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Green DC Agenda - Business, Jobs and Economic Development


A vibrant, sustainable District economy. Businesses will be environmental stewards and work with government to produce green jobs and environmentally-sensitive economic development. The District Government will provide tools to facilitate environmental compliance and promote adoption of green building, stormwater management, and water and energy efficiency. A cleaner, healthier, more beautiful District will attract residents, tourists, and business investment.

Key Agenda Commitments

  • Expand green collar job training and certification programs to prepare workers for jobs in emerging green industries including home energy auditing, lead hazard mitigation, weatherization services, and installation of stormwater management practices.
  • Restart sustainability audits for small businesses to identify energy and water efficiency measures and provide financial grants to implement recommendations.
  • Visit and screen the more than 300 potential brownfield sites within the District and engage business and community stakeholders to promote brownfield redevelopment.
  • Modify the District Government procurement process to award points for businesses that have green operations, supply lines, products, and/or services.
  • Develop and distribute a Green Restaurants Guide identifying best practices for greening restaurant operations.
  • Develop an online green public/private development projects database of publically-funded, green building projects that use green Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) vendors and/or Green Business Enterprises (GBE).

Current Successes

  • Building all new public projects to comply with LEED Silver green building standards or the Green Communities standard for affordable housing.
  • Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize businesses and organizations for outstanding environmental achievements and provide case studies for green business operations.
  • Mayor's Green Summer Job Corps places 800 District youth in field-based green job training programs focused on maintenance and restoration of parks, watersheds, and tree canopy, and energy conservation practices and outreach.
  • Providing green business operations training for restaurants, contractors, and other business sectors. 
  • Providing grants available for new and retrofit green roof installations on federal, residential, commercial, and District-controlled properties to improve stormwater management.
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