Capstone – Project

Determining alternative fuel and energy source suitability for Sherwin-Williams

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Engagement Synopsis

Sherwin-Williams is in the midst of revamping as well as creating long-term goals and strategies around alternative energy and fuel sources. However, the primary challenge that remains is determining which type of Sherwin-Williams site (retail stores, distribution center, blending station, manufacturing facility, etc.) and which regions are the best suited for alternative fuels in terms of practicality and investment potential. Given this need, Sherwin-Williams proposes a project where students help us determine the best pathways to lowering our energy impacts whether it is implementation of renewable energy at specific sites and/or regions or changing our fleet to alternative powertrain vehicles.
Sherwin-Williams will provide data pertaining to the sites, fleet, etc., cost information, and other resources so that students can help determine feasibility, ROI, incentives, etc. Much of this information will come from internal databases and the goal will not only be assessing a small number of each type of facility or fleet for alternative energy pathways, but also to help design some sort of dashboard to help us assess facilities moving forward. This will be critical given that we operate almost 5000 sites in over 120 countries.
Key milestones include:
• Access and training regarding Sherwin-Williams’ systems
• Export of existing data into a new platform, spreadsheet, or similar
• Analysis of site or fleet suitability with support form Sherwin-Williams in terms of current pricing, renewable energy resources, etc.
o Would be framed as a case study looking at just a few examples of facility types, fleet type, and/or region
• Short summary report assessing the pilot sites to show proof of concept
• Creation of a template, spreadsheet, or program where data about a site could be entered to help predict suitability for alternative energy
Sherwin-Williams appreciates the consideration of this proposal and welcomes any feedback or refinements that we can make to help hone-in on a valuable project.

Company Information

StageLarge Enterprise
Hiring PotentialN/A

Company Overview

For 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has provided contractors, builders, property managers, architects and designers with the trusted products they need to build their business and satisfy customers. POWDURA® Polyester TGIC is just one more way we bring you industry-leading paint technology — innovation you can pass on to your customers. Plus, with more than 4,000 stores and 2,400 sales representatives across North America, personal service and expert advice is always available near jobsites.

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Doug Mazeffa

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Course Info & Engagement Details

SchoolMasters in Business Administration (MBA)
Engagement Format -
CourseMBA APPLY Interterm (FALL 2019)
Students Enrolled120 Enrolled, 4-5 per group per project
Meeting Day & Time10/14 - 10/17/2019 on-site at host company
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.43 Weeks

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