Take Action

Learn about some of the ways you can take action to achieve Sustainable DC goals.


Whether you realize it or not, you are already part of Sustainable DC. Every day, each of us can—and increasingly do—contribute to creating a healthier, greener, and more livable city. Adjusting the thermostat a few degrees doesn’t just save money, it reduces pollution and conserves resources. Shopping at one of DC’s 41 farmers markets doesn’t just provide better tasting food, it supports the local economy. Walking or riding a bike isn’t just economical, it’s sustainable for us all. See! You’re already part of Sustainable DC!

There are so many other ways our everyday decisions affect citywide sustainability and have a real impact on the resources we consume and the money we spend.

Did you know?

  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
  • Setting the thermostat two degrees lower in the winter (or higher in the summer) reduces carbon pollution by 2,000 pounds each year—and saves you money.
  • One ton of 100% recycled paper saves 4,100 kilowatt hours of energy, 7,000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air pollution, and three cubic yards of landfill space.

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