To help move sustainability further, faster, the Mayor and DC Council committed $4.5 million dollars of capital budget to fund innovative sustainability projects across the city in beginning in 2013.Through a competitive process, agencies proposed projects to test new sustainability projects and plan for longer term needs. Some projects were proposed as public-private partnerships, enlisting local stakeholders to incorporate their expertise and learn from best practices. These projects represent a significant early investment to advance the Sustainable DC plan and demonstrate how the District government is leading by example on the path to becoming the greenest, healthiest, most livable city in the nation.
$272,000 have been allocated towards implementation of the Environmental Literacy Plan. The District will build the capacity for the systemic implementation of the DC Environmental Literacy Plan in District schools by funding sustainability educators.
Green Purchasing Program
$237,500 have been awarded to the Green Purchasing Program. The District will stand up a Green Purchasing Program that serves as a focal point for sustainable purchasing efforts amongst District Agencies, the local vendor community, and like-minded institutional purchasers based in the District.
Living Building Challenge
$179,550 have been awarded to the Living Building Challenge. Using the Living Building Challenge model, the District will explore the practicality of constructing zero energy, zero waste buildings in the District by testing these methods on a District building needing modernization.
Tree Canopy on Public Ground
$467,170 will be used to plant trees on public grounds throughout the district. The District will work towards the Mayor’s vision of a 40% canopy by 2032 by developing and implementing tree canopy plans for DPR and DCPS lands.
Urban Food Network Expansion
$800,00 have been allocated towards minimizing food deserts through an Urban Food Network. The network will provide local food within a half mile of all District residents. Working closely with many partners, this pilot project will implement eight demonstration gardens at recreation centers in each ward.
Parking Spots to Park Stops
$226,000 have been allocated towards building temporary movable parks. Within the constraints of a 9’ X 19’ public parking space boundary, the District proposes to swiftly and efficiently design and construct 10 DC movable mini-parks in this pilot program.
Waste-to-energy Conversion Feasability Study
$300,000 in funding have been allocated towards a Waste-to-energy Conversion Feasability Study. The District seeks to conduct a feasibility study and develop an implementation strategy, if practicable, for establishing a waste‐to‐energy conversion facility within the District.
Power Plant at Langston Dwellings
$245,000 have been allocated towards buildng a sustainable power plant at Langston Dwellings. The Housing Authority will undertake a bold and innovative effort to redevelop an idle power plant at the Langston Dwellings, which was once fueled by coal, and transform it into a model for renewable energy generation.
Anti-Idling Devices on Police Cruisers
$132,500 will go towards the purchase, install, and evaluation of on-board batteries and idling controls in cars that are stationary for long periods of time in high asthma areas. This technology permits stationary cruisers to use required electronics without running their engines, saving fuel and reducing vehicle emissions.
Smart & Cool Roof Initiatives
$600,000 have been allocated towards cool, green or solar roof Initiatives. The initiative will conduct structural assessments of existing District owned buildings, city-wide, to see if they can be retrofitted with cool, green, or solar roofs. It provides a very cost-effective opportunity to reduce District energy use while simultaneously improving District health, comfort, and air quality.
Compost Site Pilot Project
$600,000 have been allocated towards compost sites within the city. The District will design and build three to four compost sites co-located with urban farms or community gardens to test different methods of composting for residential drop-off. Sites will be managed by an external contractor and include community education and tracking outcomes.
Climate Adaptation Planning
$290,000 have been allocated towards climate adaptation planning. The District will conduct a three-phase climate change impact analysis that will form the basis of a District-wide climate resiliency and adaption plan.