April 20, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 16 Letter from the Mayor

Apr 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Community, News & Features, Politics & Law

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Dear Washingtonians,

This week, with Earth Day just a few days away, we released DC’s 2017 Sustainable DC Progress Report. Sustainable DC is the District’s plan to become the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States in just one generation. Of the plan’s 143 actions, 25 percent are already complete and 72 percent are underway.

Of course, now, more than ever, it is critical that cities continue to lead the way in fighting climate change and protecting the environment. Luckily, cities are in a great position to do this work – we are able to innovate quickly and put in place policies that take advantage of cutting edge technology. When we find something that works, we can share it with other cities, and collectively, the work of cities around the world can have a tremendous impact on our planet.

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I am proud that in Washington, DC we are well on our way to making DC the sustainability capital of the world. Through our Green Bank initiative, we’re increasing our investment in clean energy and green infrastructure. We are one of the first cities to attain compliance with the international Compact of Mayors to address climate change. We adopted the Climate Ready DC plan, which outlines 77 actions our city will take – and is taking – to build a stronger, more resilient city. Since the execution of the wind power purchase agreement in 2015, 136,530 MWh of clean electricity has been generated, saving the city nearly one million dollars and avoiding 95,950 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. And we continue to invest in, renovate and modernize DC buildings with the city’s sustainability mission in mind. This afternoon, I will help celebrate the completion of renovations at the Channel Square Apartments – renovations that not only included the preservation of 147 affordable housing units, but also the largest private solar project in the city.

Together, we can continue to make DC a greener, more sustainable city. Go to www.sustainabledc.org to join the effort.

Sincerely,

Muriel Bowser

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