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Strategy 6: Ensure That the District Becomes the Greenest City in the Nation

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On TrackAction Item 3.6.1: Minimize and offset greenhouse gas emissions.

The District government and many private sector partners continue numerous actions across the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, transportation and waste. Preliminary calculations indicate District greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are down 12% city-wide (and 23% in government operations) between 2006 and 2011, despite the city having grow by 6% in residential and workforce population during that time period. Final work on a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to mitigate GHG emissions and align with the ambitious goals of the Sustainable DC Plan is nearly complete. The CAP includes quantifiable measures aimed at reaching city-wide GHG reduction goals of 20% by 2015, 35% by 2020, 50% by 2032 and 80% by 2050 (measured against the 2006 baseline).


On TrackAction Item 3.6.2: Reduce the amount of waste produced in the District.

DDOE's support for waste reduction efforts includes coordination with DPW, DGS, OP, DC Water, and private sector organizations. DDOE is supporting pilots to remove organic matter from the waste stream through composting and efforts to plan for long-term expansion of composting services. DDOE is coordinating with US EPA Region 3 on the Food Recovery Challenge to promote waste reduction at educational institutions and the Federal Green Challenge to promote waste (and other sustainability practices) at federal facilities. Waste reduction is a common goal of all community engagement efforts on sustainability, including private sector challenges with universities, diplomatic institutions, and the DC Smarter Business Challenge piloted with the DowntownDC BID. DDOE publishes yearly reports on citywide recycling and waste diversion available at ddoe.dc.gov/publication/public-reports-recycling.


Complete  Action Item 3.6.3: Make District waterways clean and provide more green landscapes.

In FY 2013, the District finalized revised stormwater regulations and made changes to the zoning code that will significantly increase the use of landscaping and greenroofs to capture stormwater runoff. The revised stormwater regulations require development projects to capture the volume of runoff from 90% of storm events. Ongoing- The zoning change, referred to as the Green Area Ratio (GAR), requires projects to implement a minimum of green practices. Both of these programs will work together to meet  the goals in the Mayor’s One City Action Plan and accelerate the greening of the District. In FY 2012 and FY 2013, DDOE retrofited a total of 544,292 square feet of green roofs. Ongoing- The District's sediment project continues and a remedial investigation workplan has been drafted. Seven other site-specific clean-ups are also proceeding along the Anacostia River-- these cleanups involve soil, groundwater and sediment work.