COVID-19 Resource Gallery

The USGBC-WM is committed to providing tools and resources that highlight current industry best practices leading to the safety, health, and wellbeing of occupants. Americans spend 90% of their time inside buildings and it has never been more important that building owners and operators are kept up to date on CDC guidelines and current recommendations that provide the highest level of protection to the general public and building staff.

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Buildings + COVID-19: 7 Techniques for Facility Optimization
by Gillian Giem, Program Manager of USGBC West Michigan

Return to work plan

Example "return to work" policy guides for reference as we navigate through COVID-19

Additional Workplace Resources

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as considerations for doing so.

A Complete Guide to Bringing Your Building Back Online

E3M Solutions brings you this guide on managing new challenges in a changing world. They are here to help prepare you to bring your building back online and stay energy efficient through the process.

How to Safely Disinfect for Coronavirus

Are you concerned about properly disinfecting for coronavirus while also wondering if there are less hazardous options available? Here's a primer on how to safely clean and disinfect your space, including a curated list of safer disinfectants for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update on the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings and industrial plants

Download this informative piece on updates and changes to Energy Star program for commercial buildings and industrial plants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

7 Ways to Optimize Health While Working from Home

Today, as we adapt to a “new normal” of social distancing, an unprecedented number of people find themselves working from home for the first time—and likely for the long-term.

MI SAFE START - A Michigan to Re-engage Michigan's Economy

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while continuing to keep our communities safe.

NAACP: Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States

The Imperative for Civil Rights Advocacy, Monitoring, and Enforcement

As a civil rights organization (NAACP) and as stewards of human rights, this outbreak calls on us to maintain vigilance and lift our voices to demand the policies and practices that will preserve the wellbeing of all.

Find K-12 lessons for students learning at home

USGBC’s Learning Lab online education platform offers lessons and activities that are well suited for distance learning, and many that are ideal for implementing at home, while being academically rigorous and fostering sustainability literacy. Additionally, many Learning Lab Partners have mobilized to provide training and experiences that can help educators and parents succeed for the sake of students.

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

This document gives advice on simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace, how to manage COVID-19 risks when organizing meetings & events, things to consider when you and your employees travel, and getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community.

West Michigan Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers

Download a list of manufacturers and their contact information who are producing PPE here in West Michigan.

Buildings + COVID-19: 7 Techniques for Facility Optimization

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan has developed this short-list of best practices and is providing answers to frequently asked questions weekly via our Healthy Building Webinar Series with industry experts.

Re-occupancy Assessment Tool V1.0

The purpose of this document is to provide architects, private clients, and civic leaders a framework of strategies for reoccupying buildings and businesses that are in the process of transitioning from being fully closed to fully open.

ASHRAE Position Document on Infectious Aerosols

This position document provides recommendations on the following:

  • The design, installation, and operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, including air-cleaning, and local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems, to decrease the risk of infection transmission.
  • Non-HVAC control strategies to decrease disease risk.
  • Strategies to support facilities management for both everyday operation and emergencies

Places Matter: Prevention and Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery

Join International Well Building Institute for their webcast series that focuses on the leading role buildings, communities and organizations can play to support our health and well-being overall, and our collective ability to prepare for and respond to global health challenges like the one we’re experiencing now.