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Public interest in ESG and environmental awareness has increased substantially during the pandemic. With so many Americans looking to purchase a new home or update their current spaces, construction companies who adopt ESG stances stay ahead of the curve and help build a more sustainable industry as well as more sustainable spaces.
As is the case with every new year, in January 2020 I was full of hope, optimism, and resolutions that would predictably evaporate by January 14th. By the time March rolled around, the comfort and familiarity of my day-to-day life were well and truly established and talk of the virus overseas was nothing more than a murmur. And then the world came to an abrupt and jarring stop.
The hospitality industry has been facing huge challenges since the beginning of the pandemic. While restaurants relied on curbside pickup and delivery, the extended duration of lockdown measures threatened the survival of many small and medium-sized restaurants. The loss of revenue and the decrease in staff available-- and wanting-- to work have forced many restaurants to scale back their service hours or close their doors permanently.
Vaccine hesitancy in the U.S., coupled with the Delta variant and ever-growing complacency about the virus, has led to a troublesome rise in COVID-19 cases of late. As of writing (mid-July 2021), The New York Times is reporting that cases in the last 14 days are up nearly 200%, while deaths have increased almost 44%. America’s once torrid vaccination pace has slowed to a trickle, and the consequences have been deadly.
About a year ago, the switch broke on my desk lamp. I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but the top half of the casing cracked off, exposing all the components inside. I discovered that I could still make the lamp work by turning the dial, and using a hair clip to manually connect the two metal parts to complete the electrical circuit – voila! Let there be light!