Learn about the Sustainable DC planning process.


Sustainable DC is the District of Columbia’s major planning effort to make DC the most sustainable city in the nation. Led by the Department of Energy & Environment and the Office of Planning, it is a collaborative effort involving the input and participation of thousands of members of the District community.

Background of Sustainable DC

Community engagement has been the foundation of Sustainable DC since it was first initiated in late summer 2011. A series of community meetings and discussions were organized to hear how residents would make DC more sustainable. More than 700 dedicated volunteers met every other week to draft a vision and develop recommendations for goals and actions within the topics of built environment, climate, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, water, and the green economy. The working groups recommended 900 goals and actions for consideration in the final plan.

Community leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors came together as the Green Ribbon Committee to review plan development from a range of perspectives and make sure the plan is beneficial to everyone who lives, works, or plays in DC. More than twenty District Government agency directors began meeting as the Green Cabinet to determine how District agencies can make the city more sustainable while advancing their core missions.

In April 2012, the input from all these groups was helped to form A Vision for a Sustainable DCThis Vision set the path for the full Sustainable DC Plan, which explains how we will achieve that vision.

In the 18 months of planning, over 180 public meetings and events were held, and almost 5,000 people learned about the plan. As we move from planning to acting, we reach out to even more people to ensure that DC becomes the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the United States!

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