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You should check the floodplain maps to ensure that you are maintaining proper insurance coverage for your property.

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Building Permits protect the residents, their families, communities, and buildings by ensuring all proposed work complies with current codes, standards, ordinances and construction techniques.

The Food Service Packaging Requirements began on January 1, 2017.
The District’s Foam Ban took effect on January 1, 2016.
If you see a business using non-compliant products,

New requirements for single-use plastic straws and stirrers began on January 1, 2019. Fines for single-use plastic straws and stirrers begins July 1, 2019.

DOEE and partners will be hosting free blood lead screenings throughout the summer.


New Volunteers: Attend a Training Session

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 Conserving fuel will lessen the impact of higher oil prices and our country's reliance on foreign oil imports, help the nation's economy, and improve the environment.

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Obtain a license from any one of the many fishing license vendors in the District.

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DOEE is responsible for ensuring compliance of both District and federal laws, inspecting DC workplaces, worksites, and retail establishments that sell, store, or use pesticides.

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DOEE’s RiverSmart programs help to reduce stormwater runoff that harms the District’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

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The Green Area Ratio sets standards for landscape and site design to help reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality, and keep the city cooler.

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These tips highlight steps that tread more lightly on our Earth through more energy-efficient technologies, the use of less or non-toxic materials, and other environmentally beneficial methods.

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The District is a national leader in green building which supports the Sustainable DC Plan.

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Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP), one of the largest green jobs training programs for youth in the nation.

GreenWrench Technical Assistance

The GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program provides free pollution prevention guidance and training to District mechanics and auto body shops. This voluntary, grant-funded program is offered free of charge.

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The Habitat Restoration Program plans, funds, and oversees activities that will protect and restore river, stream and wetland habitats in the District of Columbia.

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It's not just a field trip! DOEE's watershed education programs bring together field studies and classroom activities in multiple disciplines. Students learn about the Anacostia, Potomac and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

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The Hazardous Waste Program protects human health and the environment from the hazards of mismanaged waste, helps reduce the amount of waste generated and ensures that generated wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner.