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.
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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
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.
"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
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
"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
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: