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Environmental Data & Maps
The District offers a vast amount of environmental data for interested researchers and residents to access.
- Climate Change - Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: To lead by example, and to capitalize on the many benefits of energy efficiency and climate protection, the District government is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: A city wide Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions found that buildings are responsible for 74% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the District.
Energy Benchmarking Results: Energy benchmarking means tracking a building’s energy and water use and using a standard metric to compare the building’s performance against past performance and to its peers nationwide.
- Environmental Maps: DDOE offers several environmentally related maps as helpful resources.
- Total Maximum Daily Loads - TMDLs: EPA requires DC calculate the maximum amount of a pollutant that its water bodies can receive and still meet water quality standards.
Real Time Environmental Data
This EPA widget allows you to search for a wide variety of environmental information based on your location.