Sustainable DC Plan Targets Emissions and Climate Resilience



Feb. 26, 2013

Contact: Star Dodd, Communications Director | 202.621.5665

Sustainable DC Plan Targets Emissions and Climate Resilience

WASHINGTON, DC – Working to make DC a greener, healthier and more viable city, Mayor Vincent Gray released the Sustainable DC Planon Feb. 20 that sets forth ambitious goals and metrics pertaining to climate and the environment. The 20-year program includes emissions reductions pledges, as well as climate adaptation measures, proving the District is already Asking the Climate Question and providing compelling answers. Specifically, the Sustainable DC Plan calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2032 and enhancing the resilience of DC infrastructure to climate change impacts.

The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) supports the goals outlined in the Sustainable DC Plan and the city’s efforts to improve the quality of life for residents. CCAP’s own urban adaptation program, Weathering Climate Risks, aims to help cities and companies enhance physical, economic, and social resilience in the face of severe weather trends and climate change impacts.

“This plan represents a major step forward in improving DC’s community resilience and ability to prepare for climate change,” CCAP’s Director of Transportation and Adaptation Programs, Steve Winkelman said. “CCAP looks forward to working with the District as it implements sustainability measures and pursues best practices in climate adaptation.”

This visionary plan, lead by the DC Office of Planning and the District Department of the Environment takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability, taking into consideration aspects such as governance, the economy, health, equity and diversity. Specifically targeting green measures, the sustainability plan touches on climate adaptation requirements, electricity generation goals, green infrastructure changes and improving transportation and land use. Notable climate resilience goals include (by 2032):



About the Center for Clean Air Policy: Since 1985, CCAP has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent think-tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, national and international levels. It is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. that helps policymakers around the world to develop, promote and implement innovative solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems. With on-the-ground policy and research activities across the U.S. and around the globe, CCAP is developing pragmatic solutions that balance both environmental and economic interests. For more information about CCAP, please visit


For more details on the Sustainable DC Plan, visit the Weathering Climate Risks blog.

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