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For the purposes of NYSERDA’s Regional Clean Energy Hubs RFP, the following terms apply:  

Career Pathways Partnership: regional partnership that supports resource and program alignment to enhance existing formalized career pathways, partnerships with potential employers, and other workforce development opportunities to improve alignment between and linkages among community-based training providers, educational institutions, and employers around employment and career development opportunities.

Clean Energy Communities (CEC): a NYSERDA program that provides grants, coordinator support, and a clear path forward to local governments that demonstrate leadership by completing NYSERDA-selected high-impact actions. 

Clean Heating and Cooling Communities: a NYSERDA program that supports communities in implementing multi-year community-based outreach and education campaigns aimed at getting groups of homes and businesses in New York State to install clean heating and cooling technologies.

Climate Smart Communities (CSC): a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Certification program which recognizes municipalities for taking climate action by offering technical assistance, grants, and rebates for communities to help reduce harmful emissions, build resilience to climate change, and thrive in the new resilient green economy.

Community-Based Organization: For purposes of this initiative, a Community-Based Organization refers to a public or private organization aimed at making desired improvements to a community's social health, well-being, and overall functioning, and  represents a community or significant segments of a community; and provides services to individuals in the community, based on input from community members.

Contractor(s): refers to the organization(s) successfully awarded contract(s) through this solicitation.

Energy Advisor: refers to a locally based representative with a demonstrated strong presence in their county(ies) and region(s) hired by Contractor(s) and approved by NYSERDA to effectively provide the services requested in this RFP. Energy Advisors will be part of the project team responsible for providing services throughout the entire region. Energy Advisors must live, work or perform services within the region they propose to serve. Energy Advisors can be employees or subcontractors to the primary Contractor.

Energy Professional: a contractor, installer, or consultant that performs assessments or installation of energy efficiency or renewable energy measures through programs including, but not limited to, Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, EmPower New York, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), NYS Clean Heat, NY-Sun, Renewable Heat NY, Multifamily Performance Program, Flextech, Comfort Home, and other clean energy programs.

Equitable Stakeholder Engagement: refers to identifying and engaging diverse stakeholders, with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities that have historically not been effectively engaged in development and planning of programs and policies to ensure all communities can participate in and benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.

Hub Director: refers to staff responsible for managing the Hub team, ensuring professionalism and an appropriately skilled Energy Advisor network, submitting all project deliverables.

Hub Services: the work performed by Contractor(s) awarded funding under this RFP, to manage and provide community-based outreach and engagement to individuals, small businesses, non-profits, and affordable property owners, and other services as described in the RFP.

MWBE: Minority and/or Women-owned Business Enterprise Certified by NYS Empire State Development

Partners: groups, organizations, companies and/or individuals working within an economic development region that Hubs will collaborate with to deliver services, as outlined in this RFP. For contracting purposes, if a funding or resourcing agreement exists between a Hub and a partner organization, the organization should be identified as a subcontractor in the proposal. Partners are not considered subcontractors or entities receiving compensation through a contract with NYSERDA but will actively work with a Hub in the region.

Partnership: strategic relationships created by the Contractor and/or its subcontractor organization(s) with the goal of extending NYSERDA’s outreach and engagement to disadvantaged communities that does not involve a contractual relationship with the Contractor under the Regional Clean Energy Hub initiative. A partnership is characterized by demonstrated activity, including but not limited to cross promotion of programs or services, cross-referrals, support of capacity building activities in the community, support with accessing wrap-around resources, etc.

Priority Populations: As defined by NYSERDA Clean Energy Workforce Development  

Region: one of the ten (10) economic development regions as defined by the New York State Empire State Development Corporation. Regions include Capital District, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York.

Regional Clean Energy Hub (Hub): refers to a team of organizations developed in response to this solicitation, responsible for establishing and fostering partnerships in their region to deliver services at the community level, as requested in this RFP. 

Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs): New York State established ten (10) REDCs comprised of members of the local communities to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth to meet the goals and objectives for their regions.  The state is divided into ten (10) regions: Capital District, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York. 

SDVOB: Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses Certified by NYS Office of General Services.

Small Business: In New York State, the definition of a small business for the purposes of Chapter 15 Economic development law, S 131 (Article 4-B Division for Small Business), “a small business shall be deemed to be one which is resident in this state, independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field and employs one hundred or less persons.”

Subcontractor: an organization that has a contractual agreement/MOU with the Contractor to perform the services in this solicitation.

Team: proposing organization and their subcontractors/partners providing services as outlined in the Statement of Work.