Faculty Advisor

McCauley, Stephen M.

Faculty Advisor

Orr, John A.


The Worcester Energy Barnaisers promotes energy efficiency and lowers the carbon footprint from buildings through weatherization projects. This report analyzes the non-profit’s present challenges and explores possible solutions to improve organizational management. Our approach involved interviews with members and understanding the Barnraisers’ process through a participatory weatherization event planning. We determined the organization’s challenges to be small number of volunteers in the organization’s leadership, inconsistent supply of projects, and organizational structure difficulties. Recommendations developed were key leadership role assignments, consistent member communication, student group connections, community outreach in absence of barnraisings and continuous project search.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering