Environmental Sustainability

DC has until 2050 to reach carbon neutrality. GGWash will cover how we get there.

DC created a plan with an aggressive timeclock to deal with climate change. The District plans to use 100% renewable energy sources and cut 50% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2032. It also plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Ward 8 residents fight invasive species, litter, and discrimination to keep their woods alive

It’s 10:29 am on a Friday in October. Nathan Harrington, founder of Ward 8 Woods, a local DC nonprofit that aims to clean up the forests in Anacostia, has just finished staking a sign onto the side of the road that says, “Your Litter Hits Close To Home.”

Illegal dumping is a big problem in our region. Here’s how local jurisdictions are tackling it.

Tires, construction debris, furniture-these are among the many things people illegally dump in alleys, roadsides, and other secluded areas all over the Washington region. Local governmental agencies are working together to stop the dumping, and ultimately to curb the environmental damage it causes.

By 2025, we could fish and swim in the once notoriously-polluted Anacostia River

Hundreds of years ago, people could fish and swim in the Anacostia River without worry, but over time it became so polluted that the prospect of swimming or eating anything from it became absurd. The work of local governments and nonprofits, however, has catapulted this idea out from the absurd straight back into the realms of possibility.

DC is trying to get food waste out of the landfill and back into the soil

DC is trying to reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills and help residents compost it instead so it can enrich the soil instead of being trapped in a landfill.

Many of DC’s playground surfaces contain lead. How dangerous is this, and what should be done?

There is lead – according to four DC agencies, reaching “actionable levels” – on the surfaces of at least 17 DC playgrounds. This, understandably, has alarmed many parents and residents already concerned about reports about lead on play surfaces that come from rubber.