National Disaster Resilience Competition Community Education Programming in Springfield, MA
Date: 3/27/2017 - 9/30/2018
Description: Regreen Springfield, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is seeking a proposal for programming related to the upcoming Citizen Science Initiative and the Community Tree Steward Project that will be undertaken beginning in April 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
As a component of the National Disaster Resilience Competition's Community Engagement component on Climate Change and the Environment, ReGreen Springfield will undertake two programs that engage the community in environmental work. These programs educate the community about the impacts of climate change while providing volunteer assistance that enhances the capacity to care for trees and collect data regarding changing environmental conditions.
The Community Tree Steward Program will recruit, train, and engage volunteer community residents in all aspects of tree planting, care, and stewardship of trees in Springfield's low-income neighborhoods.
The Community-Based Citizen Science Initiative will engage neighborhood residents, youth, students, and others in gathering scientific data related to weather, air and water quality, ecosystem services, and sustainability. The project will use software and protocols developed by the U.S. Forest Service and will enhance that agency's latest urban research projects.
The proposed budget for the work is in the range of $140,000-200,000.
The solicitation for qualified proposals to carry out educational sessions for community residents is due on March 27, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern).