The Waste Reduction and Technology Transfer Foundation

Assessment Process


  For those clients who are interested in an on-site waste reduction or energy use assessment, the process is as follows:
  1. An Interested organization submits a request for an assessment.
  2. Based on discussions with the organization's representative, an assessor team leader may determine that a pre-assessment visit will be helpful and will schedule this visit at a mutually convenient time. Pre-assessment visits are not always necessary, but may be scheduled if the type of business, industry, or facility is unusual or very complex. The purpose of this visit is to gather enough facts about the facility and its operations to properly assemble a subsequent assessment team. Pre-assessment visits usually consist of a brief tour of the facility and a short discussion of operations, and may take one to three hours.
  3. The assessment visit will be scheduled at a time mutually convenient for both the company and assessment team members. This visit will consist of a thorough walk-through of the facilities and sufficient discussion with staff to identify the most useful pollution prevention or waste reduction opportunities. The time required for an assessment visit depends on the size and complexity of the facility, and can range from a couple of hours (for a small auto repair shop, for instance) to a few days (for a complex, multiple site manufacturing plant). Prior to the assessment visit, the team leader will probably request that the organization provide the last 12 months' utility bills to facilitate an analysis of energy saving opportunities. Other information that may be requested by the team could include a floor plan, flow diagrams of processes, and any available lists of known wastes or by-products.
  4. Upon completion of the assessment visit, the assessors may meet with facility representatives in an exit interview to discuss their initial impressions and clarify various details about operations and processes.
  5. After the assessment visit is complete, a written report is prepared, with specific recommendations for waste reduction, pollution prevention, energy conservation, and cost-savings. The report will be sent to the company or organization approximately four to six weeks after the assessment visit. Only two copies of the report will be prepared; one is sent to the facility and the other is maintained by the WRATT Foundation for use in subsequent discussions, and in case any questions arise from the company at a future date. No one, except the client organization and the retirees who wrote the report, will see the report unless the client organization specifically wishes it otherwise.
  6. A week or so after the assessment report is sent to the client organization, a follow-up phone call will be made to determine if they have had an opportunity to read the report and to answer any questions they may have. If any inaccuracies or misunderstandings have been identified in the report, these will be corrected and a revised report issued.
  7. At intervals (approximately six months, one year, and two years) after the report has been issued, WRATT assessors will contact the organization in follow-up phone calls or site visits, if requested, to evaluate the usefulness of the report recommendations, to answer any questions that may have arisen in evaluating or implementing the recommendations, and to provide other information as appropriate.



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