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Climate Leadership Coordinators

Request for Proposals

Project Name: Climate Leadership Coordinator Services

Project Description

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DEC's Office of Climate Change (OCC) seeks proposals from qualified organizations to serve as Climate Leadership Coordinators to provide support services to communities as part of the Climate Smart Communities Program. The selected contractors will engage and support municipal action through outreach, planning, education, and capacity building to local governments and their communities on climate change mitigation and adaptation within one of three territories. The contractors will also engage communities in participatory climate future scenario planning, develop climate change adaptation and resilience plans, and convene climate and transportation listening sessions to inform sustainable and low-carbon transportation policies. These actions will help New York State meet its requirements of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent of their 1990 levels by 2030 and increasing community resilience and adaptation to unavoidable current and future climate change impacts.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Climate Leadership Coordinator Services initiative is available in electronic format beginning May 24, 2021, by sending an email request with full organizational contact information to

Proposals for the Climate Leadership Coordinator Services initiative are due by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Proposals should be received by the due date at:

Office of Management and Budget, Bureau of Expenditure Accounting
625 Broadway, 10th Floor
Albany, New York, 12233-5027

Each proposal submission must be clearly labelled with the name of the proposer and the name of the territory it proposes to provide services for. Proposals must include one hard copy and an electronic copy submitted by external flash drive (thumb drive).

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was held Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.

The recording of the presentation can be found via the link below.

Climate Leadership Coordinators RFP Webinar Slides (PDF)


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The deadline for submitting questions regarding the RFP was June 7, 2021. Answers to questions have been compiled and are available at the link below.

RFP Question and Answer Document (PDF)

The Contractor shall adhere to DEC Guidelines Regarding Permissible Contacts During a Procurement and the Prohibition of Inappropriate Lobbying Influence. Proposers may receive announcements of future procurement opportunities by signing up for the DEC Climate Smart Communities electronic mailing list "DEC Delivers" below.

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