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.

Seven working groups have been hard at work, meeting regularly to draft updates for the plan using community input. Working groups are wrapping up, but you can still attend a few meetings coming up. Fill out this form to sign up and get involved.

You can also learn more about future meeting dates, locations and updates at our 2.0 Working Groups page. Here you can also find information about our upcoming community meeting in February, along with meeting notes for all previous working group and community meetings.



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, we are turning 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 livable city in the US.

To do so, Sustainable DC went into DC’s neighborhoods. We hosted focus groups, open houses, community conversations, and attended city events to understand what you think Sustainable DC 2.0 should look like. Sign up HERE to get updates on SDC 2.0.

Working Group Kickoff 

On October 18th we kicked off the Sustainable DC 2.0 working groups. Instead of taking the traditional approach of holding one centralized meeting, we responded to what we heard from residents and brought the meeting to neighborhoods around the city. Participants could choose from  five meeting locations throughout the city: Lamond-Riggs Library, NE; Francis Gregory Library, SE; Dorothy I. Heights/Benning Library, NE; DC Office of Planning, SW; and Franklin D. Reeves Center, NW. At the conclusion of the neighborhood meetings participants began signing up for working groups. You can read a full description of the working groups and sign up HERE.

For those that weren’t able to join us at one of the five sites, we streamed the presentation and a panel discussion with local sustainability experts via Facebook Live. Viewers were able to engage virtually by submitting questions and comments via Facebook and Twitter.

          Missed the live broadcast?

We’ve posted the full presentation and panel discussion to the SDC Facebook page, HERE.


Preliminary Timeline: 

Phase 1: Intensive Community Engagement

Goal: Understand community priorities

  • Spring/Summer 2017



4/19: Launch SDC 2.0 with panel discussion

4/19: Release short community survey


5/31: Open House 1 (Ward 1)


6/4: Open House 2 (Ward 7)


7/4: First interagency meeting



Release technical survey

Conduct opinion polling research (phone surveys and focus groups)

Community Engagement (pop-up events, community meetings)

Technical consultant analyses current plan


Phase 2: Formal planning

Goal: Develop community-driven draft plan

  • Fall 2017


9/27: Second interagency meeting/call

9/30: Community Survey Closes



10/18: Citywide working group kick-off meeting

Mid October: Third interagency meeting/call

Working groups meet


Working groups meetings start

Early November: Fourth interagency meeting/call


Working group meetings

Citywide community meeting

  • Winter/Spring 2018



Working group meetings finish

Citywide community meeting

Technical consultant analyzes rough draft plan


Interagency meeting on the draft framework


Release draft framework


Citywide meeting on draft framework


Phase 3: Plan Release

Goal: Finalize plan with input from community

  • Spring/Summer 2018


Receive feedback on the draft framework

 August Release draft plan for feedback

Sept. – Nov.

Plan design and approvals


Release final plan!


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