Tag: public health

EPA Announces $3 Billion to Help U.S. Ports Cut Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the $3 billion Clean Ports Program to fund zero-emission equipment, infrastructure, and climate planning at U.S. ports. According to the EPA, the program is designed to help ports across the country transition to fully zero-emissions operations—serving as a catalyst for transformational change across the freight sector. The funding opportunities were […]

EPA Awards Nearly $11M to Help Community Buildings Combat Wildfire Smoke

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected nine applicants throughout the West to receive nearly $11 million in funding through the Wildfire Smoke Preparedness in Community Buildings grant program. The new federal program aims to enhance community wildfire smoke preparedness by providing grants to states, federally recognized Tribes, public preschools, local educational agencies, and […]

The Case for Integrating UV Phone Disinfection Systems in Public Spaces

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. It’s 2024 and we can safely say that public spaces are back—or, more accurately, the “public is back in spaces!” Though COVID and the flu season are in full effect, people have been back […]

EPA Announces Plan to Remove All Lead Drinking Water Lines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a proposal to strengthen its Lead and Copper Rule that would require water systems across the country to replace lead service lines within 10 years. The agency is also proposing additional improvements to protect public health, such as lowering the lead action level and improving sampling protocols used by […]

How Facilities Can Meet Drinking Water and Stormwater Standards

It’s important for facilities to maintain quality drinking water and stormwater not only to protect public health, but also to follow local, state, and federal regulations. Brian Davis, director of enterprise accounts of water quality testing for AQUALIS, gave a presentation titled “Understanding Water Quality Testing for Drinking Water & Stormwater” during Facilities Management Advisor’s […]

Former Surgeons General, Execs Issue Policy Prescription for Healthy Buildings

Organized by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a group of renowned public health leaders issued an open letter to the nation’s policymakers titled “Buildings as a Prescription for Health.” The letter, signed by six former Surgeons General and six executives from top public health organizations, urges members of Congress, mayors, governors, and school superintendents to […]

Why Facilities Should ‘Spin the Narrative’ Around Hand Sanitizer (And One Stadium That Has)

Hand sanitizer became a common feature at facilities long before 2020, but recent years have seen it become a routine fixture in our lives. Since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, we’ve had first-hand experience of how useful sanitizer can be for maintaining personal hygiene. Yet some facilities may be seeing a decline in engagement with […]