With a focus on energy and water, Southface partners with nonprofits to identify areas where cost savings can occur. After completing the application and pre-assessment, the process begins with a facilities assessment that provides Southface with an understanding of how your building runs. Once energy and water baselines are created and recommendations made, Southface works hand-in-hand with each organization’s designated Green Champion to prioritize and implement improvements.
Interested in becoming a partner of GoodUse? Here’s how it works:
Application & Building Survey
Interested nonprofits must complete the eligibility survey and application in order to be considered for the program. Providing Southface with organizational background and building information allows us to understand your facility and provide in-house resources that fit your needs most effectively. Before moving on to the next step, Southface engineers will assist you with tracking your energy and water use through Energy Star Portfolio Manager.1
On-Site Facilities Assessment
Southface engineers execute a building assessment through the lens of a building scientist. During the onsite assessment, engineers collect measurements such as building envelope, water and electricity use, mechanical systems, plumbing systems and more to identify low-cost, high-win recommendations for upgrades to your facility.2
Once the on-site facility assessment and benchmarking phases are complete, your organization will receive a customized assessment report that includes suggestions for facility upgrades. Your organization will select from a list of projects to pursue grant funding. Once a project is selected, Southface partners with your organization on bid selection, project management and implementation. Your organization will have a 12-month period in which to complete project implementation.3
Data Collection & Final Inspection
Once project implementation is complete, Southface engineers will complete a final on-site assessment of your facility to ensure proper installation and performance of the recommended projects. Finally, focusing on long-term impact, Southface collaborates with your organization to continually measure success after project implementation. Nurturing these partnerships means sustainable results for the communities nonprofits serve.4
Survey & Application
Interested in becoming a GoodUse partner? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility Requirements and then complete our eligibility survey by clicking on the Apply button below to see if your organization is a good fit.
“Getting the assessment done; having someone come in and think more comprehensively was right on time for us. It makes you feel confident about your next steps.”