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Enhancing Communications [DOC-Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution]
the Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations and  Wisconsin State Employees Union
http://workingtogether.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=1216&locid=142

The institution was experiencing difficulty in communications up and down the chain. A lot of this was due to a lack of trust between labor and management in dealing with issues that occurred at the institution. Also, information that was being sent out was not always accurately transmitted to others.

Improve Recruitment and Retention [DVA- Wisconsin Veterans Home, King]
the Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations and  Wisconsin State Employees Union

http://workingtogether.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=1216&locid=142
Difficulty in recruitment and retention of nursing employees has placed an undue burden on existing staff. The hiring process is cumbersome and is not meeting the needs of the Home. It is felt changes need to be made to ensure the adequate recruitment of new personnel to meet the needs of the veterans served and the employees who serve those veterans.

Improve Training Variety and Quality Through a Collaborative Labor-Management Approach in Training Selection and Oversight [DOC-Waupun Correctional Institution]
A joint project by the Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations and  Wisconsin State Employees Union

http://workingtogether.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=1216&locid=142

Staff at Waupun Correctional Institution believed that the training that was being offered was not particularly useful and/or meaningful to their work. Staff expressed an interest in having a variety of training that would better address their training needs.

Alternate Officer Scheduling [DOC-Green Bay Correctional Institution]
A joint project by the Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations and  Wisconsin State Employees Union
http://workingtogether.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=1216&locid=142
We wanted to develop an alternate schedule for Officers to allow more time off on weekends but not increase overtime.

Reduction of Unanticipated Absences Among Youth Counselors [DOC-Southern Oaks Girls School]
A joint project by the Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations and  Wisconsin State Employees Union
http://workingtogether.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=1216&locid=142
Unanticipated absences of Youth Counselor staff with shift duties is inordinate. These absences result in unscheduled forces of remaining Youth Counselor staff utilizing the Local Agreement. While the Local Agreement rotates forces, staff were experiencing dissatisfaction in the constant force situations and burnout from the amount of overtime they must work. The staff most affected are Youth Counselors, at the 1, 2, and 3 classification levels. Initiation of the DJC Sick Leave Policy has resulted in sick leave monitoring. Ten percent of the staff have experienced monitoring, and all these staff have been in the Youth Counselor classification. The overtime generates a budget problem and Southern Oaks has not been within its allotted overtime budget once this fiscal year. The problem compounds in the fact that we are program revenue funded and the "snowballing" deficit will need to be balanced through management actions. The current DJC sick leave policy does not include effective means of targeting leave abuse of staff with rotating shift schedules, and does not include adequate incentives for staff to want to avoid unanticipated absences.
 
Saving Energy in Michigan's Schools Oakland University
Michigan Energy Office, Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth
http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/0,1607,7-122-25676---,00.html

Saving Energy in Michigan's Schools Westwood Community School District Hamilton J. Robichaud High School, Dearborn Heights
Tim Shireman
http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/0,1607,7-122-25676---,00.html
In 1995 and 1996, energy efficiency improvements made at the Hamilton J. Robichaud High School in Dearborn Heights reduced its energy costs by 25%. The primary energy reducer was the installation of energy efficient modular boilers to replace older, oversized models. Savings for the boiler upgrade alone accounted for a 27% reduction in natural gas costs.

Michigan Federal Facilities Saving Energy Projects
Tim Shireman
http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/0,1607,7-122-25676---,00.html
The Levin Federal Courthouse is a multi-story, 605,285 square foot, masonry building that was constructed in 1934 in Detroit. In 1999, the MI-FEMP Initiative completed an energy use analysis to gauge this building's energy consumption for the previous 12-month period. The total energy bill for that period was $629,842 with electricity
accounting for more than 70% or $457,832 of the bill. The initial audit identified many energy efficiency opportunities such as reducing electric loads by upgrading fan and pump motors to premium-efficiency models and optimizing chiller plant operation. Other opportunities were installing demand limit controls, reducing lighting use and improving cooling tower efficiency. Also, energy use reduction could be achieved by replacing disintegrated ductwork. The initial energy audit recommendations presented this facility with significant cost saving potential while suggesting many ways to improve building energy-using equipment and to increase occupant comfort.
 
Saving Energy Michigan's State Facilities Caro Regional Mental Health Center
Tim Shireman
Mental Health Center Uses Energy Cost Savings to Pay for Energy Improvements With an energy savings performance contract, the Caro Regional Mental Health Center made energy efficiency building improvements that are guaranteed to yield almost $1 million in avoided natural gas and power expenses during the first 5 years.
 
Saving Energy in Michigan's Schools Kalamazoo Public Schools Installation of District-Wide Controls System
Tim Shireman
http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/0,1607,7-122-25676---,00.html
A federal grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy assisted Kalamazoo Public Schools in funding the DDC controls upgrade and additional measures. Although this program is no longer available, the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services, Energy Office (EO) has developed a low-cost financing program to allow all public schools in Michigan to obtain financing for energy improvements.
 
Lake Superior State University Obtaining ENERGY STAR Status
Michigan Energy Office, Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth
http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/0,1607,7-122-25676---,00.html
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) is a small public university located in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. Jim Teunas, a Lead Account Executive for Johnson Controls, approached LSSU with the idea of fixing some of the campus infrastructure problems and getting ahead of the deferred maintenance curve while realizing substantial energy savings and positively impacting the campus marketing initiatives with an ENERGY STAR partnership.

New York Avenue Metro Station, Washington DC
The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
http://www.ncppp.org/
Prior to the addition of the New York Avenue Metro Station, the Washington, DC, Metro system bypassed an urban, economically underdeveloped neighborhood known as NoMa, for its location north of Massachusetts Avenue. The neighborhood is home to Gallaudet University and the major roadways of New York and Florida Avenues and North Capitol Street, but a stagnant local economy and inadequate transportation facilities stunted its economic growth and development. Recognizing the potential for economic development and an improved tax base in the area, the local and federal government along with community and business leaders initiated a process for promotion of a public-private partnership with area business interests to leverage investment in a new Metro station. The partnership devised a plan under which the construction costs would be shared by the public and private sectors. The New York Avenue Station opened for service on November 20, 2004, as the first in the DC Metrorail station to be built with a mix of public and private funds.

Gresham, Oregon Wastewater Treatment Plant
The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
http://www.ncppp.org/
Built in 1936 as a WPA project, the Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant has been contractually-managed and operated since 1980. The plant serves 106,000 people living within the City of Gresham and in surrounding suburbs. Nearing the conclusion of the plant’s then-current contract, Gresham staff evaluated the contractor’s performance and the future needs of the City in 2004. Under consideration was plant efficiency, asset management and the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements. After competitively bidding the project in 2004, the City chose Veolia Water for its innovative proposal and ability to provide technologically-advanced asset management. Further advancing the City’s green initiatives was Veolia Water’s addition of a cogeneration power plant, which converts byproduct greenhouse gas (methane) into energy to power the treatment plant.

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