Jun 29, 2015

Global Green Releases RFP to Cities for Sustainable Neighborhood Planning

Local governments, tribal entities eligible for assistance for green infrastructure upgrades related to CSO mitigation, other updates

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grantee Global Green is seeking applications from local governments and tribal entities for the 2015 Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments.

The assistance is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. This free assistance is being provided under a grant to Global Green from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

The estimated dollar value of this technical assistance is approximately $20,000 per community. Six awards will be made through this selection process. Through a 3-day intensive visit and consultation, the Global Green team evaluates how the sustainability of a specific neighborhood can be enhanced through an upcoming catalytic project.

Prior to the visit the team conducts an extensive review of existing plans and the existing pattern of development. During the site assessment, the team identifies the existing positive qualities of the neighborhood, consults with community stakeholders in meetings and a public workshop, and identifies major opportunities to improve neighborhood sustainability and resiliency.

At the conclusion of the visit, the team presents recommendations for both physical and policy changes to the neighborhood. Ideally there is a community development or planning process underway in the community that can benefit from or integrate the recommendations. Good candidates are communities that have expressed an interest in integrating sustainability as part of community revitalization efforts and that can identify a neighborhood that features a "catalytic project."

Examples from previous communities include affordable housing development or renovation, public housing redevelopment through Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, urban design and green infrastructure upgrades related to combined sewer overflow mitigation, light rail or bus rapid transit stations, new urban parks, eco district formation, and modifications to increase resilience to extreme weather events.

Submissions are due July 17th.