New Funding for Local Sustainability Projects!
The City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability invites you to respond to Request for Applications (RFA) for Local Sustainability Projects to be funded through the Positive Impact on Climate and Community (PICC) program. These local efforts might involve urban forestry, solar photovoltaic installations, building weatherization, public art installations, education programs, health initiatives, composting, bike-sharing, or community gardens. Request for Applications (RFA) has also been released for Carbon Offset Programs.
To provide some background:
Large events and festivals in Austin involve over a million attendees annually and have an environmental impact involving air and ground transportation, energy and water usage, food service, and material waste. The City of Austin has partnered with local event organizers to create the Positive Impact on Climate and Community (PICC) program to mitigate some of these impacts. The program will raise funds through ticket purchases or other funding mechanisms; funds collected will be split between third-party-verified greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in Texas and local projects in Austin that create tangible sustainability and community benefits.
The following organizations are working together with the City’s Office of Sustainability to implement the pilot phase of the PICC program:
· ACL Live at the Moody Theater
· Austin City Limits Music Festival
· Circuit of The Americas LLC
Environmental Defense Fund will provide additional oversight of the PICC program, helping to establish sustainability criteria for local projects and carbon offset projects.
A copy of the RFA also can be downloaded at www.austintexas.gov/department/positive-impact-climate-community. Any clarifications or amendments to the RFP will be posted on this website. Questions about the RFA can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submittals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013.