Sustainability and RFPs

The Request For Proposal (RFP) process allows municipalities, government agencies, grant foundations, and other organizations to incorporate principles, such as sustainability, prior to choosing consultants to carry out projects. The RFP process is a unique opportunity to focus consultants on sustainability through project planning, environmental review, final design, specification development and construction. The criteria for creating RFP language that promote sustainability successfully:

  • Are consist with sustainability principles, as established by categories in the ISI Envision Self-Assessment checklist
  • Are specific to the organization developing the RFP
  • Utilize the Envision rating tool
  • Encourage sustainable solutions
  • Are cost effective, and budget conscious.

Incorporating sustainability principles into RFPs
Members of the Emerging Leaders Academy Class V (2012) developed a report as part of their class project designed to incorporate sustainability principles into requests for proposal. (click image to download the RFP Guidance document)
The report includes the following documents that can help agencies transform the way public works infrastructure is developed, operated and maintained: