Fifth Year Progress Report: April 2018

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You may have noticed that this year’s progress report is a lot shorter than usual. Don’t mistake the report’s brevity for a lack of sustainability accomplishments! While much of this past year has been focused on Sustainable DC 2.0, the five-year update of the Sustainable DC plan, the District has accomplished a lot in terms of sustainability. We’ve made significant progress towards meeting the plan’s 2032 goals in areas ranging from climate to energy to waste. Below are a few more details on some of this past year’s biggest sustainability accomplishments!

100% Cities: Empower DC, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Solar United Neighborhoods, and DOEE received grant funding from the Kresge Foundation and Race Forward to build a foundation of equity and community engagement for future planning on climate and renewable energy.

C40 award: Recognizing the District’s commitment to tackling climate change, the District was selected for a 2017 C40 Cities4Tomorrow award for its Climate Ready DC plan, which establishes a long-term commitment to climate resiliency that will impact the city’s transportation, buildings, neighborhood design, and policy structure.

Climathon: The DC Climathon was held for the third year at the George Washington University in October 2017. This year, the DC Climathon focused on climate resiliency and included four teams presenting innovative solutions on community resilience, new communication platforms, and emergency energy sources.

Clean Energy DC: Clean Energy DC is the District’s plan to achieve the Sustainable DC target of reducing GHG emissions by 50% by 2032. Over the course of 2017, DOEE engaged with hundreds of DC residents about the plan at over two dozen events in all eight wards of the city. The plan has been improved and expanded in response to public feedback, and the final report will be released in late Spring 2018.

District Sustainability Awards: The 2018 District Sustainability Awards, held on April 18, 2018, recognize local private and nonprofit sector organizations that support the Sustainable DC Plan goals in areas of energy and water conservation, green building, healthy food access, solar energy production, stormwater management, and sustainable waste management. You can read about past winners here.

Food Waste Drop-off: Beginning on Earth Day 2017, District residents are now able to drop off food waste at designated farmers’ markets in all eight District wards free of charge. The food waste will be taken to a local composting site where it will be turned into compost.

Housing Resilience Assessment Tool: To begin implementing the Climate Ready DC plan, DOEE awarded a grant in 2017 to fund the creation and implementation of a tool to assess the vulnerability of the District’s affordable housing stock to climate change and identify possible resilience upgrades, including the installation of solar technologies and energy storage.

Partners for Places (P4P): The District was awarded a P4P Equity Pilot Initiative grant to infuse equity into the implementation of its Climate Ready DC and Clean Energy DC. The District has used project funds to create a community Equity Advisory Group (EAG) that is guiding the development of climate resilience strategies with strong consideration of equity and social cohesion. The EAG is made up of 15 representatives from communities surrounding the Watts Branch tributary. Located in Ward 7, Watts Branch is one of the areas of the city most vulnerable to flooding.

Paintcare Turns 1: The District’s paint product stewardship program, Paintcare DC, took in over 35,000 gallons of paint in the program’s first year.

ReThread DC: In March 2018, DOEE launched #ReThreadDC the District’s textile recovery and reuse initiative, with a panel discussion at the Textile Museum.

StepAfrika!’s Step Fest: The DC Office of Planning, in partnership with DOEE, hosted StepAfrika!’s Step Fest on Kingman and Heritage Islands. This event showcased one of the District’s unique educational and recreational assets. The goal of the program was to engage audiences with one of the District’s little known natural spaces by creating an authentic artistic experience to be enjoyed by residents from the surrounding neighborhoods of River Terrace, Carver-Langston and Hill East as well as attracting residents from other areas of the city.

University Sector Pledge: DOEE continued to work closely with the District’s eight universities to help them advance sustainability initiatives on their campuses. This past year, DOEE helped fund two sustainability projects for the District’s eight universities: convening a resiliency planning workshop with national experts and supporting a zero waste study for campuses.

Zero Waste DC: The District launched ZeroWaste.dc.gov, a website that enables the District government to speak with one voice in developing and providing resources that help our residents, businesses, and visitors move toward zero waste.

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