Keith Anderson, Director of the D.C. Department of Environment, and local activists are scheduled to discuss sustainability legislation that Mayor Vincent Gray sent to the D.C. Council on October 1, 2013.
The October 1 legislative package contains eleven bills. They address energy and energy efficiency, environmental education, river protection, public transportation, trees, urban beekeeping and consumer protection.
Some of the proposals, while narrow, advance goals set in the city’s February 20, 2013 sustainability plan and refine or update previous sustainability legislation proposed by Mayor Gray and enacted by the city in January 2013.
But while targeted towards discrete revisions in existing sustainability legislation or narrow new proposals, the legislative package covers a wide range of topics.
The energy and energy efficiency bills promote the city’s energy and water benchmarking program. They allow greater public input into the city’s energy and related efficiency programs.
The bills provide new tax credits for vehicle owners who convert their petroleum and diesel fueled cars to alternative fuels and property owners who install alternative energy fueling stations.
The public transportation bill requires mid and large-size businesses to provide employees with transit benefits programs, and it will prohibit food businesses from using polystyrene as a food container.
The D.C. Environmental Network is an ad hoc group of local activists and environmental organizations. It holds monthly meetings, which are open to the public.