In response to the complex challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, IDEA has convened a Working Group to help our members and other affected individuals get essential resources and information you need to help you navigate this unprecedented event. We are all learning that you just can't be prepared enough for an event like this and it is best if we all work together to come up with solutions.
Check back on this web page often for the latest information.
IDEA submitted a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recommending that district energy systems be added to the listing of essential infrastructure workforce. Download a copy of the letter for your own use locally.
Update: May 19, 2020
On May 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released version 3.1 of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Version 3.1 provides clarity around many individual worker categories, including expanded language for those workers supporting at-risk communities and the essential nature of health facility workers in communities across the country. This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directiveor standard. Please note the second item in the "Energy" section on page 9 of the PDF of the guide, shown below.
IDEA President & CEO Rob Thornton, Tonja Leach, Executive Director, Quest and Carlyle Coutinho, President & COO, Enwave co-signed a letter encouraging the Canadian Federal Government to consider investments in district energy as a integral part of future stimulus packages. You can read a copy of the letter below.
If you would like to contribute to the IDEA Working Group, please email email@example.com. Your expertise is welcome!
In the interest of supporting IDEA members and the district energy community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed and sent out the IDEA COVID-19 Emergency Operations Survey to help track operations, best practices and safety strategies during these unprecedented times. We are pleased to share the results with you below.
As Federal, State and Local officials continue to issue public health directives at a rapid pace, IDEA will keep track of those that could affect your workplace. Please click the links below for more information, and forward any updates specific to your community to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organization Multi-State has published a Policy Tracker section of their website that highlights state and local activity, stay-at-home orders, and state legislation in response to COVID-19. It is quite extensive and recommended as a quick resource for the latest information.
IDEA is honored to serve to nearly 2500 members worldwide, many of whom are willing to share resources and ideas on behalf of the industry. Below are resources we have received from IDEA members that might help you as you look to implement policies and procedures in your workplace.
If you have resources you would like to share, please send to email@example.com.
Engie has shared their "Fight COVID-19" plan to help their communities in a number of ways. We are happy to share it below.
Ever-Green Energy - Critical Infrastructure Worker Transit Worker
As more and more states institute emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, it may become important for you to petition local, state and federal government to recognize your work as 'mission critical' and your employees as 'essential'. In response, Ever-Green Energy created an Infrastructure Transit letter for employees as proof to local authorities that their work is essential. Read it below.
Enwave - Information Sharing through Sharepoint
In an effort to simplify communications with staff during an ever-evolving crisis, Enwave has created a Sharepoint file with relevant updates in areas like Prevention, Symptoms and Resources. By placing these resources in an internal Sharepoint file, any updates to information will be pushed to staff in real time. View a screen shot of Enwave's Sharepoint home page below.
Enwave has also generously provided three documents designed to help employers and managers mitigate risk in the current climate. You can download the Manager's Tool Kit, along with Employee Travel and Employee Sick Logs by clicking below.
University of Delaware - Interview with EAB
EAB spoke to three Facilities leaders whose campuses have already undergone this change: Brent Stringfellow, AVP of Facilities at Lehigh University; a Senior Facilities Officer at a Private University in New York ; and Peter Krawchyk, VP of Facilities, Real Estate, and Auxiliary Services at University of Delaware. Below is an edited transcript of our conversations.
Austin Energy - Essential Operations Memo
Austin Energy shares a memo sent to essential operations staff about their value - and safety - during unprecedented times.
The University of Texas at Austin
DeNora Water Technologies - Hypochlorite Generator
De Nora Water Technologies has small-scale, compact, portable hypochlorite generators available that generate a chlorine-based bleach solution that will stabilize your bleach supplies, while making your district energy or campus power plant less reliant on commercial bleach solutions that may be in short supply due to the ongoing COVID 19 crisis. De Nora Water Technologies has current system installations throughout campus power plants across the US, eliminating the need to transport and or handle chemicals, while maintaining a very safe and economical method to produce. De Nora also has a similar system indicated for residential and small institutional or commercial use available for IDEA members. For more information, please contact Steve Garcia at 505 977 3630.
Vortex Companies - Hand Sanitizer
The Vortex Companies is manufacturing its own line of hand sanitizer, known as crew CARE™ with the following benefits:
Discounts are available for IDEA members! To order, please or order online at https://shopTRENCHLESS.com using the code IDEA10, or contact Matt Badiali, VP of Industrial Sales, at 857-203-1998 for bulk order. Lead time is one week to ship.
Across the globe, schools and universities have been forced to shut their doors to protect students and teachers and to slow the spread of coronavirus. But could they play a vital role in defeating COVID-19? Tufts University has transformed parts of its campus into a military-style hospital to treat the infected, and students are now using their skills to support the healthcare system. Walter Isaacson of Amanpour and Company speaks with the university’s president, Anthony Monaco, about their efforts. (credit, Amanpour and Company).
Also from Tufts -
U.M.C. is giving back to the community by creating portable handwashing stations that can be transported anywhere.
ASHRAE has Issued two statements on relationship between COVID-19 and HVAC in buildings, in response to widening false statements surrounding HVAC systems. ASHRAE officially opposes the advice not to run residential or commercial HVAC systems and asserts that keeping air conditioners on during this time can help control the spread of the virus. The official statements and other resources are included on their website and can be accessed by clicking the link below.
(published July 22, 2020)
American Association of Architects
IDEA Connect is our online chatroom where you can pose a question about the challenges you're facing in dealing with COVID-19 in your workplace, or join in an existing conversation to share expertise with others. And, if you are in need of urgent assistance (perhaps looking for a critical part you can't get for your system), please post We encourage you to connect with the IDEA community today through IDEA Connect.
Below are additional resources that IDEA or other IDEA members have provided from outside sources that might be of value.
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