Reducing Health Risks Associated with Mold and Dampness in Buildings
In the weeks following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the spread of extensive mold rendered intact homes and buildings uninhabitable due to health concerns such as asthma and other respiratory diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) contracted with Ross to update the science linking mold and dampness to respiratory health, assess laws and policies regarding exposures in indoor environments, conduct case studies to highlight policies that limit harmful exposures, and develop a report to assist CDC with strengthening guidance and recommendations to public health practitioners.
Effective and Sustainable Utility Practices
Sustainable water infrastructure is critical to providing the public with clean and safe water and helping ensure community environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Utilities across the country face tremendous challenges including aging infrastructure, increasing customer expectations, and rising operating costs. Ross Strategic recently supported EPA in developing Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Own Water Utility Roadmap, a document which assists utilities in moving toward sustainability by implementing proven practices over time at a pace consistent with their needs and the needs of the communities they serve.
Communicating Climate Risk: Skagit Basin
Ross Strategic worked with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium to create a series of posters for a public meeting on climate change and flood risk for Washington’s Skagit Basin. Presenting research by local scientists, the posters and meeting sought to spark conversation between decision makers, scientists, and community members on how flood control structures will mitigate flood risk under conditions projected for future flooding, groundwater and sea level rise scenarios, and what level of risk is acceptable for the Skagit community.
Supporting Small and Rural Water and Wastewater Utility Sustainability
Over the past two years, Ross Strategic has supported the development of EPA and USDA’s Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management and Workshop in a Box materials. These materials support small and rural water and wastewater systems address ongoing challenges to improve management practices and deliver the best service to their communities. The Guidebook and Workshop in a Box focus on ten key management areas for sustainable utilities and include a self assessment relative to these management areas. The workshop model developed by Ross is now being implemented by utility service providers nationwide.
Catalyzing Climate and Energy Policy Action
Ross Strategic has played a key role in catalyzing action in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to advance climate and energy policy on the West Coast through the Pacific Coast Collaborative. The PCC is a ground-breaking initiative that unites the leaders of the three states and BC to set a cooperative direction in climate and energy policy areas of mutual interest. Ross Strategic has helped establish a robust agenda of climate and energy outcomes, helped jurisdictions develop a collaborative work plan, and created alignment among jurisdictions and stakeholders. Click here for news about this effort, including articles by the New York Times and Salon.
Services We Offer
Welcome to Ross Strategic. We are dedicated to tackling environmental, public health, transportation, energy, and natural resource challenges. Our clients – public institutions, private business, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations – turn to us for our ability to use ideas and information to shape strategy, design programs and policies, and evaluate performance.
We have a reputation for responsive, insightful, and well-crafted advice that exceeds our clients’ expectations, bringing them back again and again. We look forward to the opportunity to do the same for your organization.