District Sustainability Awards

Read about the good work already being done by residents, businesses, and organizations to make a more Sustainable DC!

District Sustainability Awards

2016 sustainability awards

Each year, the District Sustainability Awards highlight businesses, individuals, and organizations that are working towards a more sustainable DC. Awardees’ projects and programs support the Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan and include actions taken in energy and water conservation, pollution prevention or reduction, resource conservation, low impact development, stormwater management, green building construction and operation, sustainability initiatives, innovative technology, green products or services, recycling/composting, environmental leadership, environmental education, and employee commitment. For more information on the program, please visit the District Sustainability Awards site.

If you have questions, contact Mary Lynn Wilhere at marylynn.wilhere@dc.gov or (202) 535-1939.


In a ceremony at the Embassy of Finland, Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) Director, Tommy Wells presented the 2016 District Sustainability Awards to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainability. The honorees support the goals of the District’s sustainability plan, Sustainable DC, in areas such as energy and water conservation, renewable energy production, healthy food access, stormwater management, green jobs development, and sustainable waste management.

This year, DOEE added two new categories: The People’s Choice Award and the PowerDown DC Award. The People’s Choice Award category was open to the public to cast their vote for the most sustainable entity from a ballot of nominees. The PowerDown DC Award goes to the buildings with the greatest reductions of energy and water usage within the PowerDown DC Challenge.

Reaching the ambitious goals of the Sustainable DC Plan will take the work of the entire District community. Fortunately, in DC, there is no shortage of community champions working hard to make their businesses, neighborhoods—and our city as a whole—more sustainable. Whether it be neighborhood solar purchasing, church tree plantings, block party trash clean-ups, school gardens, and small business energy efficiency improvements, these heroes show us what’s possible and encourage others to take action as well.



2015 District Sustainability Award Winners

2014 District Sustainability Award Winners

2013 District Sustainability Award Winners

2012 District Sustainability Award Winners

Previous year award winners can be found here.


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