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.
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.
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.
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.