+ the Center for Sustainable Energy: Nonprofit Innovation for a Sustainable World

For over ten years, Box has helped organizations of all sizes do more with the information they create, collect and share. One of them, a nonprofit called the Center for Sustainable Energy, (CSE) operates across the clean energy spectrum, from boots-on-the-ground applications and market development to stakeholder engagement and policy guidance. They are a trusted, convening organization, whose results-oriented approach brings the right people to the table and provides knowledge and confidence to end users to drive adoption of sustainable energy technologies. Today, I'm thrilled to share how the CSE is innovating with the Box platform to power a cloud-based document submission and review process as part of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).

Funded by the California Air Resources Board, CVRP promotes the adoption of new zero-emission vehicles, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles. Powered by the Box platform, the new online process for submitting supporting documents has decreased the time between initial rebate application submission and receiving supporting documents by over 50%. A process that once took several weeks via USPS can now be electronically completed in a matter of hours or days, saving time and eliminating excess paper waste.

Since the innovation went live in late February 2015, over 8,000 rebate applicants have submitted their documents online.

“As the administrator for CVRP, the Center for Sustainable Energy has issued over $200M in rebates to California consumers, businesses and government agencies since 2010,” said Jennifer Rey, senior operations manager for CVRP at CSE. “We’re leveraging innovative cloud-based technology to shift from a paper-based process to an all-electronic system where rebate applicants submit supporting documents online and our processing staff reviews them online. This move allows us to streamline our operations, issue rebates faster and help meet California’s ambitious goals to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by stimulating deployment of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.”

Today, more than 45,000 organizations around the world leverage Box to share and collaborate, including global brands like GE, Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca and Schneider Electric. With, we're focused on empowering nonprofits around the globe -- like Oxfam International, Kiva, and Teach for America -- to achieve their missions and deliver lasting social impact through technology.

The Center for Sustainable Energy is a fantastic example of a nonprofit using cloud technology to streamline business processes and support their mission to drive the adoption of clean, sustainable energy solutions. By leveraging Box as the platform to power an all-electronic application process, CSE is furthering their position as the catalyst for sustainable energy market development and transformation. We are incredibly excited to welcome them to the family!

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