The Sustainable Business Program (SBP) is dedicated to District businesses interested in becoming more sustainable. The SBP supports businesses in their path to operating more sustainably and addressing sustainability challenges through innovative solutions. This page provides a description of the SBP and its goals and actions.
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. To access resources and incentives, refer to Resources for Sustainable Businesses.
“Sustainability is about balancing the environmental, economic, and social needs of the District of Columbia today as well as the needs of the next generation, and the one after that.”
- Mayor Bowser
Sustainable Business Program
The Sustainable Business Program is DOEE’s defined strategy to collaborate and support District businesses in their path to sustainability and compliance. The Sustainable Business Program has the mission to support District businesses in their pat to operating more sustainably and addressing current sustainability challenges through innovative solutions.
The program has defined four strategic goals:
- Position DOEE’s Sustainable Business Program as a leader in supporting sustainability (social, environmental, and economic aspects) in the business sector in the District. (Institutional/Structure)
- Enhance collaboration mechanisms with internal (DOEE administrations) and external players (Sister agencies and other stakeholders) to support the implementation of DOEE plans and adoption of sustainability practices in the business sector. (Social/Collaboration/Stakeholders)
- Provide capacity building and technical assistance– in collaboration with other administrations – to support businesses in the adoption and strengthening of sustainability practices. (Environmental/Sustainability/Technical Assistance)
- Facilitate access to resources and incentives to support the implementation of sustainability practices and the implementation of DOEE plans and regulations. (Economic/Resources)
Each strategic goal has a set of objectives and actions seeking to consolidate a framework to support businesses and the work DOEE is doing around the District. For a complete description of the Sustainable Business Program Strategy (TBA)
Sustainability Technical Assistance
Goal 3 of the Sustainable Business Program focuses on providing capacity building and technical assistance. The objectives and actions established for goal 3 are related to compliance assistance, sustainability technical assistance to both businesses and DOEE administrations, and the sustainability awards.
DOEE staff and partners have been developing a wide range of trainings and webinars related to compliance and many other environmental and sustainability topics. You can access many of these webinars and trainings at DOEE’s Training and Education.
If you are interested in learning more about compliance and regulations in the District, please refer to Regulations and Compliance.
If you are interested in booking a technical assistance session, please email to MaryLynn Wilhere at [email protected] (scheduling too TBA).
Sustainable Business Registry
The Sustainable Business Registry captures the sustainability work businesses are implementing in the District. Businesses complete a profile and follow guidelines to improve their sustainable operations and performance.
If you would like to learn more or become a member of the registry, please refer to the Sustainable Business Registry.
The District Sustainability Awards highlight businesses, organizations, and individuals that are working towards a more sustainable District.
If you want to learn more about the awards, or about current and previous winners and their case studies please refer to District Sustainability Awards.
Resources for Sustainable Businesses
Goal 4 of the Sustainable Business Registry is seeking to facilitate access to resources and incentives to support the implementation of sustainability practices. To learn more about the current availability of resources and incentives refer to Resources for Sustainable Businesses.