City Energy Project Evaluation
From August 2016 to January 2017, Ross Strategic conducted a mid-term evaluation focused on the City Energy Project’s (CEP) interim outcomes as it works to advance energy efficiency in buildings within cities in the US. The evaluation, commissioned by the Kresge Foundation, focused on developing practical and actionable operational insights for program implementers and funders as CEP begins work with a new group of cities. The evaluation is helping inform how CEP’s engagement thus far can inform its emerging work, how to effectively leverage learning and resources from work with these cities to advance energy efficiency across the US, and how CEP can effectively fulfill its functions as a “backbone” for supporting energy efficiency over the long term.
Laws to Reduce Indoor Dampness and Mold
Indoor mold is a significant public health concern, especially for individuals with asthma. Two Ross staff recently authored a peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “Cross Section of Legislative Approaches to Reducing Indoor Dampness and Mold,” builds on an earlier CDC project that studied mold-related laws and issues in states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The article summarizes a nationwide sampling of mold-related laws and programs as a mechanism to reduce respiratory health burden and calls for effectiveness evaluation to inform the development of model state or local laws.
Alliance for a Healthy South Sound: The South Sound Strategy
Ross Strategic and Environmental Science Associates (ESA) worked with technical staff from tribes, local governments, and NGOs in South Puget Sound to develop the South Sound Strategy. The Strategy consists of two elements. The first element compiles existing data, strategies, and ongoing/planned local activities (habitat restoration, protection, outreach and others) under six ecosystem focus areas for an overall picture of South Puget Sound. It introduces pressures, data gaps, and restoration/recovery targets for key ecosystem indicators. The second element is an online GIS-based mapping tool that allows users to explore key South Puget Sound attributes.
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Ross Strategic assists government agencies and their partners to identify and pursue strategic opportunities to advance energy efficiency and clean energy development. We are building catalytic networks of organizations working on innovative approaches to scale energy efficiency and clean energy activity in the U.S. and internationally.
Ross Strategic has deep experience helping clients manage the complex challenges related to environmental issues. We provide analytic, stakeholder process management, strategy development, and facilitation support to help clients respond boldly, creatively, and effectively to their challenges.
Ross Strategic has the knowledge and experience to address complex natural resources issues such as protection and restoration of endangered species, development of watershed strategies, and policies to protect coastal areas and forests. We work with a range of partners and disciplines to tackle challenging problems bounded by natural features, but needing political solutions.
Ross Strategic supports agencies addressing public health issues and tracking and organizing environmental and health information. We understand the array of potential contaminants in air, water, food, and waste, and human health outcomes that may result from exposure to these contaminants and other environmental conditions such as changing climate.
Ross Strategic has expertise in urban and land use planning, growth management, transportation planning, green building and design, and other related fields that support sustainable infrastructure and approaches to improve the quality of life. We work on projects that address smart growth needs and solutions from a variety of perspectives, including incorporation of climate change considerations in development of growth management policies as well as transportation planning, development of indicators for land use and state of environment reporting.