WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Wednesday, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the Sustainable DC Plan to make the city the "healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the nation."
He announced the plan at an event at the Earth Conservation Corps Pump House at Diamond Teague Park.
Mayor Gray said in a statement released Wednesday:
"To me, creating a more sustainable District means improving the quality of life for every resident. We will grow the economy, improve our residents' health and enhance transportation, buildings, parks, and neighborhoods. This plan provides the strategy for success, and I am committing the full resources of the District government to ensuring that we achieve the goals it sets out. I'm also asking for your help, because it will be up to all of us - residents, workers, students, business owners, and visitors - to move the plan from vision to reality."
The plan comes from almost two years of the Sustainable DC initiative's work and tries to address four key challenges, according to the mayor's office: creating jobs and growing the District's economy; improving the health and wellness of residents; ensuring equity and diversity across the city; and improving the climate and the environment.
According to a press release, the plan includes 32 goals and 31 targets, as well as 143 specific actions.
In the spring of 2012, Mayor Gray released his vision for the D.C. to be the most sustainable city in the nation by 2032. Feedback from public and working groups, helped identify ambitious goals and targets for nine areas related to sustainability to be used as the foundation for the plan.
The office says actions in the Sustainable DC Plan include:
- Coordinating targeted workforce-development strategies and education programs to create jobs and foster business growth in the green economy;
- Building 1,000 more renewable-energy systems and enabling residents and businesses across the city to more easily invest in shared renewable facilities;
- Modernizing all of the District's public school buildings to at least the LEED Gold standard under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system and expanding sustainability-education efforts citywide.
- Controlling pollution caused by stormwater runoff with 2,000,000 more square feet of green roofs and a healthy tree canopy over 40 percent of the city;
- Completing 37 miles of streetcar network and 100 miles of citywide bike lanes;
- Establishing facilities to accept residential and commercial compost; and
- Providing tens of millions of dollars in innovative financing to promote private-sector energy- and water-efficiency retrofits
See a copy of the Sustainable DC Plan here: http://www.sustainable.dc.gov/finalplan