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SDC Final Plan

SDC Final Plan

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Published by Benjamin Freed
SDC Final Plan
SDC Final Plan

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Published by: Benjamin Freed on Feb 20, 2013
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Washington, DC is a rapidly changing city. Construction cranesdot the skyline, new families are joining longtime residents invibrant neighborhoods, and emerging businesses are addingnew services and jobs. With this change comes the opportunityto grow our economy and provide more employment, close thegap between the wealthy and those struggling to pay their bills,and ensure that our children and grandchildren have the sameor better quality of life than we enjoy today. Making the mostof these opportunities requires vision and taking action. That iswhy, along with an economic development plan, an affordablehousing plan, and other complementary strategies, I havedeveloped this sustainability plan for the city.When I first launched Sustainable DC in July 2011, I announcedthat I wanted to make the District the healthiest, greenest,and most livable city in the nation. We are well on our wayto realizing that vision. The District has more than 300 LEEDcertified projects with another 700 in the pipeline and we have just announced plans to adopt a new green building code thatwill dramatically reduce the future environmental footprint of ourbuilt environment. Across the city, residents and businesses haveinstalled more than 750 solar energy systems and the Districtgovernment now purchases 100% green electric power. Withmore capital investment in parkland per capita than any othercity in the country, the District has nearly 7,500 acres of parksand open space. The city is connected by a robust 56 miles ofbike lanes and 55 additional miles of trails.We are on our way to becoming truly sustainable, but thereis much more to be done. This plan is the playbook that ourteam—city government, private sector, and residents workingtogether—will use to move from vision to reality. As weprogress, we must constantly assess our efforts to determinewhether or not they are working to improve the quality of life,increase economic prosperity, and ensure everyone is sharing inthe benefits.This Sustainable DC implementation plan lays out the challengeswe face in: creating jobs and economic growth, improving healthand wellness, increasing equity and opportunity, and preservingand protecting our environment in the face of a changing climate.This plan also provides solutions in the areas of builtenvironment, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, andwater. Based on broad public input, forward-thinking agencies,and best practices from around the globe, this plan offers morethan 100 specific actions to deliver results for our city.Not every proposal will work out just as envisioned; some detailswill be refined over time and some actions may fail, but withthis implementation plan we will move forward with clear goalsin sight. The end game will be a victory for our city and for thisgeneration of Washingtonians and the next.I am grateful to the thousands of residents and representativesof District agencies, businesses, and institutions who have givengenerously of their time, expertise, and passion to envisiona bright and sustainable future for our residents, our naturalenvironment, and the growth of our economy.I thank you for your interest in a Sustainable DC and ask you to join with me, our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors aswe build a better future for the District of Columbia. Vincent C. GrayMayor, District of Columbia

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So happy and proud that DC is putting out this plan. My only suggestion for making DC a greener and healthier place is putting a better emission standards on cars and trucks. So tired of the fumes I inhale walking around the city.
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