2011 National Performance Measures: Environmental Stewardship Focus Area

Grants in the Environmental Stewardship Focus Area will include programs that protect human health and the health of ecosystems by conserving natural resources and restoring the nation’s air, water, and land. Environmental Stewardship programs may include activities that encourage organizations and individuals to use energy efficiently and utilize cost-effective renewable energy technologies; minimize waste disposal; restore watersheds and aquatic ecosystems; improve at-risk public use lands; restore critical wildlife habitat; increase soil stabilization and quality; mitigate the environmental consequences of disasters; and promote environmental sustainability.

Select a Measure:

Applicants selecting output measure EN1 must also select outcome measure EN7.

  • EN 1: Number of housing units of low-income households and structures weatherized or retrofitted to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions
  • EN 7: Annual energy usage reduction for housing units and structures from weatherizing and retrofitting (in units)

Applicants selecting output measure EN2, EN3, EN4, EN5, or EN6 must also develop an aligned self-determined outcome measure.

  • EN 2: Number of low-income households home and public building energy audits conducted
  • EN 3: Number of students and youth receiving education or training in energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious practices, including but not limited to sustainable energy and other natural resources, and sustainable agriculture
  • EN 4: Number of acres of national parks, state parks, city parks, county parks, or other public lands and tribal communities that are cleaned or improved
  • EN 5: Number of miles of trails or rivers (owned/maintained by national, state, county, city governments or tribal communities) that are cleaned, improved, and/or created
  • EN 6: Number of tons of materials collected and recycled

Measures:

Measure EN 1: (must also select EN7): Number of housing units of low-income households and structures weatherized or retrofitted to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator:(i) The number of housing units of low-income households weatherized or retro-fitted to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Weatherization/retrofitted: See the U.S. Department of Energy. Helpful information can be found at the following links: Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (WAPTAC) or Energy Savers
      • Weatherization –Modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and costs and optimize energy efficiency. Whole-house weatherization includes the installation of modern energy-saving heating and cooling equipment and looks at how the house performs as a system.
      • Retrofit - An energy conservation measure applied to an existing building or the action of improving the thermal performance or maintenance of a building.
    • Housing Unit: single family home, mobile home, apartment unit, each side of duplex would count as 1.
    • Structures: Shelters, such as homeless shelters or emergency shelters operated by nonprofit or public organizations; each structure would count as 1.
    • Low income: 200% of poverty or the updated level as found at: WAPTAC
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Count only those units/structures where the work was fully completed as evidenced by a Certificate of Occupancy; where not required, get a written statement from resident or owner or some other certification of completion.
  • NOTE: U.S. Department of Energy has training programs, definitions, and tools to assist in these efforts. Your program is not required to exactly match the way that DOE provides weatherization but we encourage you to create programs that reflect “the spirit of” the DOE programs.

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Measure EN 7: Annual energy usage reduction for housing units and structures from weatherizing and retrofitting (in units).

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (ii) annual energy costs (to determine savings in those costs) at facilities where participants have provided service.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Weatherization –Modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and costs and optimize energy efficiency. Whole-house weatherization includes the installation of modern energy-saving heating and cooling equipment and looks at how the house performs as a system.
    • Retrofit - An energy conservation measure applied to an existing building or the action of improving the thermal performance or maintenance of a building.
    • More information about energy-saving strategies can be found at: Energy Savers
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Numerator for Measure EN1.
    • Report expected MMBTUs (Million British Thermal Units) saved based on the calculations of the database that you select. Some energy saved will be in kilowatt hours; convert those to BTUs before reporting.
      1. Convert all energy saved into BTUs (British Thermal Units) Information for converting from kilowatt hours to BTUs. 1 kilowatt hour = 3,413 BTUs
      2. Convert all BTUs into MMBTUs 1 MMBTU = 1,000,000 BTUs 39 - 10/25/2010 Select an energy audit/weatherization software tool that calculates expected energy saved based on the changes that you make to the home/structure. The software tool should take into account things like geographic location and degree days as well as features of the structure.
    • The U.S. Department of Energy recommends use of a software tool rather than use of energy bills because we cannot be sure that the changes on the energy bills are strictly a result of the changes made to the home/structure. The resident may have changed their behavior or the weather could have been different.
    • While you are not required to use either of these software tools, there are two available for free from the U.S. Department of Energy:
      1. The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) for homeowners and renter, and Home Energy Saver pro (HESpro) for building professionals, empowers users to save money and help the earth by reducing energy use in homes. HESpro currently has limited functionality, but will be changing a great deal in the coming months. HES recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. HES computes a home's energy use online based on models and data developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. All end uses (heating, cooling, water heating, major appliances, small appliances, and lighting) are included. HES generates a list of energysaving upgrade recommendations for the user's consideration.
      2. Weatherization Assistant is an energy audit software tool developed for the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Weatherization Assistant contains theNational Energy Audit Tool (NEAT) for sitebuilt single-family houses and the Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA) for mobile homes. In addition, Version 8 of the Weatherization Assistant provides expanded optional capabilities that are useful in implementing and administering weatherization programs, including agency-related contact information, client data intake, recording of health and safety issues, recording of diagnostic measurements, work orders, status tracking, simplified cost accounting, inventory control, report generation, site mapping, and digital photo storage. Weatherization Assistant is free software that can be downloaded from this site: WAPTAC.

