Based in Washington DC, Sustainable Strategies DC provides local governments, non-profits, coalitions, and green technology firms with strategic consulting, federal advocacy, funding support, grants advocacy, issue campaign management, environmental legal services, and other assistance. Our focus areas include community revitalization, sustainable community development, infrastructure investment, environmental and clean energy technologies, clean transportation, brownfields redevelopment, and other sustainability issues.
Led by experienced sustainability advocates and government affairs experts, including CEO Matt Ward and President Andrew Seth, and boosted by strategic alliances with a team of specialized firms, Sustainable Strategies DC will help you obtain the results you seek on sustainable community and green technology issues.
Looking for project funding? Need support for a clean energy or environmental restoration project? Seeking a public or private partner on your infrastructure project? Trying to overcome tough legal, regulatory or environmental policy challenges? Do you need a strategy or assessment of your project's opportunities and how you might navigate the federal process? Want to get something done in Washington, DC? The team at Sustainable Strategies DC has a solid track record of helping organizations create and implement strategies that can help you secure resources for revitalization and tools for success in the green economy. Let us know how we can serve you.
Download the January 8 Sustainability Funding Webinar
On January 8, Sustainable Strategies DC and Climate Communities hosted a "2015 Sustainability Funding Outlook: Dollars for Local Environmental Initiatives" webinar. Presenters provided an analysis of federal funding opportunities that will be available in 2015, and identified specific cuts of federal program funding. Climate Communities also highlighted philanthropic grant opportunities that will be available this year to support local sustainability initiatives. To download, click here for the archived presentation and click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
Funding Available for Ecosystem Resiliency
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the availability of $4 million for the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program. The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency awards will fund projects that develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and conservation. Priority will be given to projects that restore habitat to support healthy fish populations; provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits and resiliency to climate impacts; implement on-the-ground restoration actions that result in immediate beneficial impacts; demonstrate collaboration among multiple stakeholders; receive approval from the state governor; and, result in socioeconomic benefits associated with restoration of healthy and resilient coastal ecosystems. The deadline for applications is July 2, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
Grants Available for Coastal Resiliency Projects
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the availability of up to $5 million in competitive grant awards through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program. The program will support planning or implementing actions that mitigate the impacts of environmental drivers on overall resilience, including economic and environmental resilience. Funded projects should result in improved information for decision makers and actions that reduce risk, accelerate recovery, and promote adaptation to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions. Awards will be made to organizations that advance resilience strategies in plans for land and ocean use, disaster preparedness, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation, or other regional, state, or community plans. Grant awards will range from $500,000 to $1 million for projects lasting up to 3 years. In order to apply, projects must benefit coastal communities in one or more of the 35 U.S. Coastal states or territories. The deadline for applications is July 24, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Local Sustainability Projects
The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities has announced the seventh round of its Partners for Places grants competition to help fund local projects that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents. Partners for Places is a matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Projects must advance a key aspect of at least one of the following: a community-focused sustainability, climate action, or comprehensive plan provision that specifically addresses sustainability; any plan endorsed by the mayor or city manager that states the goal of balancing economic development, environmental quality, and equity; or an area identified for performance improvement or implementation for Certified STAR Communities. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. The deadline for applications is August 10, 2015. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com.
Funding Available for Green Infrastructure
Since 2009, states have been required to spend a portion of their Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) dollars on projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or environmentally innovative activities. Congress and President Obama have mandated that no less than 10 percent of these funds be dedicated to the Green Project Reserve. The state agencies that administer CWSRF programs have developed different methods to disperse Green Project Reserve dollars. Contact Sustainable Strategies DC for help in navigating how Green Project Reserve dollars are spent in your state. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonds Available for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated $3.2 billion in bond volume for the Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECB). QECBs are debt instruments that states, local governments and tribes can issue at extremely low rates to fund energy conservation projects, including energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy installations, green community programs, and public education campaigns. Each state received a QECB allocation proportionate to its population, which was subsequently sub-allocated to their largest local governments (cities and counties of 100,000 population or more). While a number of localities have successfully used QECBs, much of the $3.2 billion allocation remains unissued. In most states, cities and counties interested in funding energy projects with QECBs can still tap into unused allocations. Click here for more information. Contact Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 or email@example.com for additional details.