Sustainability in DC

Sustainability means meeting our needs today without compromising the need of future generations. While DC faces sustainability challenges, the city is already leading the way in many areas and is working toward becoming the most sustainable city in the nation.


Since April 2010, the District’s population has grown by more than 30,600 residents, and all signs point to steady growth for years to come. As our population expands, we have an important decision to make. We can take decisive action now to ensure that residents — particularly the most vulnerable among us — benefit from increasing innovation and amenities, a broader tax base, a growing and diversified economy, and a wide range of new and accessible jobs or we can ignore this opportunity and allow historic gaps in education, income, housing, and access to transportation further divide our city.

The choice is clear. We must plan for a city that is sustainable — not just environmentally, but economically and socially as well. We must continue our investments to revitalize neighborhoods, expand transportation choices, better our health, restore rivers and parks, and improve our schools.


Making the District more sustainable takes vision. That’s why the District of Columbia developed a vision for a sustainable DC based on the community’s input:

In just one generation—20 years—the District of Columbia will be the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States.

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