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Sustainable DC Plan

The Sustainable DC Plan is the District’s first sustainability plan that lays out a path forward to make the District the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation over the next 20 years. In the summer of 2011, Mayor Gray announced a new initiative to make DC a leader in sustainability, while improving quality of life and creating new economic growth for all residents. Nearly 18 months later, with the collaboration and hard work of residents, workers, business leaders and professional experts, the District has a strategy to address our core urban challenges with innovative, forward thinking solutions focused around sustainability.

Through sustainable solutions in the built environment, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, and water, the plan addresses current and future challenges to:

  • create jobs and grow our economy while supporting local businesses;
  • improve citywide health through clean air and water and access to healthy food and lifestyles;
  • celebrate diversity and improve social equity through equal access to services and assistance for those who need it most; and
  • protect our local environment and global climate for wildlife, ourselves and our future generations.

We invite you to read the plan and look for ways that you can incorporate sustainability in your own daily lifestyle and choices! As One City, a city working together, we will make incredible progress toward our ambitious sustainability goals, which will have real and permanent benefits for all city residents!