Sustainable DC 2.0

Just like our city, Sustainable DC is evolving.

Next year, Sustainable DC is turning 5. To reflect changes in city policies, programs, and technologies since the initial release of the plan five years ago, the Department of Energy and Environment is launching a collaborative community engagement process to shape the District’s plan update.

This is Sustainable DC 2.0 – and we want YOU to be a part.


We kicked off this year-long community planning process with a launch party and panel discussion on the future of sustainability in the District on April 19. After hearing from some of the city’s professional sustainability experts, it’s time to turn the focus back to our true experts: District residents, workers, and community partners.

Our goal is to engage with the broadest range of the District community throughout this Sustainable DC plan update process – to hear your ideas, needs, wants, and goals to help build the healthiest, greenest, most liveable city in the US.

To do so, Sustainable DC is coming to you. We will be hosting focus groups, open houses, community conversations, and attending city events designed to understand what you think Sustainable DC 2.0 should look like. While we will be launching a more comprehensive survey to hear your thoughts, here’s what you can do today:

  • Take our short SURVEY to voice your priorities. 
  • Sign up HERE to get updates on SDC 2.0.
  • Attend an OPEN HOUSE to share your ideas, priorities and concerns:

Wednesday, May 31

5:30 – 8pm

Josephine Butler Parks Center


Sunday, June 4

10 am – 1 pm

Riverside Center*

*In addition to talking sustainability, you’ll get a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and small eats from Penny Brew Coffee too!

We spent the month of April focusing on individuals, asking for your #mySDC story. Now, we are broadening the scope, focusing on every voice from all corners of the District and making this #ourSDC.

Preliminary Timeline: 

Phase I: Learning community priorities (April – September 2017)


Launch SDC 2.0 with launch party + panel discussion event

Release hard-copy survey to gauge community priorities

Research District plans that have come out since Sustainable DC


Release indicators dashboard

Train Ambassadors

Release in-depth online survey

Hold two open houses – See details above!

May – October

Ambassadors attend events with surveys to learn about community priorities and interests

Staff attends existing community meetings (ANCs, neighborhood associations, etc.)

July – September

Opinion polling consultant leads focus groups and a city-wide survey

Staff leads community conversation office hours at libraries, recreation centers, and faith-based institutions


Phase 2: Formal planning (September 2017 – April 2018)

September – November

Large, kick-off meeting (share survey and focus group information, research, ideas for 2.0)

Working groups convene

Meetings with sister-agency POCs to gather their input

October – December

Technical consultant conducts analysis of plan


Staff analyzes data and drafts updated plan


Draft plan goes out for 30-day public comment period


Revise plan based on feedback


Release final plan (Earth Day 2018)



We might not be on the market, but come check out our #SustainableDC Open House next Wednesday 5/31!……

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