WHY WE CREATED GRITS


GRITS is a program of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. SEI launched GRITS in 2014 as part of its mission of mobilizing institutional leaders to invest in energy-efficiency focused climate solutions.

Every day, institutions are tackling projects that reduce resource consumption and save money by lowering utility bills. SEI created GRITS because no tool existed that allowed institutions to easily track and demonstrate a project’s significant energy, financial, and carbon benefits. Institutions can also access project performance data from peers as well as share their own data via the GRITS Library. GRITS is designed to be an affordable platform that offers numerous benefits over traditional spreadsheet tracking.

WIDE RANGE OF USERS


GRITS is used by a diverse range of more than 360 institutions across 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Institutional sectors presented include higher education, healthcare, K-12 schools, faith-based organizations, municipalities, and state governments.
FULL LIST OF USERS

GRITS TEAM


Aaron Karp – Director, GRITS

Arvel Hernandez – Developer

Kamene Ogidi – GRITS Fellow

Mark Orlowski – Executive Director and Founder

SUPPORTERS


The initial development, launch, and growth of GRITS would not have been possible without the generous support of the following foundations that provided grants to GRITS or related projects. Lead support was received from the Kresge Foundation and the High Meadows Foundation with additional support provided by the Barr Foundation, David Rockefeller Fund, Hull Family Foundation, John Merck Fund, Merck Family Fund, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Vervane Foundation, and the Wallace Global Fund.

PARTNERSHIPS


Many institutions access GRITS at a significantly reduced cost thanks to associations or other networks to which they belong. If your institution is part of an association or network that may be interested in providing GRITS access to their members,  contact us.

To learn more about our existing partnerships with APPA, MiAPPA, or grantees of the the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund please visit the partnerships section.