The Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan is the city's plan to make DC the greenest, healthiest, most livable city. Sustainability is about balancing the environmental, economic, and social needs of the District of Columbia today as well as the needs of the next generation, and the one after that. Addressing climate change and restoring our natural environment remain top priorities for DC under Mayor Bowser, and in Sustainable DC 2.0, it was a top priority to also address the equally pressing economic and social needs of residents. To develop Sustainable DC 2.0, we had conversations with over 2,000 residents, with thousands more surveyed through the planning process. Learn more about the history of Sustainable DC and our planning process here. Sustainable DC works will all partner agencies to conduct an annual progress report on how the city is doing towards the goals, targets and actions established in Sustainable DC 2.0. Read the most recent progress report and find prior years' reports here.
Sustainable DC 2.0 aligned its goals with already existing plans, such as DC's Economic Strategy and the State Wildlife Action Plan, created after Sustainable DC's first iteration. It has inspired several other more detailed plans on particular sections, such as Clean Energy DC, Climate Ready DC, and strategies beginning their own development such as Zero Waste DC and Carbon Neutral DC. Learn more about all of our related plans here.
How to Use the Plan
The Sustainable DC 2.0 plan is broad. It contains 167 actions and 36 goals across 13 separate topics. This document has been designed to be read either cover-to-cover if you are feeling ambitious or as individual sections if you are interested in a specific topic. If you would simply like a summary of what each topic covers, a timeframe for implementation, and which District Government agencies are responsible for implementation, you can turn to the chart at the very end of this document. If you come across acronyms or a term you are not familiar with, you can flip to the list of acronyms or glossary in the back for a definition. Also, note that while the plan is largely written in the future tense, much of the work is already underway.
Sustainable DC Structure
Each of the 13 topics is organized into distinct goals, targets, and actions. Here’s what they mean: GOALS are big picture, overarching ambitions. ACTIONS explain how the District will reach each of the targets. Each goal usually has four or five quantitative TARGETS.