As we celebrate Earth Day today, it is good to take stock of how we as citizens of the District of Columbia can reduce our negative impact on the environment. The District government can help you achieve this. The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has a Green Energy DC resource that outlines the city’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including the Renewable Energy Incentive Program and the energy efficiency resources for businesses. The link to Green Energy DC is http://ddoe.dc.gov/service/green-energy-dc.
Moreover, Mayor Gray, who recently signed the Sustainable DC Act, has outlined his vision to make the District the “healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States” over the next 20 years in his Sustainable DC Plan. The plan addresses ways we can: protect the local environment and global climate; meliorate the health of residents through clean water and air; improve equity and diversity through equal access to services and assistance for those in need; and create jobs and grow the economy. The Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan can be found at http://sustainable.dc.gov/finalplan.