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.
Sustainability involves making conscious choices to incorporate environmentally beneficial elements when deciding how to use a parcel of land. While buildings and construction methods are central to sustainable development, the term more broadly includes consideration of surrounding land features and use of innovative design techniques to lessen the impact of development. Thus, elements of sustainable development may include providing green space; managing stormwater on site; use of construction materials that contain little to no toxins; use of energy efficiency measures; accessibility, density and transit.
Sustainable DC is the District of Columbia’s major planning effort to make DC the most sustainable city in the nation. Led by DDOE and the Office of Planning, it is a collaborative effort involving the input and participation of thousands of members of the District community. Read More>