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Measure EN 2: Number of low-income households home and public building energy audits conducted.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (iii) Conducting energy audits for low-income households and recommending ways for the households to improve energy efficiency.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Home: single family home, mobile home, apartment unit, each side of duplex would count as 1.
    • Public building: buildings owned by public entities and used to serve the public; might include public schools, local/state/national government buildings.
    • Energy Audit: See U.S. Dept. of Energy information for suggested definition WAPTAC
    • Low income: 200% of poverty or the updated level as found at: WAPTAC
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • U.S. Dept. of Energy provides some tracking tools. May create own tracking mechanism.
  • NOTE: This may be the first step toward weatherization. It is an activity recommended by the DOE to determine what weatherization/energy improvement strategies would be best suited for each home/structure. Your program is not required to exactly match the way that DOE provides energy audits but we encourage you to create programs that reflect “the spirit of” the DOE programs.

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Measure EN 3: Number of students and youth receiving education or training in energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious practices, including but not limited to sustainable energy and other natural resources, and sustainable agriculture.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (iii) the number of students and youth receiving education or training in energy-efficient and environmentally conscious practices.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Students and youth: People under the age of 25 or those enrolled in educational institutions, including post-secondary institutions.
    • Education or Training: May be one-time or an on-going series; cannot just be distribution of pamphlets or information available on a web-site; should have learning objectives; may be in person or through a web-based interface.
    • Energy-efficient and environmentally conscious practices: U.S. Dept. of Energy has some suggested materials.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Count of each individual student/youth participating in the training. Some students/youth may attend multiple trainings but they should only be counted once. If providing the training through the classroom training, count the students/youth present not just those enrolled. If providing the training through a school assembly, get the best estimate from school officials of the number in attendance.
    • Sign-in or attendance sheets from education/training sessions when possible. Tracking needs to enable unduplicated count when possible.

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Measure EN 4: Number of acres of national parks, state parks, city parks, county parks, or other public lands and tribal communities that are cleaned or improved.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (iv) (I) The number of acres of national parks, State parks, city parks, county parks, or other public lands, that are cleaned or improved.
    • SAA Activity: (vii) Renewing and rehabilitating national and State parks and forests, city parks, county parks and other public lands, and trails owned and maintained by the Federal Government or a State, including planting trees, carrying out reforestation, carrying out forest health restoration measures, carrying out erosion control measures, fire hazard reduction measures, and rehabilitation and maintenance of historic sites and structures through the national park system, and providing trail enhancements, rehabilitation, and repairs.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Count of number of acres that are either cleaned or improved. Count each acre that is either cleaned or improved only once during the program year. It may be necessary to both clean and improve the same acre, but it counts only once. It may be necessary to clean and acre more than once, but it should be counted only once. Only count the acres that are actually cleaned/improved; do not count the entire park/land area unless your project cleans/improves the entire area.
    • Tracking document or thank you note from entity that owns the area cleaned/improved.

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Measure EN 5: Number of miles of trails or rivers (owned/maintained by national, state, county, city governments or tribal communities) that are cleaned, improved, and/or created.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (iv)(II) The number of acres of forest preserves, or miles of trails or rivers, owned or maintained by the Federal Government or a State, that are cleaned or improved.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • Trails: For walking, running, biking, or horses.
    • Rivers: For swimming, boating, fishing, or other forms of water-based recreation.
    • Cleaned: Cleared of unnatural debris such as litter, hazardous waste, etc.
    • Improved: Cleared of natural debris (such as fallen trees/limbs), made safer, etc.
    • Created: Implementing safety measures, making handicapped accessible, or environmental protection measures such as boardwalks, grading, trail-blazing, converting a railroad bed to a trail, etc. that make trails newly available.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Count of miles of trails or rivers that are cleaned, improved, and/or created. Count each mile only once during the program year. Count the area on/in the trail/river and immediately next to the trail/river. It may be necessary to clean or improve the same mile of trail/river more than once but include in count only once.
    • Tracking documents and/or acknowledgement of receipt of services.

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Measure EN 6: Number of tons of materials collected and recycled.

  • References/Authority:
    • SAA Indicator: (vi) Assisting in the development of local recycling programs.
  • Definition of Key Terms:
    • See the following link at the Environmental Protection Agency for helpful information on recycling.
    • 1 Ton = 2,000 pounds.
    • Collected: Materials may be brought to your program or your program may collect them from places that would otherwise not benefit from free recycling programs.
    • Recycled: Your program may deliver them to a reputable recycling site or may recycle the materials directly; recycling includes a variety of techniques including composting, re-using, and take back programs in addition to programs typically called recycling.
  • How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data:
    • Count of tons of materials collected AND recycled; both steps must be performed to count. Use the EPA volume translator to add up the number of pounds of materials collected and recycled. Then perform the following calculation to get number of tons: # of pounds/2,000 = # of tons.
    • EPA has suggested tracking methods.

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