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A city of efficiency and service is also a city of beauty

A tree planted by the Dean and DCPS students in 2001 grows in DC
A tree planted by the Dean and DCPS students in 2001 grows in DC
Photo by Professor Metze

Mayor Vincent Gray and District government agency leaders today presented the first-year progress report on Sustainable DC, Gray’s initiative to ensure the District becomes the nation’s greenest, healthiest, most livable city.

The Sustainable DC First-Year Progress Report tracks progress on all 143 actions in the Sustainable DC Plan, and highlights major accomplishments across District government and the private sector. It is a result of the Mayor’s Sustainable DC initiative, first launched in 2011.

“In the year since we released the Sustainable DC Plan, we have seen tremendous progress and are leading the nation on a number of fronts. Across District agencies and our many community partners, there is a collective effort to create a more sustainable city today and for generations to come. The plan sets ambitious goals for the next 20 years. We’ve built a solid foundation, but there is much more work to do. It will require the input and active participation of everyone to ensure that this city becomes the greenest, healthiest, most livable city in the nation,” Gray said.

The First-Year Progress Report identifies progress across the four key challenges of the Sustainable DC Plan: growing jobs and the economy; improving health and wellness; ensuring equity and diversity; and protecting the climate and our local environment. Of the 143 actions outlined in the Sustainable DC Plan, 83 percent are now underway (up from 46 percent on Earth Day in 2013). Nine actions are now complete and 104 are included in the annual performance plans for District agencies.

Among the District agency successes highlighted were construction of 24 new playgrounds, the planting of 9,280 trees, the opening of 10 new green schools (including the new Dunbar Senior High School, where the Mayor presented the report), and the creation of five new community gardens.

The beauty of the District of Columbia can be seen in the trees and parks all over the city. Mayor Vincent Gray has built a foundation that will serve the city well in the years ahead. To learn more about the Sustainable DC Plan go to:

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