Grand Prize- Kevin Wolf: Global climate change is resulting in more extreme rain events, which causes more nuisance flooding of the Tidal Basin. Photo is from June 28, 2015 sunrise over a flooded Tidal Basin
Youth Award- Amari Walton: A greenhouse collecting heat from the sun that goes to the plants acts similar to the way in which the CO2 gas blocks heat from escaping the earth’s surface and contributes to global warming.
Camera Phone Award- Patrick Benko: The first thing to go will be your looks. Many of the places and scenes we love will disappear as sea levels rise and storms become more damaging. Tidal and coastal flooding is just a preview of the changes to come. In the case of the Cherry Blossoms, it wouldn’t just be a shoreline but also millions of dollars in tourism revenue and the loss of a significant part of DC’s culture.
People’s Choice- Suzanne Wells: Bicycling is part of the solution to addressing climate change because bikes don’t emit CO2. As an added benefit, biking is a healthy, convenient and enjoyable way to get around!
Honorable Mention- Alexandra Hay: This Memorial Day weekend, I attended my first baseball game at National Parks and was delighted to see green roofs (they look great with all those red Nats t-shirts)! It is fantastic to see sustainable measures being taken in such a prominent spot, reminding the thousands of baseballs fans who visit that every inch of the city–from stadiums to food stands–can and should be made a little greener.
Misty Brown: Playtime! Kids loving the award-winning green innovation waterfront at Yards Park.
Erica Flock: According to DC Water, roughly 600 million gallons of combined sewage overflows (CSOs) into the Potomac River each year after heavy rains. Heavy downpours are increasing across the country due to climate change and DC is looking to avoid CSOs with green infrastructure like rain gardens and green roofs.
John Sonderman: The Army Corp of Engineers and the National Park Service conducting a test deployment of the new 17th Street flood barrier. This flood barrier is a key defense against higher storm surges from future, potentially more intense, hurricanes.
Victoria Pickering: The frozen Potomac River is actually caused by warming—the polar vortex moves south because of warming temperatures shrinking ice in northern seas and weakening the jet stream.
Rebecca Davis: Environmental education is key to fighting climate change. Every year DOEE, Earth Force and DCEEC employees engage 400 DC middle schoolers during the Anacostia Environmental Youth Festival and teach about restoring the Anacostia watershed and other environmental topics while being outdoors.
Alexandra Hay: Theodore Roosevelt Island is one of the most amazing places—you feel like you’re miles away, surrounded by nature, and yet you haven’t left the city. At the same time, the island’s many trees are working to cool the city and prevent flooding–two important aspects of climate change in DC.
Alexandra Hay: Canal Park was built on a former parking lot—an awesome replacement for acres of impermeable pavement! More parks and more greenery means more space for stormwater to be absorbed, less flooding, and more beautiful places for people to enjoy.
Kevin Wolf: Global climate change results in more extreme rain events, which causes more nuisance flooding in DC. Photo is from June 28, 2015 flooded Tidal Basin.
In just one generation – 20 years – the District of Columbia will be the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States. An international destination for people and investment, the District will be a model of innovative policies and practices that improve quality of life and economic opportunity. We will demonstrate how enhancing our natural and built environments, investing in a diverse clean economy, and reducing disparities among residents can create an educated, equitable, and prosperous society.