As most of you already know, we're in the early stages of redesigning the EERE Web site. One of our project goals is to clearly communicate our process with you, the EERE Web community. Following up on our Web coordinator's meeting last week, we wanted to share with you this project update.

Our project goals are:

  1. Update look and feel of EERE Web site to align with new branding and create a more engaging interface for users
  2. Make it easy for users to find all of EERE's 125+ Web site areas
  3. Make it clear to users which collection of EERE Web pages they're searching on (entire site or subset of pages)
  4. Make it easy for users to get to all of EERE Web sites regardless of what page they are on via global navigation
  5. Create a new site template that addresses the priorities of EERE's stakeholders
  6. Clearly communicate redesign process with EERE Web community

Under Sarah Kirchen and Drew Bittner's leadership, we've formed a small advisory team, whose job is to present ideas and recommendations to the TAO director. The team held its first meeting on July 17 and will continue to meet monthly. Special thanks to Andrea Chew, Teresa Carroll, Liz Hartman, John Lippert, Wendy Littman, Anthoney Perkins, and Emily Setzer for serving on this group.

During this and next week, the DOE/EERE banner at the top of every EERE Web site will be replaced with a new banner, which reflects new branding. See New DOE Banners for the EERE Web site for more information.

Our approach for implementing a new look and feel across the EERE Web enterprise will embrace an iterative philosophy. An EERE home page "face lift" is currently under review by TAO management. The updated design offers subtle changes that will continue to unfold in phases throughout the redesign process.

We have interviewed 30+ Web coordinators, contractors, and other key stakeholders regarding their experiences, thoughts, and suggestions for improving the template. Thanks to those of you who have participated. Additionally, we are benchmarking about 20 federal, nonprofit, and commercial Web sites to look for ideas and best practices.

Additionally, we are exploring topic landing pages as a possible solution to making it easier for users to find EERE's 125+ Web sites.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and ideas.