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Welcome to Cooperatively Speaking, a podcast by E&I Cooperative Services, the only member-owned, nonprofit procurement cooperative focused exclusively on education. Each episode, we discuss the topics most important to procurement and end-users at schools and universities. Find out more at www.eandi.org/podcast.

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Welcome to Cooperatively Speaking, a podcast by E&I Cooperative Services, the only member-owned, nonprofit procurement cooperative focused exclusively on education. Each episode, we discuss the topics most important to procurement and end-users at schools and universities. Find out more at www.eandi.org/podcast.

    Breaking Down Funding for Facilities

    Breaking Down Funding for Facilities

    Hosts: Saul Alvarado, Vice President, Facilities at E&I Cooperative Services and David Manz, Business Development Manager, Facilities at E&I Cooperative Services
    Guest: Matt Robeson, National Enterprise Account Manager for K-20 at Carrier

    Since March 2020, Congress has allocated $264.5 billion for private, public, K-12, and higher education spending in response to the pandemic. Much of these funds can be used for your facilities project -- including construction -- if you are able to justify the costs as being necessary to virus mitigation. 

    In this episode, David, Saul, and our guest Matt discuss the different kinds of funding available for educational facilities (CARES, CRRSAA, ARPA, GEER, ESSER, HERF) and how they can be used to fund your facilities projects. 

    Relevant Links:
    Coronavirus Preparedness & Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CPRSA)Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES)Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSA)American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)Healthy Buildings:  How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance & Productivity by Joseph G. Allen and John D. MacomberESSER Fund: Frequently Asked QuestionsESSER / GEER: Frequently Asked QuestionsAASA: School District Funding of ARP FundingE&I's competitively solicited Carrier contract

    • 34 min
    Supplier Diversity Part II: Starting & Improving Your Program is Easier -- and More Important -- Than You Think

    Supplier Diversity Part II: Starting & Improving Your Program is Easier -- and More Important -- Than You Think

    Hosts: Saul Alvarado, Vice President, Facilities at E&I Cooperative Services & David Manz, Business Development Manager, Facilities at E&I Cooperative Services
    Guest(s): Mark Cartwright, Director, Supplier Diversity at E&I
    Join us for part two of our discussion on supplier diversity within the education space (check out part one here!). You'll walk away from this episode with practical, tangible tips on how you can establish your program and build on it to make it truly great.
    In this episode, we dive deeper into supplier diversity and how it affects your end-users, your procurement staff, and the suppliers with whom you are partnering. We touch on the importance of diversity at its many levels, and why these programs are not only beneficial for all parties, but also not as difficult to implement or improve as you might think. 
    Relevant Links:
    Minority Business Development Agency: state offices for minority & women business enterprisesNational Minority Supplier Development CouncilWomen Business Enterprise National CouncilNational LGBT Chamber of CommerceNational Veteran Owned Business AssociationNational Veteran Business Development CouncilU.S. Small Business Administration: Small Business Development CentersU.S. Small Business Administration: Procurement Technical Assistance CentersE&I’s supplier diversity program

    • 25 min
    Supplier Diversity Part I: Reflecting on the Past, Considering the Present & Looking to the Future

    Supplier Diversity Part I: Reflecting on the Past, Considering the Present & Looking to the Future

    Hosts: Saul Alvarado, Vice President, Facilities and David Manz, Business Development Manager, Facilities at E&I
    Guest: Mark Cartwright, Director, Supplier Diversity at E&I

    Join us for part one of our two-part discussion on supplier diversity within the education space, particularly for facilities departments, EH&S, and other departments responsible for serving their campus.

    In this episode, dive into the history of supplier diversity within the U.S. Find out what's important to schools and universities and how to get the conversation going around supplier diversity. We'll tap into Mark's experience for a look at what works, what doesn't work, and what can be done better to initiate, grow, and sustain a supplier diversity program.

    Relevant Links:
    Minority Business Development Agency: state offices for minority & women business enterprisesNational Minority Supplier Development CouncilWomen Business Enterprise National CouncilNational LGBT Chamber of CommerceNational Veteran Owned Business AssociationNational Veteran Business Development CouncilU.S. Small Business Administration: Small Business Development CentersU.S. Small Business Administration: Procurement Technical Assistance CentersE&I's supplier diversity program

    • 22 min
    IAQ: If It's Important, You Measure It

    IAQ: If It's Important, You Measure It

    Hosts: Saul Alvarado, Vice President, Facilities at E&I and David Manz, Business Development Manager, Facilities at E&I
    Guest: Karl Stefan, CIEC, Northeast Regional Manager, Industrial Hygienist, Pure Air Control Services, Inc.

    Join us for part two of our discussion on indoor air quality (IAQ) -- and why if it's important, you measure it.

    In this episode, Saul and David chat with Karl Stefan from Pure Air about best practices,  what people do right and wrong in their facilities, and key contributors to IAQ that you may not be quite aware of.

    Relevant Links:
    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Indoor Environmental QualityIndoor air quality solutions from Pure Air Control ServicesE&I's competitively solicited contract with Pure Air Control Services

    • 30 min
    IAQ: Supply Chain Challenges, Buying vs. Renting, & Choosing the Right Products

    IAQ: Supply Chain Challenges, Buying vs. Renting, & Choosing the Right Products

    Hosts: Saul Alvarado, Vice President, Facilities at E&I and David Manz, Business Development Manager, Facilities at E&I
    Guest: Kirk Steward, National Product Manager at Sunbelt Rentals

    The need for good indoor air quality (IAQ) has been a topic for years, but COVID-19 significantly exposed deficiencies, challenges, and concerns surrounding IAQ.

    Now, with facilities teams around the world discussing how to better clean their air, this area of facilities maintenance is more important than ever.

    In this first episode, Saul and David chat with Kirk Steward from Sunbelt about supply chain, buying versus renting equipment, and the types of products that are available -- and how to choose through the noise.

    Relevant Links:
    American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Indoor Environmental QualityIndoor air quality solutions from Sunbelt RentalsEducation equipment solutions from Sunbelt RentalsE&I's competitively solicited contract with Sunbelt Rentals

    • 34 min

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