S u S t a i n a b l e d c
From mayor Vincent c. Gray
This is a uniue time or ourcity. Ater decades o populationdecline, we have seen a soliddecade o population growthas people discover all that theDistrict o Columbia has to oer. In the 15 months aterthe 2010 Census, more than 16,000 new residentsmoved to the District, and all signs point to escalatinggrowth or years to come. As our population expands,we have an important decision to mae. We can taedecisive action now to ensure that our citiens—particularly the most vulnerable among us—beneftrom increasing innovation and amenities, a broadertax base, a growing and diversifed economy, anda wide range o new and accessible jobs. Or wecan ignore this opportunity, and allow historicgaps in education, income, housing and access totransportation to urther divide our city.The choice is clear. I believe we must plan or a citythat is sustainable—not just environmentally, buteconomically and socially as well. We must continueour investments to revitalie neighborhoods, expandtransportation choices, better our health, restorerivers and pars, and improve our schools. By settingambitious goals or our built environment, climate,energy, ood, nature, transportation, waste, water,and the green economy, we strengthen the District’scommitment to the core values o uality o lie,economic growth, and eual access to opportunity.With our vision or a sustainable city, and strategicaction to achieve our goals, we will be ready to attractemployers, investment, and job growth in existingfelds and emerging sectors o a green and competitiveeconomy. We also will ensure that the District is ahealthier, more livable place or our amilies to growand thrive or generations to come.With this in mind, I share my vision or a moresustainable uture—one that I hope you willembrace, and that we can all wor together toachieve:
In just one generation—20 years—theDistrict o Columbia will be the healthiest,greenest, and most livable city in the UnitedStates. An international destination or peopleand investment, the District will be a model oinnovative policies and practices that improvequality o lie and economic opportunity. Wewill demonstrate how enhancing our naturaland built environments, investing in a diverseclean economy, and reducing disparities amongresidents can create an educated, equitable andprosperous society.
It is critical that we start with a vision, but ourwor is ar rom over. Together, we must developan implementation plan that ensures we reach ourgoals. I as or your support and input as we wor with community volunteers, District agencies, andstaeholders citywide to crat detailed goals, actions,timelines, and measures o progress. Help us reachout to amily, riends, neighbors, and colleagues orinput and ideas. We need to now what you thin othis vision and how we all can help turn it into reality. Vincent C. GrayMayor, District o Columbia