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Green DC Agenda - Neighborhoods and Community

Vision

Green, healthy neighborhoods. Every District resident will have access to green, walkable public space that is free of environmental hazards, litter, and graffiti. Residents will also have easy access to community gardens and other sources of nutritious, sustainably-grown food. The design and upkeep of streetscapes, alleys, and parks will help prevent pollution of streams and rivers, improve our air quality, and support a thriving canopy of trees. Support for healthy, livable communities will in turn grow property values and opportunities for employment and economic development.

Key Agenda Commitments

  • Develop printed and web-based maps to identify green facilities, practices and businesses across the city.  Residents, business owners and tourists will be able to identify environmentally-friendly sites by neighborhood or type.
  • Rehabilitate new Great Streets corridors to support economic development and improve walkability, tree canopy, and transit services. Corridors include Nannie Helen Burroughs NE, Georgia Avenue NW, H Street and Benning Road NE/SE, Pennsylvania Avenue SE, and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
  • Maximize the use of public space to green neighborhoods and improve stormwater control with enhanced tree canopy and innovative environmental design.
  • Improve tree planting methods with larger tree boxes and improved maintenance, and plant a minimum of 4,150 trees annually with a goal of 13,500 additional trees.
  • Complete a targeted neighborhood sustainability pilot program to demonstrate green practices by government, business, and residents in the Van Ness area of Ward 3 and inform city-wide green policy decisions and sustainability strategies.

Current Successes

  • Sidewalk and public-space recycling receptacles are in place in a pilot program with the Downtown DC and Capitol Hill Business Improvement Districts to collect clean paper, aluminum cans, and plastic and glass bottles.
  • Free, year round disposal of household hazardous waste and electronics available at Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station.
  • 23 community gardens operate in the city—most on public property—to provide residents with the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce.
  • The Not In Our DC neighborhood-based litter and graffiti prevention program focuses on youth and the roles they can play in keeping the District clean, providing educational videos and activity guides in English and Spanish.
  • New requirements for appearance and operations were put in place to prevent used care lots from becoming community liabilities. Hundreds of vehicles were towed from lots across the District and dozens of facilities were closed.
  • The Aquatic Resources Education Center provides tours and fish and wildlife presentations to more than 1,500 visitors and provides summer programs for over 300 District youth.
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