Foundation / Corporation
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Opportunity for USA local agencies to participate in an environmental sustainability program. In-kind support includes training and technical assistance to impact climate change and to promote urban sustainability. Through the program, local agencies will receive guidance, training, and mentorship with the goal of receiving certification under the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. Successful applicants will participate as a cohort, collaborating and exchanging ideas with peers as they get organized, set goals, collect data, and apply for certification. Applications will be evaluated on demonstrated need, leadership support, commitment to data-driven decision-making, staff capacity, and coordination with other local initiatives.
In March 2020, the program will kick off with a two-day, in-person orientation for two representatives from each community. USGBC staff will walk the new communities through the rating system and evaluation measures, and lead them through a number of hands-on exercises to calculate scores and develop an action plan for the year.
After the training, communities will start to align their existing programs, policies, and plans with the rating system using project management tools and resources provided by USGBC. Then they will gather data on the evaluation measures of their choice from the rating system and enter data into reporting tools. The cohort of local governments will meet regularly throughout the year via phone calls and web conferencing to report progress and share best practices. Each community will receive a dedicated USGBC coordinator who will check-in regularly and help to resolve issues and provide feedback and support.
It is anticipated that communities will apply for certification within the first six months of the program year. Each community will be responsible for gathering the data necessary for certification. When the community has completed the application to their specification, they will submit for review. USGBC/GBCI will provide a robust, third-party review including a performance score and certification results. USGBC will provide marketing support and resources to help announce and celebrate the community’s certification.
Communities that certify in advance of Greenbuild will have the opportunity for recognition at the annual reception. Conference sessions and workshops may also feature projects from the cohort. Toward the end of 2020 and beyond the grant program year, staff will support communities as their focus shifts to evaluating results, prioritizing investments and next steps, and communicating impact.
GrantWatch ID#: 187740
Up to 20 U.S. local governments will be selected to participate
Each local government selected will receive an award package including:
- One, annual USGBC Silver membership;
- Registration in LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities;
- Certification review fees, LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities;
- Access to the Arc reporting platform to encourage continuous improvement and benchmarking;
- A two-day, in-person orientation workshop with other selected communities for two local government officials/staff; and
- Access to online education resources, project management tools and monthly conference calls; and
- A dedicated USGBC staff liaison with ongoing programmatic and technical support.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Application packages should be emailed to: email@example.com (with the subject: Community Name - Application 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program)
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