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Resources for Sustainable Businesses

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This page is dedicated to resources and incentives for businesses in the District interested in becoming more sustainable. The page also provides information on environmental requirements and compliance,financial incentives, and other sustainability opportunities.

For information on how to celebrate your business’s commitment to sustainability, apply for a Sustainability Award and/or become a member of DOEE’s Sustainable Business Registry.

Resources for Sustainable Businesses

Regardless of the business's size or industry, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is dedicated to assisting you on your path to sustainability. Our mission is to guide you in complying with environmental regulations and provide you with resources and incentives to help you in making well-informed choices that foster sustainable operations. Scroll down this page for environmental compliance resources for businesses.

Regulations and Compliance

The first step towards sustainability starts with environmental compliance. The following are a set of regulations and requirements that could be useful for your business or organization.

Search regulations and compliance by environmental category.

Regulations and compliance resources for waste and sustainable materials management:

Sustainability Programs and Resources

The District has other sustainability opportunities and programs being implemented that could be useful for your sustainability operations.

Learn more about them in the following categories:

Past Workshop and Training Presentations

Sustainability Case Studies

Are you interested in making your business more sustainable? The District’s Sustainability Award Winners lead by example. More than 100 case studies are available to provide you with tips, best practices, and real-life examples. Read the case studies or summaries.

Financial Incentives

By improving your sustainable operations, your businesses or organization is helping the District become the nation’s greenest, healthiest, and most sustainable city.

To continue supporting your business or organization, the District provides financial support in the form of incentives, grants, and other funding opportunities:

Business Resources By Industry
Learn more about other important sustainability resources and requirements by industry:

Hotels Restaurants

Hotel Association of Washington, DC, Home - HAWDC

Green Hotels - Resources, Ecolabels and Standards | US EPA

Energy Savings Tips for Small Businesses: Lodging | ENERGY STAR

H2Otel Challenge | US EPA

Restaurant Publications and Flyers

Green DC Restaurants Actional Manual, Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD): DSLBD Publications
Reducing Food Service Waste: Reducing Food Service Waste
Restaurant Grants (DMPED)

Mayor’s Office - Resources for Businesses

Restaurant Trade Associations

Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington: Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington | (
National Restaurant Association (NRA): National Restaurant Association | National Restaurant Association

Destination DC Sustainability Travel Collaborative: (TBD)


DC Health | doh (

Practice Greenhealth
Homepage | Practice Greenhealth

District of Columbia’s Hospital Association (DCHA) |

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
CHP for Hospitals: Superior Energy for Superior Patient Care | US EPA

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Compendium of Federal Resources for Health Sector Emissions Reduction and Resilience
Compendium of Federal Resources for Health Sector EmissionsClimate Change Technical Assistance for Territories Reduction and Resilience |

Landscapers Commercial Properties

Leaf Blower Laws, & Rebates Programs: Leaf Blower Laws, & Rebates Programs

Environmental Issues - Office Buildings and Commercial Properties

Energy Benchmarking Reporting Requirements: Energy Benchmarking

Vendors for Native Pollinator Plants: Vendors for Native Pollinator Plants

Green Building: Green Building in the District

Autobody/Auto Repair Shops  

DOEE GreenWrench: GreenWrench Technical Assistance

Washington Auto Body Association
Home - Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (

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