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District of Columbia Has a New Environmental Agency

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The District of Columbia now has a Department of Environment (DDOE). Created as a result of a bill introduced by Councilmember Carol Schwartz, the new DDOE was recently formed through a merger of the DC Government's Environmental Health Administration, the DC Energy Office, policy functions of the Tree Management Administration and policy functions of the Office of Recycling.


The new DDOE is a one-stop-shop for programs and services that protect human health and the environment and address energy efficiency issues for all sectors of the city. "During these days and times of environmental consciousness and concern about rising prices of gasoline and home energy prices, this kind of agency couldn't have come along at a better time," said a local underground storage tank contractor who was applying for his installation license. "Having so many important services and programs together is great!"

Mayor Anthony Williams appointed Elizabeth Berry as Acting Director. Ms. Berry said, "I'm happy to have the opportunity to lead the city's charge towards cleaner air and water and, greening our neighborhoods and building space. We encourage visits to our new website, to see what we offer. It will be updated frequently and will list our latest news and special events."

The agency headquarters is located at 51 N Street on the 3rd floor. Check the DDOE website for contact information. The Energy Assistance and Home Weatherization services are located at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW. Please call the DDOE Hotline at (202) 673-6750 for more information.