Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), AT&T and the Global Environmental Management Institute (GEMI) have developed a set of tools and resources that can help organizations build their own program to reduce water and energy use in buildings—and save money in the process.
The full suite of water efficiency tools and resources includes:
The EDF-GEMI Water Management Application (WaterMAPP) is an Excel-based, multi-tabbed spreadsheet with two primary components:
- The Water Scorecard helps you assess your company's water efficiency and can be used to create visibility for water performance at facilities. The Water Scorecard Guide offers an overview of the score card concept, calculations used by AT&T in developing their first scorecard, and provides detailed information about how you could develop your own scorecard.
- The Water Efficiency Calculator estimates water and financial savings from cooling tower or free-air cooling improvements — key data for making the water-efficiency investment business case.
To build a robust water management program, it's essential to know where your water is being used. These sample water audit templates [PDF] will help you define the unique water profile of your building(s).
These two clear, easy to understand graphics can help you initiate the water conversation, drive awareness and encourage participation and support by employees at your organization: