Opportunity for Technical Assistance! Global Green is Building Sustainable & Resilient Neighborhoods.

Building More Sustainable and Resilience Neighborhoods: Opportunity for Technical Assistance from Global Green

(Applications Received on a Rolling Basis)

Does your community want greener, more cohesive, and more vibrant neighborhoods?
Is your community interested in increasing resilience in the face of extreme weather events?
Are there significant projects on the horizon that your community wants to make sustainable?


How it Works: Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment

This free assistance is being provided under a grant from Wells Fargo foundation. The estimated value of this assistance is approximately $20,000. Through an intensive visit and consultation, the Global Green team of national experts 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, the neighborhood form, 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. Specific capacities of the Global Green team include expertise in hosting workshops, impact assessment accounting, and organic waste diversion and renewable energy strategies.

At the conclusion of the visit the team presents recommendations for both physical and policy changes that may include street width reductions, ecological restoration, integrated energy and water infrastructure, creating standards for in-fill and transit-oriented development, or zoning code revisions to allow for urban agriculture or mixed-use development.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Four communities will be selected for assistance in 2019. Eligible applicants are local and tribal governments. The Global Green team plans to select communities in a variety of regions, community sizes and types, and with a diverse set of populations.

Of the four communities selected for assistance, criteria will include:

  • Small to medium sized cities that are preparing for future climate events;

  • Historically disadvantaged areas and areas vulnerable to future climate change-impacts;

  • Locations allow team to leverage the existing resources and relationships provided by Global Green, EarthX, and the National League of Cities (i.e. located near the metro areas where Global Green has offices in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans); and

  • Preference for communities impacted by past severe storm events such as Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, Maria, or Irma

Applicants may include cities and neighborhoods that:

  1. Have received a major disaster declaration from FEMA

  2. Are exploring opportunities to promote sustainability and increase resiliency in their recovery and rebuilding efforts

  3. Have considered or are in the process of considering changes to land use or street patterns during the process of rebuilding making their community more sustainable & resilient.

All applications must be submitted to [email protected].

Selection Criteria

Need and Urgency of Assistance

How will this assistance make a difference in the community’s ability to apply sustainable neighborhood planning to local issues? How strong is the community’s interest in and commitment to creating sustainable neighborhoods?

Significant Upcoming Project

Is there a significant specific project such as affordable housing, transit system upgrades, main street improvements that can be a catalyst for change in the selected neighborhood? What is the implementation timeline of the project?


Impact from Climate Change

Describe the extent of damage incurred by the neighborhood as a result of Hurricanes or climate related events. Describe the rebuilding effort- what is the level of commitment to resilient and sustainable strategies? Describe any planning or rebuilding efforts to date.

Equity and Community Engagement  

To what degree does the identified neighborhood include low-income and historically disadvantaged communities? Is there a neighborhood organization actively working in the community or neighborhood on these issues? Are they involved in the assistance application?

Public Involvement and Team Support

What is the city’s capacity to assist with public engagement and provide coordination and logistical support for the duration of the technical assistance process? How have local government, business and community leaders demonstrated their commitment in and capacity to participate in the technical assistance effort? The application requires a letter of commitment signed by the mayor, chair of the county commission, or comparable elected leader.

Involvement of City Leadership

Is the city able and willing to implement the outcomes and findings of the technical assistance through various mechanisms which require cross departmental coordination?

Demonstration that the Project Contributes to a Larger Plan

How does the project contribute to the larger vision of the community that is supported by key stakeholders?

Ability to leverage other federal, state, or philanthropic funds

Has the community received related technical assistance from EPA, HUD, DOT, or other federal agencies in the past that could be augmented by this Building Blocks technical assistance effort? Has the city received other sources of funding that could support, leverage, or expand upon the technical assistance? Is the community concurrently applying for other assistance that could further leverage the assistance being requested here?

See examples of prior projects HERE

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