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Climate Change

Climate Change in the District

The District of Columbia is committed to addressing climate change by minimizing carbon pollution and increasing the District’s resilience to our changing climate. Sustainable DC establishes goals and targets for responding to climate change, including commitments to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2006 levels by 2032 and 80% by 2050
  • Advance climate adaptation and preparedness to make the District resilient to future climate change

Climate change initiatives to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for climate impacts are underway across District agencies. DOEE is the primary driver behind climate action planning and tracking progress towards our goals. Key initiatives include:

Draft Climate Ready DC: This plan identifies the impacts that a changing climate will have on the District, the risks those impacts will have on our infrastructure, public facilities and neighborhoods, and the actions we must take to prepare. Please take 5 minutes to complete our Climate Ready DC Survey to help us better understand how climate change events impact the lives’ of DC residents and visitors.

We will be accepting public comments until Friday, September 2, 2016. For more information or to comment on Climate Ready DC, contact alexis.goggans@dc.gov.

The plan can be accessed at the link below, and also at the following library locations during normal business hours.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE, Washington, DC 20020
  • Dorothy Heights Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE, Washington, DC 20019
  • Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE, Washington, DC  20003
  • Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
  • Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20011

Climate Adaptation and Preparedness Planning: assessing the likely impacts of climate change and identifying solutions to make the District more resilient.  

Climate Action Planning: charting the path to reduce emissions 80% by 2050

Greenhouse Gas Inventories: measuring progress towards minimizing the District’s climate impact