Reducing Mold and Dampness in Buildings
Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the extensive spread of mold rendered homes and buildings uninhabitable due to health concerns such as asthma and other respiratory diseases. Ross Strategic recently completed a comprehensive report for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that updates the science linking mold and dampness to respiratory health, describes mold-relevant laws and building codes in five Sandy-stricken states, and includes three case studies on state and local strategies to implement policies that limit harmful exposure. The report will assist CDC and public health practitioners in strengthening current guidance and recommendations for reducing indoor mold and dampness.
A Clean Air Strategy Update
In 2009, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released a Clean Air Strategy to reduce criteria air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions generated by maritime-related activities, despite Port growth through 2020. Ross Strategic worked with the Port and its partners to develop the original Strategy, and recently the Port and its partners released a 2014 Update, after implementing 80% of the committed actions in the original Strategy. The Update builds on that success with new voluntary actions to drive emissions even lower over the next six years. We provided facilitation, coordination, and drafting support for this effort. Click here to learn more.
Advancing Energy Efficiency Program Design and Implementation
Ross Strategic worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), subject matter experts, and others to develop DOE’s new Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center. The Solution Center provides step-by-step guidance, tips, and resources for all aspects of designing and managing home energy upgrade programs. Ross Strategic served as content managers for several components of the Solution Center and helped DOE to identify lessons, communicate best practices, and coordinate peer reviews.
EPA Lean Summit
EPA is using Lean practices to improve the speed, quality, and transparency of its processes. Ross Strategic recently supported EPA’s first national Lean Summit, which assembled Lean leaders and managers to celebrate EPA’s accomplishments using Lean, share best practices, and encourage additional improvements. We designed posters and outreach materials for the Summit, analyzed the results of about 40 EPA Lean projects, and conducted video interviews capturing lessons learned. Ross Strategic also developed EPA’s primary Lean resources, including the Lean in Government Starter Kit.
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.