Sustainable DC
Built Environment



25 District Government agencies involved in creating the planImplementing Sustainable DC 2.0’s 167 actions and 36 targets will require commitment and perseverance from the District Government. However, how the Sustainable DC 2.0 plan is implemented is equally important to ensure we are making good progress. For the past five years, the District Government has released a report detailing the progress made in implementing each of the original Sustainable DC’s 143 actions, which you can find below. Other programs have also been launched to support sustainability in DC. The Sustainable DC Volunteer program was launched to help residents learn more about sustainability and connect them to hands-on sustainability programs. Some of the largest land and building owners were organized into sector pledges—universities, international institutions, healthcare providers, and businesses—to increase their sustainability. Still, much more work needs to be done to ensure that the next 15 years of implementation continue with a renewed focus on Sustainable DC’s role in making the District of Columbia more equitable and relevant to the entire community.

Individual: Every resident, regardless of where they live, should be afforded the opportunity to access all the public services and financial incentives that District Government offers, to improve the quality of their lives. Residents and especially those who’ve been underserved also deserve to be educated on plans and projects and a convenient way to weigh in on them. Through Sustainable DC, District Government will strive to create a method to ensure its community engagement reaches those who have not weighed in, resulting in more equitable outcomes.

Neighborhood: The District’s public school buildings, recreation centers, and libraries are critical facilities for the development of residents. As we renovate these buildings to be healthy and green, they become excellent opportunities for communities to learn about green building, energy-efficiency, stormwater management, and sustainable waste diversion. By making buildings more sustainable, we are also transforming them into tools for communal learning.

District: A growing population of sustainability stewards engaged in community-driven processes will lead to positive impacts in all communities, but especially communities of color and those with limited English proficiency. More importantly, District Government employees will have the opportunity to better understand how to shape programs and initiatives that are most attractive to residents based on the needs of their individual communities.

Sustainable DC Governance Goal

The Sustainable DC 2.0 governance goal is to expand District Government leadership to implement the Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan.

Who We Are

A core team of District Government employees at the Department of Energy and the Environment and the Office of Planning have been tasked with implementing Sustainable DC 2.0. This team will develop an annual progress report, develop policies to support sustainability inside and outside District Government, strengthen partnerships with District agency and external partners, and ensure community engagement is centered on people of color. You can read past Sustainable DC progress reports to see how DC has been implementing the original Sustainable DC plan since 2013.

There's More

The Governance goal also directly connects to goals in Equity and certainly impacts and informs every other section of the Plan.

Read the entire Governance section below, or read the whole plan here.

There are ways to take action at home and in your community. Learn more here.

Want to volunteer with SDC as we work towards sustainability? Sign up here.