January 01, 2018

Greening of the District: How Improved Cooperation with the Development Community Would Speed Sustainability

Amy L. Edwards and Aaron S. Heishman

The District of Columbia has become one of the “greenest” cities in the United States by implementing an array of environmentally progressive policies, from mandatory green building requirements to a fee on disposable plastic bags. While many jurisdictions view development as being at odds with the environment, the District’s development community has adapted to and even embraced these green initiatives. In fact, the District needs the development community to continue to be an active partner in these green efforts to achieve the city’s ambitious sustainability goals.

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