The Town of Sudbury Facilities Department, invites sealed proposals for consultant services to provide a Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Consumption-Based Emissions Inventory inclusive of all labor, materials, and equipment necessary. The Consultant will work with Town staff and relevant stakeholders in the development of a methodology and the completion of an emissions inventory enabling an emissions forecast for a future year or years. Sealed separate services and price proposals will be received at the Facilities Department 275 Old Lancaster Road, Sudbury Massachusetts 01776 until 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2023, for providing to the Town of Sudbury these consultant services.
Copies of the Request for Proposal (RFP) may be obtained by email request to Facilities@sudbury.ma.us or by calling 978-440-5466, on or after Monday, July 17, 2023. The Town of Sudbury reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, waive any minor informalities in the proposal process, and accept the proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the Town.
Questions concerning the Request for Proposals must be submitted in writing by 12:00 pm on Thursday, July 27, 2023, to Sustainability Coordinator Dani Marini-King at the address above or by email to Facilities@sudbury.ma.us. Answers to questions will be posted to the website in the form of an Addendum.
Two separate sealed envelopes – a sealed envelope containing one original and five copies of the non-price proposal and one electronic copy marked “Non-Price Proposal, Consultant Services for a Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas and Consumption-Based Emissions Inventory”, and a sealed envelope containing the price proposal form marked “Price-Proposal, Consulting Services for a Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas and Consumption-Based Emissions Inventory” – must be received by Dani Marini-King, Sustainability Coordinator, Town of Sudbury, Facilities Department, 275 Old Lancaster Road, Sudbury, prior to 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2023. Failure to submit the electronic copy of the non-price proposal will automatically result in rejection. Any proposals received after such time will not be accepted, unless the date and time has been changed by addendum. Delivery to any other office or department does not constitute compliance with this paragraph, unless the proposals are received by the Sustainability Coordinator by the established deadline.
The Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas and Consumption-Based Emissions Inventory will advance the Town’s efforts to reduce and manage climate change impacts, and will fulfill the commitments the Town made during the Climate Emergency Declaration of 2022.
The Climate Emergency Declaration passed with majority vote at the Sudbury 2022 Annual Town Meeting. This declaration stated that a climate emergency significantly threatens the safety and wellbeing of the Town, its residents, the natural world, and our fellow people around the world. It also declared that mobilizing urgently in response to this threat is a moral imperative and also an opportunity to build a more just and ecologically sustainable economy. The declaration called on Town government and staff, as well as Sudbury civic groups, businesses, and residents to commit to a climate mobilization effort to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, but in no case slower than the state benchmarks of 50% reduction by 2030, 75% reduction by 2040, and net zero by 2050 (relative to 1990 baseline levels), as enacted by the Massachusetts General Court and signed into law by former Governor Baker. In addition, the declaration authorized the creation of the position of Sustainability Coordinator and required the development of a Climate Mobilization Action Plan that at a minimum included:
- An estimate of present community-wide greenhouse gas emissions from the Town of Sudbury broken down by sector.
- An estimate of community-wide 1990 baseline greenhouse gas emissions for the Town of Sudbury.
- A method for estimating the benefits and costs of potential changes and actions relative to the ‘business as usual’ case.
- A menu of strategies, tactics, and policies for the residents, businesses, and municipal government of Sudbury to reduce their share of greenhouse gas emissions and sequester greenhouse gasses.
- Plans for community outreach, engagement, and education to facilitate implementation.
- Plans to ensure that the costs of the required mobilization do not unfairly burden those who are economically or socially disadvantaged and that the realized benefits of a more just and sustainable future accrue to all.
The Town’s Sustainability Coordinator will assist the Consultant as needed with this inventory. The first edition of the Climate Mobilization Action Plan has been drafted by the Town, and will be updated with emissions data and reduction strategies gathered following the completion of this inventory. This inventory provides the necessary foundation and baseline that advances and enables Sudbury’s work towards setting greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, engaging specific sectors in actions to reduce emissions, developing a plan to reduce emissions, and tracking the community’s progress towards the emission reduction targets.