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Smarter DC Challenge

The Smarter DC Challenge is a no-cost green business engagement program that will create a culture of sustainability in the District by transforming one thousand businesses, organizations, and institutions into sustainability stewards and champions by 2020.

As a SmartWay® Affiliate, the District encourages freight

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Soil erosion and sediment control minimizes erosion and prevents sediment pollution from entering the Potomac River, the Anacostia River, their tributaries and the District's sewer system. 

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Five Easy Steps to Going Solar in DC:

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DDOE works with the US Department of Defense to provide technical review and guidance for installation restoration projects at active military sites and formerly used defense sites in the District .

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DOEE works with the Stormwater Advisory Panel and the Technical Working Group to effectively reduce stormwater throughout the City.

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Provide comments on DOEE's Stormwater Retrofit Plan which establishes performance metrics for storm drain retrofit projects. 

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DOEE recognizes that a sustainable future will ensure equity and prosperity for every District resident.

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

UPDATE: The Affordable Solar program closed on September 30, 2016. Please continue to check back for updates on solar initiatives in the District of Columbia.

UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in the Small Business Solar Pilot program. The program is currently fully subscribed through the end of September 30, 2016. Please continue to check back for further updates.

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The EPA approved a joint Total Maximum Daily Load to limit trash in the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

The Urban Forestry Advisory Council was created in the Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2016.

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Review the procedures, protocols, training opporunities and guidance documents for underground storage tanks.

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Review the requirements, protocals and procedures for participation in the Voluntary Cleanup Program. 

Vegetation In the District

The District, a fully developed, urban city, still hosts many green spaces, with a variety of vegetation types.  There are large natural areas covered by undeveloped forests, avenues lined by majestic willow oaks, neighborhood parks with shade trees and community gardens, wetlands filled wit