District businesses selling food or alcohol are required to charge $.05 for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag. Find out about DC's Bag Law.
Environmental Outreach & Education
DDOE educates students, teachers, and residents about the connections between their personal actions and the health of their surroundings, especially local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. We aim to help individuals make informed decisions and take responsible action to prevent pollution and conserve our soil and water resources.
Aquatic Resources Education
Learn about fish and aquatic wildlife found in the District through free education programs, fishing clinics for District, and more.
Request a school assembly about energy and resource conservation and find out about DDOE’s Energy Patrol program for schools.
Hands On Environmental Learning
Bring stewardship of the District’s local waterways into the classroom by creating outdoor learning spaces and engaging in service projects.
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs)
Explore natural areas in and around the District and foster connections to the Chesapeake Bay.
For Teachers and Educators:
Environmental Education Workshops and Resources
Discover ways to better integrate environmental education curricula into your teaching practice. Visit DDOE’s offices to take advantage of our resource library, which is filled with maps, posters. reference books, and more.
Environmental Literacy Plan
Find out about the District’s initiative to integrate environmental education into the school curriculum.
Backyard Habitat Education for Residents
Help increase available habitat for wildlife in the District by creating backyard habitat gardens on your residential property.
Use this tool to design, plan, and install green projects on your property. You can lower your bills and protect the environment by saving energy and reducing stormwater runoff.
- Green Dashboard:
Provides data on the District's environmental sustainability performance, download data and charts, as well as learn more about various measures of sustainability.