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April 27, 2022

Boulder County launches Climate Innovation Fund


County seeks bids that support carbon dioxide removal, landscape resilience and restoration


Boulder County, CO — Boulder County's Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience has launched a Climate Innovation Fund to support local projects focused on carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and landscape resilience and restoration. The Fund, totaling $450,000, is seeking proposals for these local projects during the application window of April 28, 2022 through May 27, 2022.

“The climate crisis is already impacting everyday life in Boulder County in the form of year-round wildfire seasons, poor air quality, and more days of extreme heat,” said Susie Strife, Boulder County Director of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience. “We need to continue to invest in rapid emissions reductions and the critical counterpart of restoring our atmosphere through carbon dioxide removal if we are serious about supporting the solutions needed to meet our climate goals."

Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience is seeking innovative climate solutions with the goal to support carbon dioxide removal, and landscape resilience and restoration through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Boulder County seeks to foster local projects that respond to and mitigate climate change impacts in recognition of the fact that local government resources need to be mobilized in order to advance carbon drawdown, emissions reduction objectives, and climate adaptation strategies for increased resilience.

In developing this initiative, Boulder County has partnered with Carbon Direct Inc., a leading carbon management advisory and technology firm backed by over 40 of the world’s leading carbon scientists.

“We are excited to support Boulder County’s impressive efforts to promote place-based climate change mitigation through local carbon removal, and restoration and resilience projects,” said Sarah Federman, Senior Science Advisor for Carbon Direct and Boulder County resident. “This initiative is an essential building block towards confronting the reality of the impacts of climate change in our daily lives and creating foundations of resilience and sustainability in our communities.”

Learn more about the Climate Innovation Fund and how to apply during an informational webinar at 12 p.m. Mountain Time on April 28, 2022 hosted via this Zoom link. For more information on submission guidelines, please visit the RFQ.

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About Boulder County's Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience

Boulder County is experiencing the impacts of a warming climate in the form of reduced snowpack, earlier snowmelt, increased risk of high intensity wildfires, extreme weather events, and an increased number of “high heat” days. Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience works to ensure that we are prepared to survive and thrive in the face of shocks and stresses related to climate change while also supporting programs and policies that fight the climate crisis through rapid emissions reductions and carbon dioxide removal. Follow Boulder County's Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more.

About Carbon Direct Inc.

Carbon Direct Inc. combines scientific expertise and technology to decarbonize the global economy. Carbon Direct's advisory business helps clients fulfill their carbon commitments, from carbon footprinting through to carbon removal portfolio procurement, and their software technology facilitates the purchasing of high-quality removals with proprietary APIs. Carbon Direct’s team of over 40 of the world’s leading carbon scientists has a critical understanding of the risks and opportunities of carbon technologies. Learn more at https://www.carbon-direct.com.


Mission of the Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience

Our mission is to advance policies and programs that conserve resources, protect the environment, and safeguard our climate in order to build a sustainable, just, and resilient community.