A Sustainable D.C. for All

WI Staff | 6/7/2012, 5:37 p.m.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has declared his vision to create a "sustainable" D.C.

In 20 years, he expects D.C. to be the "healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States." It's an ambitious plan and it will take the participation of nearly every District resident to make it happen.

There are many people who have already adopted lifestyles at home and at work that will contribute to the Mayor's vision. There are others, however, who still don't get it ... and they may be the majority. We also know that a healthy, green and livable city benefits everyone, and that an unhealthy, polluted and unlivable city has a disproportionate impact on African Americans.

Next week, The Washington Informer will begin a campaign to educate our readers about sustainability and promote the stories of African Americans who are already on board the "sustainability" train. We share Gray's vision and will hold him to his commitment to begin "reaching out to an even broader range of communities with a goal of reaching every District resident" for input into the final plan due this fall.