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2015 Sustainability Awards

About the 2015 Sustainability Awards

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What is lead?

Lead is a heavy, low melting, bluish-gray metal that occurs naturally in the Earth's crust. However, it is rarely found naturally as a metal. It is usually found combined with two or more other elements to form lead compounds.

The Anacostia River and Potomac River Monitoring Program provides information regarding the current water conditions of the Anacostia River and Potomac River in the locations displayed on the map below.

The Anacostia River Watershed covers portions of the District of Columbia, Prince George's and Montgomery County in Maryland. The Watershed is approximately 176 square miles (456 sq. km.) in area and roughly 25% of its land area lies in the District.

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The  Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) is an  aquarium and aquatic education center located minutes from Capitol Hill in Anacostia Park. The AREC houses over 30 species of aquatic life from the District.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Fact Sheet contains the following information on arsenic.

Asbestos Fibers Under a Microscope

Asbestos is a material that can be found in buildings and can be harmful to human health. The District’s Asbestos Abatement Program ensures that asbestos removal contractors protect their own health and safety, and the health and safety of building occupants and the general public.

The backyard wildlife habitat education program educate residents about how to create habitat for wildlife in their space - be it a large yard, row home or balcony.

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All land disturbing activity unless specifically exempted from the soil erosion and sedimentation control regulations, require a DCRA building permit.

DC Clean Marina Partnership

The District of Columbia Clean Marina Program, established in 2002, is a partnership among the National Park Service National Capital Region (NPS), which manages the many shorelines in the area; the District Department of the Environment, which manages water quality; and yacht clubs

DC Environmental Literacy Plan


The purpose of the DC PACE Program is to provide an attractive financing solution that will help District property owners implement energy efficiency improvements.

Projects financed by DC PACE will:

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The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money.

The Utility Discount Programs help low-income District residents reduce their utility costs. To qualify, your utility bills must be in your own name, and you must meet income guidelines (below) established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.