SECTION 5:
FUTURE STRATEGIES PRIORITIZATION
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Linked to values.
Criteria identified can be linked to the City’s values and articulate
what is important for the CEAP to accomplish.
Non-redundant.
Criteria identified do not address overlapping aspects of the
projects. Redundant criteria would result in “double-counting” for that particular
aspect in the scoring process.
Independent.
Accomplishment of one criterion would not be dictated by any other
criterion.
Decision criteria used by other entities in similar prioritization efforts and knowledge of the
City’s and CEAP’s goals and objectives provided a guide for the Prioritization Team to
select and develop the following five decision criteria for use in scoring the projects:
Carbon Reduction Potential
Financially Responsible
Operational Impacts
Realistic / Implementable
Coordinates with Other Projects
Definitions of each decision criteria are show in Exhibit 6. The selected criteria are consistent
with the CEAP mission statement.
EXHIBIT 6
Selected Decision Criteria and Definitions
Decision Criteria Definition
Carbon Reduction
Potential
Potential to reduce from human sources the atmospheric gases that contribute to the
greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation produced by solar warming of the
Earth’s surface including: carbon dioxide (CO2); methane (CH4); nitrous oxide (NO2)
Financially
Responsible
Good use of public funds; considers capital and operating expenses; expressed by some
form of a benefit-cost analysis, payback analysis, net present value, and/or initial capital
outlay
Operational
Impacts
Operational changes that lead to increased energy efficiency - Reduction of amount
of energy required to provide products and services, most often achieved by adopting
a more efficient technology or process
Operational changes that lead to increased operating efficiency - Generate goods
and services from a fixed collection of inputs and/or costs
Stay within a range of a Department’s operating budget
Staff behavioral changes may be required
Realistic/
Implementable
Consistent with current operating patterns/paradigms; can be incorporated into the
way City does business without major impacts
Reasonable amount of staff time and effort to implement
Mature technology and market
Legal; meets regulatory requirements
Coordinates with
Other Projects
Can be a component of current or future projects
Common responsible parties; common internal or external partners