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GRITS Guide Overview

GRITS is an energy efficiency and sustainability project management platform that facilitates project selection, savings tracking, and reporting on energy, financial, and carbon data. If you’d like to connect with a member of the GRITS team, please reach out to

GRITS is divided into ten main sections:

  • The Dashboard displays aggregate data about your projects including key financial metrics, cumulative project savings, annual expenditures, and recently modified projects.
  • The Settings page (formerly called the Institution Profile) contains information about your institution and financial assumptions that are used in certain calculations on your Project Detail pages. This page also lets you customize the units of energy/water/waste displayed by GRITS and create custom resource price scenarios and emissions factors to apply to your projects. You can access the Settings page by clicking on your institution’s name at the top of the screen.
  • The Facilities tab is where you add the campuses/sites and buildings that belong to your institution and view those previously created.
  • The Projects tab is where you enter new projects and view those previously created. It also displays various metrics that describe your projects’ collective impact. By clicking on a project, the user is brought to the Project Detail page.

    • The Project Detail page displays all of the data associated with an individual project. You’ll see all the information you entered when creating the project as well as its financial and environmental impacts, which are calculated by GRITS.
  • The Consumption tab is where you can record your historical carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, or waste production data at the institution-wide, campus/site, or facility scale. This data is incorporated into the resource reduction goals you create on the Goals tab.
  • The Library displays projects marked with the “Completed” status from all institutions using GRITS, allowing others users to compare their work and gather project ideas. It is similarly organized to the Projects tab, with several filters on the left side of the page. Please note that access to the Library varies depending on your level of GRITS access.
  • The People tab displays all the people from your institution with access to GRITS and their account access level. “Primary” level users can create additional log-ins on this page.
  • The Reports tab allows you to make graphs and charts based on individual and aggregate project data, export data to Excel, and print out hard copies. Please note that access to the Reports tab varies depending on your level of GRITS access.
  • The Goals tab is where you can build climate action or sustainability master plan models or track an existing plan’s impacts by assembling your projects into resource reduction scenarios at the institution-wide, campus/site, or facility scale.