which could vary significantly from costs in the
Triangle region. In order to make the most
appropriate recommendations about the CEAP
potential actions, the Team agreed that using cost
information that was specific to the City of Raleigh
Operations would be most valuable.
Business Case Evaluations
The Team supported the application of a business case
evaluation (BCE) concept to the CEAP financial
evaluation process as an alternative approach. The
BCE approach provides a transparent framework for
making financially justifiable decisions that can be
correlated to both energy and carbon reduction, and
also provides tools to evaluate the tradeoffs between
capital replacement projects versus longer life-cycle
replacement projects.
Two of the highest scoring actions were selected as
examples to demonstrate the BCE process. The
process follows a standard format that can be applied
by the City staff to evaluate any of the CEAP actions.
The process can also be applied for capital
improvement projects (CIP) prioritization. The
potential actions evaluated were:
Utilize the Solid Waste Services
Department trucks and personnel to
collect recyclables in addition to outdoor
solid waste from the City’s parks
Problem statement:
A reduction in the number of
trips required each week for recyclables collection at
the City’s existing park facilities presents an