The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for the inaugural 2022 Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Green Contract Services Grants (“CBE Green”). CBE Green, an initiative within DSLBD and funded by DOEE, will award grants to CBE service firms to provide critical back-office supports to other CBEs - certified small business enterprises (SBEs), resident-owned businesses (ROBs), or disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) interested in pursuing contract and procurement opportunities with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), an entity committed to helping District residents, businesses, and institutions save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Eligible back-office support services covered by CBE Green grants include: accounting, proposal development, legal support, project management, and internal systems development.
The grant opened June 10, 2022, and will close July 1, 2022, at 2:00 PM (EST).
Who Can Apply?
Current Certified Business Enterprises (CBE) are eligible to apply.
DSLBD maintains a database of all active Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs). The database is updated in real-time when a business is certified by the Department. The database includes a business profile for all CBEs that contains the CBE contact information, business description, and NIGP codes. To learn more about CBEs, click here.
How Do I Apply?
All instructions are included in the formal “Request for Applications” (RFA), available for download on DSLBD’s website on June 10, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to read the full Request for Applications.
We will hold online virtual information sessions. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend a virtual information session. Details on information sessions can be found on the Eventbrite page using the following link: http://bit.ly/DSLBDeventbrite.
Additional Information & Videos:
- Benchmarking 101 Video
Benchmarking means tracking a building’s energy and water use to compare its performance against past performance and to its peers nationwide. These comparisons have been shown to drive energy efficiency upgrades and increase occupancy rates and property values.
Benchmarking requirements were originally signed into law through the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (CAEA). The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018 expanded the benchmarking requirements to cover smaller buildings and added data verification requirements. This presentation will cover the basics of benchmarking and these new and upcoming changes to the regulatory requirements.
- Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS)
The Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS or Standards) were outlined in Title III of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. The BEPS is a minimum threshold of energy performance that will be no lower than the local median ENERGY STAR score by property type (or equivalent metric).
The standards were created to drive energy performance in existing buildings to help meet the energy and climate goals of the Sustainable DC plan — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 50% by 2032. This presentation will cover the basics of the BEPS and what they mean for the regulated building community.
- Train Green Information Session (FREE training for CBEs!)
The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps District residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money through energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Led by the Sustainable Energy Partnership and under contract to the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), the DCSEU is committed to environmental preservation, community engagement, and economic development.
In this video, learn more about their many Train Green training and certification opportunities for CBEs and DC residents to learn specific green skills required for DCSEU subcontracts and more!
Final Deadline: The absolute deadline to apply online is July 1, 2022, at 2:00 PM eastern, with no exceptions. Applications will only be accepted through the online application system listed in the Request for Applications (RFA) on DSLBD’s website.