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Green Light Grant Program


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Funded by the Green Building Fund, the Department of Energy and Environment in collaboration with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, created the Green Light Grant Program to support innovative projects to “green” the built environment in the District of Columbia. Grant projects focus on research, data analysis, training, or engagement help the District lead the way in enacting innovative policies that drive toward greater social, environmental and economic sustainability for our city. Since the program launched in 2013, over $1.65 million has been invested in twelve projects. New grant opportunities are available on a rolling basis as determined by the Green Building Advisory Council.

Current Grant Projects

  • Smarter DC Challenge
    The Smarter DC Challenge is a no-cost green business engagement program that will create a culture of sustainability in the District by transforming one thousand businesses, organizations, and institutions into sustainability stewards and champions by 2020.
  • Microgrid and District Energy Feasibility Study
    This grant project will develop a tool to identify the best potential sites for initial microgrid deployment in the city and analyzed opportunities and made recommendations for locations, including existing and new developments.  legal and regulatory barriers, technical issues on integration with the public utility grid, potential ownership structures, and sources and uses of funds
  • Power Down DC: A Multifamily Energy and Water Challenge
    Power Down DC is a project to develop and manage an energy and water reduction competition for multifamily rental housing. The project will be executed in two parts – first, a building to building education series will educate residents and property managers on the value of utility reduction. Second, a resident competition will work with residents and staff of multifamily buildings to change short- and long-term behavior and reduce the use of energy and water.
  • Green Finance Analysis
    This grant funds a project to research and analyze innovative funding mechanisms that will increase public and private investment to offset first costs for deep green building design and construction approaching net-zero energy use.

Completed Grant Projects

  • Greening the Multiple Listing Service
  • Green Appraisals
  • Smart Buildings Plan
  • Zero Energy/Water and Living Building Challenge Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Assessing the Health Impacts of Urban Heat Island Reduction Strategies
  • Energy Performance Data Quality Assurance
  • Green Building Displays
  • Green Building Program Manual