Providing strategies for improving economic, environmental and social performance.
I hope your family, your colleagues and you are doing well during these trying times.
Having the unfortunate coincidence of having gone through 9/11, Superstorm Sandy and now this pandemic in this region, we've all gained experience dealing with disaster. While the region is still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has begun implementing the initial economic recovery efforts, as they have in the past.
Though this one is unique, the process for recovery and the various grants and loans are expected to be relatively similar to what we've seen and worked with in the past. To avail yourself of these programs, one must begin with the identification and tracking of losses, including any delays, closures or additional costs that have caused displacement of workers, or cancellations, or delay of expected revenue generating opportunities.
In addition to potential cost recovery from government programs, many clients have been asking us about what can be done from a health and safety perspective to prepare for reopening and resuming operations (and how to plan for future unexpected events), especially for those who have office buildings, hotels or other places where a large number of employees and/or public gather. We have worked with some of the region’s foremost professionals in this field to develop a series of best practices and recommendations and can assist you in any way possible with looking at options specific to your circumstance.
Finally, as additional economic recovery programs become clearer, it will be critical that you select the most appropriate ones which best fit your needs: state, federal, SBA, EDA or combination thereof. Having many years of broad technical, legal, insurance and financial services experience, both within and around the federal and state government world (including senior positions with disaster relief agencies such as FEMA and Army Corps), our team stands ready to help you navigate the process and in any other way that we can.
We will be providing updates and reaching out to you as more information becomes available on the various incentives and recovery programs. Please do not hesitate to call me directly or anyone on our team, as we prepare to take on the challenge of recovery as soon as possible. In the meantime, I wish you all the best and hope that you stay safe.
Below are some financial programs links:
PPP application and EID loans
Economic Injury Disaster Loans - https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
These are uncertain times and we are all worried about public health - our health and the health of loved ones, colleagues, and community. The Greener by Design team wants to be sure our clients have the technical resources they need to address issues related to facility hygiene and building operations that impact health occupant health.
Here are a few resources regarding indoor environmental quality and human health protection.
US EPA: An Office Building Occupants Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Whole Building Design Guide: Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality
CleanLink: Infection Control
We hope our clients rely on Greener by Design as a resource. We can help with strategies to protect the health of your building occupants. We have professionals who can evaluate your HVAC system and implement strategies to ensure your HVAC system and other building systems are optimizing indoor environmental quality.
We have friends in-the-know when it comes to facility cleaning so want to thank our colleagues the Environmental Contractors Association of New York City, who are on the front lines combating infectious disease through offering environmental remediation/clean-up and providing training through the Certified Environmental Remediation Training (CERT) Institute.
President - Greener by Design
With the recent appearance and rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, a potentially fatal respiratory illness, it’s time to prepare and train construction firms and workers to fortify job sites not only to protect themselves against the virus but the general public as well. The Environmental Contractors Association (ECA), alongside its CERT Safety Remediation Courses, specialize in teaching construction firms and workers how to protect against environmental hazards, especially biohazard contaminants.
Here are a few ways you can protect yourself, your job site and most of all the general public.
What to Look Out For
For confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, reported symptoms have varied from case to case, but average symptoms at this time include fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 since exposure.
If someone on your site, or someone you know, begins to exhibit symptoms, contact a healthcare professional immediately. After isolating the individual, it is important to focus on the rest of the site to ensure containment of the virus. In a situation like this, site leaders should immediately close down the site and monitor individuals who may have been exposed and begin the process of cleaning the entire site to halt the spread.
Due to the virus’s unknown origins and nature, it is imperative that you take extreme health and safety precautions when interacting with potentially infected individuals.
How to Protect Yourself and Others
While leading medical experts are still developing a vaccine to protect against the Coronavirus, there are still ways to avoid exposure and reduce the risk of infection from the virus.
To help prevent against the Coronavirus you can take the following measures including, avoiding close contact with people who may be infected, avoiding the touching of your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, covering your mouth or nose with a tissue or with your arm when coughing or sneezing, regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a disinfecting spray or wipe, using facemasks if you show symptoms to protect others from infection and wash hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
While there is currently no specific treatment for the Coronavirus, people with symptoms should immediately seek out emergency medical care. People who think they may have been in contact with those infected with the Coronavirus should contact a healthcare provider immediately.
How to Protect Your Jobsite
By putting the health and safety of your team first, construction firms can feel prepared, knowledgeable and ready for any biological threats, especially the fast-approaching Coronavirus.
ECA understands this and, outside of their CERT trainings, offers 24/7 emergency response service including infectious organism cleaning and bacteria/biological emergencies, complete removal of hazardous materials and debris, emergency assessment, cleaning and repairs, 24-hour emergency response call centers and asbestos, mold and lead abatement, as well as fire and flood restoration services.
What Can You Do Now?
While the risk to the United States is currently low, this is the time to gain skills and expertise in handling biological hazards before it’s too late.
The ECA is building awareness when it comes to infectious airborne pathogens, like the Coronavirus, to help reduce liability and costs for owners and manager, especially in the healthcare industry.
As many healthcare institutions continue to cut back costs, they still strive to provide high levels of safety and cleanliness for patients. Preventing the harmful impact of infectious organisms in these sensitive areas is crucial and the expertise of trained professionals is necessary.
CERT Courses are intended to provide anyone interested with the opportunity to learn. This includes courses geared towards the general public that provide a general overview of potential threats, how to spot them and swiftly respond, while professional courses will provide advanced knowledge on pathogen containment.
Morris Napolitano, co-founder of CERT and chairman of the Environmental Contractors Association (ECA), New York, N.Y.
Greener by Design (GbD) LLC offers comprehensive services for the successful development and implementation of energy, environment and resiliency projects. With a multidisciplinary team of financial management, energy, and environmental planning professionals, GbD provides expertise about how technology, innovation and policy influence the rapidly changing environmental landscape. Strategic advisory and grant writing services are offered across all of GbD’s areas of expertise.
GbD works closely with clients to advance projects at local, state, regional and federal levels and develop innovative solutions. Energy, environment and resiliency are all interconnected and GbD’s integrated team approach optimizes opportunities for sharing knowledge across disciplines.
GbD’s full range of consulting and project management services provides public and private clients with the ability to meet regulatory requirements and create a healthier environment, while increasing bottom line profitability.
GbD provides ongoing monitoring and advocacy services for policies and activities related to development, redevelopment, energy and sustainability issues at the local, state, and national levels. For information about NJ Energy Master Plan objectives, click here.
GbD provides expertise in resilience planning and technology including MicroGrid systems and distributed energy resources and disaster preparedness and recovery. To access the NJ community MicroGrid Planning Academy that was developed by GbD and NJIT, click here.
Our team assists clients with transportation, land conservation and preservation projects and sustainable product, business and site development that draws on our specialized regulatory, economic knowledge.
•Advocating for special or pilot programs to help achieve project or organizational goals.
•Advocating for national policies that will protect and encourage the continued development of investments in renewable, sustainable or energy efficiency assets.
•Tracking media/market activities and coordinating with the appropriate regulators, legislators.
From corporations to municipalities GbD plans, manages, implements and evaluates stakeholder engagement and collaboration.
We bring our deep understanding of the local, state and federal legislative processes and our relationships with key opinion influencers in the press to bear for our clients.
Information sheets are available as a pdf.