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Sustainable DC
Built Environment

Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan

Cover of the Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan

The Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan is the city's plan to make DC the healthiest, greenest, most livable city for all residents. 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. Sustainable DC 2.0 aligned its goals with existing plans, and inspired several more detailed plans on particular topics. Learn more about all of our related plans. Check out this short video to get an overview of the Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan.

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. Sustainable DC works with all partner agencies to conduct an annual progress report on how the city is doing toward the goals, targets, and actions established in Sustainable DC 2.0. Read about our recent progress. 

How to Use the Plan

The Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan can be viewed or downloaded below. It covers 13 topics: governance, equity, built environment, climate, economy, education, energy, food, health, nature, transportation, waste, and water. Each topic is organized into distinct goals, targets, and actions. Goals are big picture, overarching ambitions. Each goal usually has four or five quantitative targets. Actions explain how the District will reach each of the targets.

The plan 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 the plan. 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. Note that while the plan is largely written in the future tense, much of the work is already underway.