Sustainable DC has engaged people across the city to raise awareness, gather input, and tap into the wisdom and knowledge of community members, institutions, and organizations. In November 2011, Mayor Gray kicked off nine different working groups that identified innovative ways to make the District more sustainable. Over the winter of 2011-2012, over 700 dedicated District residents in the nine working groups met every other week to identify and prioritize potential goals and actions within the specific sustainability topics, including: the built environment, climate, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, water, and the green economy. The products of those working groups now form the basis of the goals and actions that are in the plan, including the 4 crosscutting challenges and the 7 sustainability solutions. The commitment from these working groups is a great example of the commitment and support that city residents have for the Sustainable DC Plan.
- Sustainable DC Work Group Responsibilities and Background [PDF]
- All Working Groups Top 25 Recommendations [PDF]
- Full List of Recommendations for All Working Groups [PDF]
- Proposed Actions for the Sustainable DC Implementation Plan [PDF]
Community Conversations on Health, Education, Jobs, and Equity
Throughout the working group process, four topics emerged as critical areas of sustainability that relate to each of the nine working groups: