Sustainable DC has engaged people across the city to raise awareness, gather input, and tap into the wisdom and knowledge of community members, institutions, and organizations. In November 2011, nine different working groups that identified innovative ways to make the District more sustainable were kicked off. Over the winter of 2011-2012, over 700 dedicated District residents in the nine working groups met every other week to identify and prioritize potential goals and actions within the specific sustainability topics, including: the built environment, climate, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, water, and the green economy. The products of those working groups now form the basis of the goals and actions that are in the plan, including the 4 crosscutting challenges and the 7 sustainability solutions. The commitment from these working groups has been a great example of the commitment and support that city residents have for the Sustainable DC Plan.
The District of Columbia is committed to an open and inclusive planning process for Sustainable DC. Direct input and participation of community, industry and thought leaders as well as other stakeholders was a critical component for the creation of a successful Sustainable DC Plan. To better manage the planning and public input process, the Sustainable DC project team created working groups for nine topic areas: the built environment, climate, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, water, and the green economy.
Full List of Recommendations for All Working Groups
- Built Environment
- Green EconomyProposed Actions for a Sustainable DC Implementation Plan
Community Conversations on Health, Education, Jobs, and Equity
Throughout the working group process, four topics emerged as critical areas of sustainability that relate to each of the nine working groups: Health, Education, Jobs & Job Preparation, and Social Equity.
In May and June of 2012, the Sustainable DC project team held a series of “Community Conversations” to explore how each topic relates to sustainability. There were three main purposes of the conversations:
- to determine how A Vision for a Sustainable DC has addressed these topics;
- to ensure the potential benefits of these topics are included in the implementation plan; and
- to engage new people in the planning process.
Below you can download the summaries as well as the full set of notes from each discussion group from each of the four conversations.