, we create a forecast of where your business-as-usual policies will take you. The BAU serves as a foundational scenario that helps ground your team in a common understanding your campus’s energy future.

How will changes to your building stock, your campus population, and your regional weather impact your demand for energy? Demand forecasts can range from quick order-of-magnitude projections to more data intensive aggregations of building-level hourly models provided by our engineering partners.

Given a campus’ energy demand forecast and an inventory of supply assets, what is required to supply reliable energy services? We help quantify baseload capacity, peak capacity, purchased fuel, and purchased utility requirements as well as the capital and operational expenses required to maintain or replace major equipment near the end of their useful lives.

To understand the financial implications of a given strategy, one should have a granular understanding of the financial aspects that comprise the strategy. Our forecasts consider capital expenditures, operational expenses, purchased commodities, and carbon pricing. Using likely ranges for multiple variables, our sensitivity analyses help you find strategies that will work in a variety of possible futures.

Fovea uses best practices developed by the regulated utility industry to help campuses create a rate structure for providing energy services to campus users. Campuses that have cost recovery policies that match their true costs send more accurate price signals and more effectively promote rational and efficient behavior.

Fovea facilitates workshops, processes, and visualization tools to help leaders achieve institutions’ energy and facilities goals as well as anticipate and mitigate high-impact events.

"The power of modeling is in the collaboration for decision making and the consensus it builds towards decisions that are best for the university. The process has brought a deeper understanding of the complexity of the decisions from all different perspectives."

Kathy Lindahl / Michigan State University
Assistant Vice President for Finance and Operations

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Master Planning

Campus architects and planning departments that are responsible for designing attractive, functional and sustainable campuses will often engage in a formal campus master planning process every 5-10 years. This effort is spearheaded by a project team comprised of an architectural firm and supporting planning engineers and consultants. Fovea supports master planning project teams with modeling and visualization services focused on utility planning and carbon mitigation. Here is how Fovea can support your Master Planning efforts:

Elements of Master Planning

 

  • Growing Campuses Have Growing Utility Demands
  • Supporting a Cross-Functional Team
  • Ongoing Refinement

Fovea, in collaboration with our engineering partners, provides long-range, planning-level, utility demand forecasts. These forecasts help campus planners understand the energy, water, and greenhouse gas implications of multiple potential campus futures.

One of Fovea’s key roles in campus master planning projects is to help bridge the communication gap that often exists between the campus architectural and planning department and the engineering and facilities department. Our facilitation services, data visualization, and scenario analysis help team members and stakeholders from all disciplines create a shared understanding of possible options on the planning horizon.

We have all seen 200-page planning reports that are obsolete before the ink is dry. Fovea offers flexible, ongoing support services to provide campuses with critical analysis long after the “plan” has been published. This allows institutions to continue leveraging the hard work that has gone into formal 5-to-10 year master planning efforts with practical, flexible, and ongoing insights.

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