DC: Capital of renewable power

Washington, D.C. can already be considered a national leader in sustainability. The city has tripled its use of renewable energy since 2004, and boasts the nation’s 2nd highest percentage of jobs in green goods and services. The attractive mass transit system, multitude of farmers markets, and abundant bike sharing make living green fairly easy in our nation’s capital.

But this week, the Mayor of D.C., Vincent Gray made a commitment to amplify that sustainability. He unveiled his 20 year plan to make DC the healthiest, greenest most livable city in the United States. You can read the wholeplan here. But some of the highlights include:

  • Cutting citywide energy consumption by 50%
  • Increasing the use of renewable energy to 50%
  • And cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

Ambitious? Yes. Admirable? Definitely.

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