The Sustainable Operations (SO) Group at Berkeley Lab helps organizations achieve their energy savings and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals by considering a combination of factors in behavior, policy, and technology. We pioneered a framework for institutional change that shapes many of our programs and projects. With this framework, organizations establish processes of continual improvement that can lead to sustained energy and cost savings.
Five-Step Framework for Institutional Change
The SO Group created a five-step framework (hereafter “the framework”) for institutional change that helps organizations formalize a process for continual improvement. We help integrate this conceptual framework in large organizations, private companies, and beyond.
This worksheet shows how to apply this framework to your organization.
Through the use of this framework, Berkeley Lab's SO Group works with state and federal agencies as well as private corporations and NGOs to help establish a standard for organizational solutions for efficient and effective energy use. This can be completed through the implementation of energy management systems and the procurement of green technologies.
The SO Group conducts research at the nexus of behavioral science and energy management to find pathways to better energy performance and establish a process for institutional change. We believe that organizations, whether businesses, non-profits or government entities, present complex ecosystems for decision making in which the dynamics of individual behavior are compounded by multiple, often competing roles and objectives. Through the implementation of energy management systems (EnMS) and continual improvement cycles, we help organizations achieve effective institutional change.
This report introduces the conceptual framework behind energy-saving strategies in federal agencies and beyond. This guide includes the foundation for the “Roles, Rules, and Tools” framework and the eight social science principles for institutional change.