Climate Action Plan | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Climate Action Plan


The City of Lakewood is seeking a consultant to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for both the municipality and community at large.  The Request for Proposals can be found here.

Lakewood is seeking to integrate CAP outcomes and recommendations with an eye towards sustainably balancing municipal priorities, policies, and programs across environmental, economic, and social considerations.

Building upon the work of the 2019 Resiliency Task Force, the CAP will support the City’s overall sustainability efforts and will contribute to other planning efforts the City is currently engaged in.  The City is undertaking efforts in anti-racism, universal design (ADA), and a Community-focused Health Needs Assessment whose outcomes and recommendations will also inform the City’s programs, investments, and policies.

Lakewood’s initial overarching priorities are provided for consideration:

  • Contribution to a cohesive, integrated Sustainability initiative that considers people, place, and prosperity in our neighborhoods.
  • Metrics to analyze and prioritize city investments. Produce realistic metrics that can be used to guide prioritization, measure progress, and refine actions.
  • A focused and integrated set of actions and goals that facilitate a measurable shift in outcomes towards an appropriate balance of environmental, economic, and social well-being across our community.
  • Ensuring the actions address social and racial equity, making sure that no Lakewood resident is left behind as the community moves forward by involving frontline communities in the planning and decision-making process.
  • Identify and foster partnerships. Lakewood knows that government is just one group, and not necessarily always the most appropriate group to affect change.  Through these plans we expect to bring others to the table and move towards common goals and interests.

Climate Action Plan

The City of Lakewood has taken the initiative to be a regional leader when it comes to implementing sustainable projects city-wide.  City Council and the administration has worked hard to build awareness and momentum for environmental projects that affect our air and water quality.  While an initial level of progress has been achieved across a variety of projects, a CAP is needed to better define objectives and milestones and to prioritize next steps towards our goal to reduce emissions for city operations and across the broader community. Additionally, creating Lakewood’s first CAP through an equity lens will help meet the city’s stated 100% renewable energy goal while working to ensure everyone benefits from this transition.

We can realize significant impacts where they are needed most by supporting equitable approaches to energy efficiency and renewable energy, reducing transportation emissions and providing equitable access to transportation options, re-growing our tree canopy and creating vibrant green space in all Lakewood neighborhoods, expanding access to local food, and more. This CAP will pull together a variety of isolated mitigation and adaptation/resiliency initiatives into an aggressive and comprehensive plan, creating momentum and accountability within the City, its Resiliency Task Force, and additional partners.

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  • RFP Q&A+-

    Page 3 note says “The City also received a grant through Power a Clean Future Ohio to conduct an updated inventory in 2021 using the CURB tool. The chosen consultant will utilize existing data and supplement with additional data as necessary to customize Lakewood’s Plan, including recommending the best protocol/metrics moving forward.”  Can you please clarify – is the scope of the 2021 inventory using CURB outside of the scope of services of this proposal?

    The 2021 Greenhouse Gas inventory that will be conducted using the CURB tool is being done by a consultant provided by Power a Clean Future Ohio.  This inventory is part of an equity training initiative that the City is participating in.  The City wants to ensure that we consider all available tools for tracking greenhouse gasses – and select the one that is most appropriate and user-friendly for Lakewood.  This may mean the City moves forward with the CURB tool, or it may mean pivoting to a more customized or appropriate tracking tool, based on the consultant’s recommendations and guidance.

    Scope of services, item 3 indicates the consultant should plan on three advisory committee meetings.  Can teams propose more than three meetings if they believe it may best fit their proposed work plan?

    Yes.  We would appreciate any guidance or recommendations that the Consultant may have on the amount or frequency of advisory committee meetings.

    Is the Advisory Committee already assembled?  If not, will the consultant be supporting the design and assembly of this committee?

    In 2019, the City convened the Resiliency Task Force made up of professionals with experience on a broad range of sustainability/resiliency topics.  They discussed various themes throughout the year.  It is the intention to leverage this group in an advisory capacity as needed to support the Climate Action Plan development.  If an area of expertise is missing and recommended by the consultant, the city can work to identify local leaders in that area and consider adding them to the committee.

    Page 4 submittal requirements indicates submissions should be 20 pages or less.  Can you clarify if the intent is 20 pieces of paper (i.e. 40 faces)?

    The intent was 20 PDF pages or faces.  As stated, any example plans included as attachments would not be included in the page count.

    Page 5 criteria: Can you please clarify how the “Timeline” evaluation will be based on?  Is this based on meeting the RFP’s indicated 12 month process, or will shorter timeframes earn higher points?  If shorter timeframes are assigned higher points, how might this be balanced against an appropriate project approach and community engagement timeline?

    The project approach is weighted more heavily than the timeline.  The scoring for the timeline criteria will ask the following:

    Does the proposal provide a thoughtful and realistic timeline that meets or exceeds the 12-month timeframe?

    Has the City identified the Advisory Committee members, or will the City look to the consultant team to do so?

    In 2019, the City convened the Resiliency Task Force made up of professionals with experience on a broad range of sustainability/resiliency topics.  They discussed various themes throughout the year.  It is the intention to leverage this group in an advisory capacity as needed to support the Climate Action Plan development.  If an area of expertise is missing and recommended by the consultant, the city can work to identify local leaders in that area and consider adding them to the committee.

    In addition to the CURB tool, would the City be interested in a customized GHG emissions spreadsheet tool for Lakewood?

    Yes, the City would like to explore options. The City wants to ensure that we consider all available tools for tracking greenhouse gasses – and select the one that is most appropriate and user-friendly for Lakewood. This may mean the City moves forward with the CURB tool, or it may mean pivoting to a more customized or appropriate tracking tool, based on the consultant’s recommendations and guidance. It is anticipated the successful consultant will present the City with options in this regard.

    Is the City interested in an emissions inventory for City operations (in addition to the community-wide emissions analysis)?

    Yes.

    Is it appropriate to assume that the City is interested in both virtual and in-person community engagement meetings and activities?

    Yes.  The City would be open to a mix of virtual and in-person meetings.  The City will work with the successful consultant on determining the best balance to reach the community.

    Does the City have a particular number of or format for community meetings that it wishes to see utilized for the project?

    We would appreciate any guidance or recommendations that the Consultant may have on the amount or frequency of community meetings.  The City would like to conduct a minimum of two public meetings.  Lakewood residents appreciate in-person meetings, especially now that COVID restrictions are lifting.  A minimum of two meetings should be conducted, with a preference for outdoor gathering areas when feasible.

    Regarding the final plan: in addition to (or in lieu of) a written/printed document, would Lakewood be interested in a web-based version of the plan (i.e., a website for sharing the plan with the community)?

    The City would be interested in a document to summarize the work that was done, and a plan to utilize the City website to communicate about the plan and progress.

    Does the City have, or plan on implementing, a transportation demand management plan? What level of detail is the City interested in including in the plan in regard to reducing single occupancy vehicle travel and increasing multimodal/transit travel (i.e., shall the CAP identify specific locations and infrastructure for biking/walking/transit, etc.)?

    Lakewood is ranked the most walkable city in Ohio according to the ranking by Walkscore (https://www.walkscore.com/OH). The City also has done extensive bike planning and has worked with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to improve stops in Lakewood.  Work in these areas should be acknowledged by the plan and included in the metrics as appropriate, but a specific transportation demand management plan is not anticipated.