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Boston Issues RFP for Urban Forest

Friday, October 16, 2020

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The city of Boston has issued a Request for Proposals late last month to design an Urban Forest Plan. According to Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the city is seeking a partner “to develop an equitable vision for the protection and expansion of the City's tree canopy goals.”

"As we plan for our city's future, we're working to ensure Boston is an equitable, safe city for all residents," said Walsh.

"We know how critical trees are as we fight climate change and improve the quality of life for all residents. This urban forest plan is the first of its kind in Boston and is an opportunity to ensure every neighborhood has the resources they deserve and need. Boston is committed to strengthening our environmental work, and creating a brighter, greener future for all."

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The city of Boston has issued a Request for Proposals late last month to design an Urban Forest Plan. According to Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Deparmtent, the city is seeking a partner “to develop an equitable vision for the protection and expansion of the City's tree canopy goals.”

The consultant will be tasked with developing strategies to promote growth, longevity and protection of Boston’s urban canopy over the next 20 years, as well as create a framework for expansion and modification for projected future conditions including climate change, development and other factors.

"Mayor Walsh's FY21 budget provided a clear path forward with new funding for an urban forest plan and the staff to implement it,” said Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space. "The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will continue to care for Boston's trees, and this plan represents a huge step toward proactive canopy stewardship."

As part of the proposal, respondents are to describe efforts to identify, contact and consider Small Local Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises, Woman Business Enterprises and Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises as subcontractors.

This RFP builds on the Walsh Administration's work to combat climate change and advance strategies to mitigate carbon mitigation. Walsh launched Climate Ready Boston in 2016, an initiative to develop resilient solutions that will prepare Boston for the effects of climate change: flooding due to sea-level rise and increased storms and extreme heat.

Interwoven into this planning is the Resilient Boston Harbor plan, which envisions a network of accessible open spaces and climate-ready buildings and infrastructure. This initiative aims to increase resilience to major flooding events, while also increasing access and open space area along the waterfront.

Proposals for this project are due by noon, Oct. 28.

   

Tagged categories: Bidding; Color + Design; Contract awards; Contracts; Government contracts; NA; Urban Planning; Z-Continents

Comment from Andrew Piedl, (10/16/2020, 9:05 AM)

This isn't really 'off the wall' or anything new. Lot's of city's are working to increase the number of trees (NYC has already completed an initiative to plant one million trees).


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