Welcome to
The CHERP Network:

Driving Energy Efficiency
and Economic Recovery

5-Stage City Engagement Plan

CHERP has created a 5-Stage City Engagement Plan that solves the above problems and constraints:

Stage 1: City Discovery, Education and Goal-Setting Roundtables

Stage 2: Community Organizations and Core Group Round-up

Stage 3: Community Organization Presentations and Education

Stage 4: Communitywide Education Workshops

Stage 5: Advisory and Consulting to the On-going CHERP Mission

NOTE: Every community is unique. Each will engage in its own way and in its own sequence. The 5-Stage Engagement Plan is meant to be a general template to communicate the general strategic process. CHERP will help each city create its own unique sequence and priorities. For example: Depending on the interest level of particular individuals and organizations, CHERP can be launched from the Top-Down (with full city participation) or Bottom-Up by an interested core group of citizens, or in combination Top-Down/Bottom-Up (preferable).

Stage 1: City Discovery, Education and Goal-Setting Roundtables

Attendees: Key City Staff AND/OR Elected and Appointed Officials AND/OR Key Members of the Community interested in launching CHERP.

Format: CHERP to facilitate roundtable discussions to deliver the following outcomes...

  • Become educated in the benefits of energy efficiency technologies in buildings
  • Discover key issues affecting energy efficiency goals
  • Identify program champions within city staff and/or elected officials and/or  community members
  • Determine initial level of city involvement with CHERP
    • i. No endorsement but aware of our activity and neutral (not negative)
    • ii. No endorsement but aware of general details of our activity and have positive things to say when approached by inquiries or phone calls.
    • iii. Endorses our activities, is very aware of the details of our activities, and encourages public support and participation when approached by inquiries or phone calls.
    • iv. Actively endorses our activities by adding our events to website and outgoing communications
    • v. Is willing to have staff trained in our activities and the benefits of Energy Efficiency in buildings and willing to integrate educational efforts into planning and building dept. communications to the public
    • vi. City Council decides to set some Energy Efficiency goals for the City and is willing to devote some staff time for meeting with CHERP on a regular basis to assist in communications, data collection, collateral materials, and possibly directing some block grant or general funds to the effort.
  • Create an “Endorsement Statement” (City)  or Plan of Action for CHERP Launch

Stage 2: Community Organizations and Core Group Round-up

Attendees/Format: Individuals and organizations identified above (c.) will join together as a Core Group in a workshop to jointly discuss and design your particular community-wide CHERP initiative with the following goals...

  • Deeply educate the Core Group in the benefits and procedures of retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency
  • Determining the best methods of marketing and educating the community in the power of energy efficiency
  • Determining methods to incentivize energy efficiency retrofits in homes
  • Decide which CHERP Initiatives can be applied to your city and prioritize the roll-out
  • Aligning Best-of-Class home performance and solar contractors, and appropriate manufacturers
  • Set launch goals and designate key people to champion various aspects of CHERP

Stage 3:  Community Organization Presentations and Education

Attendees: Key Organization Staff and membership within a specific organization (i.e., Rotary Club, League of Women Voters, etc.); CHERP recommends the goal of targeting a minimum of 5 community organizations for initial education and presentation of the opportunity for engagement with CHERP.

Format: CHERP will be lead presenter, and will relate education and discussion to the specific organization in the following key areas of discussion...

  • Energy efficiency education and its benefits for the community
  • Opportunities for discussion about the Organization’s mission, and its relationship to sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Opportunities for raising funds for their organization while participating in helping the city achieve energy efficiency goals

Stage 4: Communitywide Education Workshops

Attendees/Format: Once the initiative and plan has been defined, rollout community-wide energy efficiency workshops through City, grassroots marketing and word-of-mouth promotion to homeowners by each of the sponsoring organizations and the City.  The workshops will deliver...

  • 4 reasons why energy is at the heart of the matter
  • Global and state challenges around the issues of energy
  • Power of energy efficiency and its high return on investment for homeowners and local communities
  • Exciting new technologies available to us through building science
  • 10 major benefits to homeowners through energy efficiency retrofits
  • How cities can meet their energy goals through energy efficiency retrofits
  • How attendees can become meaningful members of CHERP and sign up for energy assessments

Stage 5: Advisory and Consulting to the On-going CHERP Mission

Format: On an as-needed basis, CHERP will remain accessible to assist in troubleshooting any issues affecting your city’s CHERP network and aiding the Core Group with decisions that impact future growth.  CHERP will share Best Practices from other CHERP networks and City initiatives through email updates, webinars, the website, and Peer-to-Peer Corps Group Roundtables as opportunities arise.

Call us for more information on how this 5-Stage City Engagement Plan can be designed to fit your objectives, and how CHERP can facilitate and advise you to be successful at each stage of engagement.