The Challenge & Opportunity of Energy Efficiency & Environmental Sustainability
The Challenge & Opportunity

Economic uncertainty in the United States and flucuating energy costs over the past several years have combined to put great pressure on faith-based organizations, businesses, industry, and public sector organizations throughout the State of Illinois.    
Most organizations are not fully aware of the impact of energy costs on overall operating cost whether in the commercial, industrial, or public sectors.  By effectively managing energy costs, there is a great opportunity to improve the “bottom line” and, hence, the viability and financial position of businesses and organizations in each of these sectors.

Three Key Goals

Utilivate has successfully worked with over 1,000 organizations in recent months to achieve the following goals:

  • Financial:  Achieve energy savings without harming working conditions and enable the organization to spend a greater proportion of its budget on cost connected to its core business or organization function.  Utilivate has helped unlock immediate and sustained energy savings of 33% and more using its "Whole Enterprise" approach.

  • Environmental:  Practice concern for the environment by increasing energy efficiency, reducing pollution from the use of fuels, and reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions; all, while increasing comfort levels for building occupants

  • Cultural/Societal:  Utilize change management techniques to happily engage key stakeholders from the "whole enterprise" to ensure immediate and sustained adoption of energy conservation practices.

Business Tools & Processes

Utilivate's proprietary, core business tools underpin its energy management services and facilitate exceptional performance and service delivery:

  • ADOPT Innovation Management Process:  A proprietary approach to identify, manage, and solve complex energy efficiency and broader business challenges using a customized and integrated stage/gate innovation management methodology.  The process ensures that critical business/strategic, technical, market, legal, financial, and political/regulatory questions that will impact the successful outcome of challenging projects are asked and answered at key stages of the assignment.

  • Project Management Office (PMO):  Our Center of Excellence targets internal business processes and organizational project management as part of an ongoing effort to achieve operational excellence and, in turn, true customer delight.  The industry standard, PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) is used in conducting the ADOPT PMO activities.

  • E-Business Infrastructure:  A web-based innovation/project management system is used by Utilivate staff to plan and manage projects and report on progress towards deliverables.  Clients have on-line access to clear graphical, tabular, and textual updates on progress towards goals. 
Credentials / Certifications / Leadership

Utilivate, as a corporation, and its staff and leadership have earned industry-recognized credentials and certifications that clearly surpasses:

  • Credentials:  Utilivate team members have earned Professional Engineer (PE) status and the following national credentials as certified by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE):  Certified Energy Energy (CEM) and  Certified Building Commissioning Professional.  Further, staff have completed U. S. Department of Energy Superior Energy Performance training.

  • Certifications:  Minority Business Enterprise – M/DBE (State of Illinois, County of Cook, City of Chicago), HubZone (Federal), SBA 8a (in process).  Approved Vendor (Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools).

  • Leadership:    Marlon McClinton, Founder and President & CEO of Utilivate Technologies, leads a team of ten energy management and other professionals.  Marlon leverages over twenty five years of experience and leadership in energy management, R&D performance, executive management, and product commercialization for the energy/utility industry.

    As creator of Utilivate’s Whole Enterprise Approach to strategic energy management, Marlon has helped many organizations throughout Illinois and the United States achieve sharp reductions in electricity and natural gas usage. 

    Marlon, as an appointee of Governor Rauner, serves on the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB).  Marlon also serves on the Illinois Energy Learning Exchange and is a member of the IWIB’s Disadvantaged Youth Task Force.  In addition, Marlon has been named to the University of Illinois at Chicago Master of Energy Engineering Advisory Council.

    Marlon has earned his BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois, MS in Materials Science from Northwestern University, and MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  Marlon is a sought-after lecturer on sustainable energy performance and the business transformation process.