Mayor Gray Releases 'Sustainable DC Plan'

2/22/2013, 10:31 a.m.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has announced the release of an initiative that ensures that the District is the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the nation.

"The Sustainable DC Plan," which encompasses several targets and goals, was introduced this week during an event at the Earth Conservation Corps Pump House at Diamond Teague Park on the Anacostia River. In support of the effort, Gray was joined by more than 100 people, including members of his Green Cabinet and Green Ribbon Committee.

"The release of the Sustainable DC Plan marks both the culmination of a major effort and the first step in a very important journey for the District," said Mayor Gray. "To me, creating a more sustainable District means improving the quality of life for every resident. We will grow the economy, improve our residents' health and enhance transportation, buildings, parks, and neighborhoods."

The Plan builds on the past 20 months of the Sustainable DC initiative's work and takes a comprehensive approach to addressing four key challenges: creating jobs and growing the District's economy; improving the health and wellness of residents; ensuring equity and diversity across the city; and improving the climate and the environment.

The Sustainable DC Initiative began in the summer of 2011 with the goal of developing and implementing a strategy to:

*Broaden and diversify the District?s economy and the range of available employment and business opportunities for residents;

*Reduce disparities related to income, health, employment and education across the city; and

*Ensure a high quality of life and a clean environment for our residents, workers, and visitors.

The Plan also calls for completing 37 miles of streetcar network and 100 miles of citywide bike lanes; establishing facilities to accept residential and commercial compost; and providing tens of millions of dollars in innovative financing to promote private-sector energy- and water-efficiency retrofits.

"The Sustainable DC plan is the playbook that the District's city government, private sector, and residents working together to move from Mayor Gray's Vision for a Sustainable DC to a reality," said Harriet Tregoning, director of the D.C. Office of Planning and co-leader of the Mayor'ss Sustainable DC Initiative. "It will ensure that sustainability remains an important factor in our decision-making as a city and will change the way we do business here."

Keith Anderson, acting director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) and Sustainable DC co-leader, talked about the Plan's potential for improving the health of residents and creating jobs. "[The Plan] is nothing short of remarkable," Anderson said. "Sustainability is about achieving multiple benefits with every dollar spent and every action undertaken."

A copy of the Sustainable DC Plan is available at www.sustainable.dc.gov/finalplan. For information on Mayor Gray's Sustainable DC initiative, visit www.sustainable.dc.gov.