Overview of Washington DC's Sustainability Plan and On-Going Updates

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The Sustainable DC Plan is the plan of the Washington, DC government to make the city the healthiest, greenest, most livable city for all residents. Sustainability is about balancing the environmental, economic, and social needs of the District of Columbia today as well as the needs of the next generation, and the one after that.

Sustainable DC covers 13 topics: governance, equity, built environment, climate, economy, education, energy, food, health, nature, transportation, waste, and water. Each topic is organized into distinct goals, targets, and actions. Goals are big picture, overarching ambitions. Each goal usually has four or five quantitative targets. Actions explain how the District will reach each of the targets. To develop Sustainable DC 2.0, conversations were held with over 2,000 residents, with thousands more surveyed through the planning process.

Now due for its next update, the Department of Energy and Environment and the Office of Planning are working to carry forward the valuable input received during the 2.0 engagement process and enhance the equity aspects and quantitative rigor in what will be Sustainable DC 3.0.

Oana Leahu-Aluas, DOEE Sustainability Program Analyst, will provide an overview of DC’s sustainability plan, including progress to date, opportunity areas, and initiatives in the works with updates into the third iteration of the sustainability plan, currently under development.

About the Speakers

Oana Leahu-Aluas, Sustainability Program Analyst, Department of Energy and Environment in DC

Oana Leahu-Aluas is a Sustainability Program Analyst with the Department of Energy and Environment in DC. In this role, she coordinates implementation of and tracks progress on the District’s sustainability plan, Sustainable DC 2.0. She previously worked in environmental consulting, materials management, and energy efficiency. Oana holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University.

Connor Rattey, Program Analyst, Department of Energy and Environment in DC

Connor Rattey is a program analyst in the DC Department of Energy & Environment’s Urban Sustainability Administration. He has been with DOEE since 2021, where he has worked to advance the District’s green building priorities through the development review process, innovation grants, and inter-agency collaboration. Connor works closely with the DC Commission on Climate Change & Resiliency and the Green Building Advisory Council, which has been at the forefront of net-zero energy and embodied carbon policy in the District.

What is ASCE-NCS?

Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: http://region2.asce.org/). The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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