Department of Energy & Environment

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Who in our community is building a greener, more sustainable future? Nominate a business, school, organization or individual!

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DOEE protects DC residents, visitors, and the natural environment by reducing the concentration of pollutants in the outdoor air.

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Review the regulations and laws related to air quality, pollution control, asbestos abatement and vehicle emmissions.

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Though lead has proven to be a very useful substance, exposure to lead causes serious adverse health effects.

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DOEE provides current water conditions of the Anacostia River and Potomac River, including temperature, Dissolved Oxygen (DO),  pH, depth, chlorophyll, and turbidity.

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The Anacostia River Watershed is approximately 176 square miles (456 sq. km.) in area and roughly 25% of its land area lies in the District.  The river is the focus of large-scale restoration efforts.

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The District of Columbia and State of Maryland have agreed to use the Anacostia river as a model of how to reduce trash and move toward a trash free Potomac Watershed.

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AREC is an aquarium and aquatic education center located minutes from Capitol Hill in Anacostia Park.

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

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To get a permit, submit an Asbestos Notification Form with the appropriate fee payment.

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Asbestos Fibers Under a Microscope

 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.

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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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It is illegal to sell, use, or permit the use of coal tar pavement products in the District of Columbia.

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

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This DC Clean Marina Partnership promotes environmental stewardship, waste minimization and pollution prevention at marinas, clubs and boatyards. 

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A road map that will lay the foundation for District-wide implementation and integration of environmental education into the K-12 curriculum. 

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DC PACE provides an attractive financing solution that will help District property owners implement energy efficiency improvements.

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

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The Utility Discount Programs helps eligible, low-income District residents reduce their utility costs

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By attending to our own waterways, we can best  control what the District discharges into the Bay, ultimately leading to a cleaner Bay.