District to Weatherize Hundreds of Additional Homes
Stimulus funds triple weatherization services available to low-income residents
The District of Columbia will receive $8.1 million in federal funds to support its weatherization programs for low-income residents. The funding is part of a United States Department of Energy grant to the District under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. It will allow the District to weatherize an additional 785 homes over the usual workload of about 400 in the same period.
"Everybody wins with weatherization," said DDOE Director George S. Hawkins. "You will start to save money on your very first utility bill after we do the work. District residents get and keep jobs doing the weatherizing. And by helping you use less energy, we’re reducing the District’s contribution to the greenhouse gases that cause global warming."
DDOE's weatherization program covers replacement of windows and doors, installation of insulation and weatherstripping, and repair of heating and cooling equipment. District residents are eligible if they meet the following income guidelines:
District of Columbia Receives $194,300 in ARRA Funds for Water Quality Management Planning
The District of Columbia has received $194,300 in ARRA funds for Water Quality Management Planning. The District’s Department of the Environment (DDOE) has submitted work plans to EPA for two water quality planning projects. The first project is to revise and update the District of Columbia Water Pollution Control Contingency Plan, and the second is to develop required Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) standards for pollutants. DDOE is partnering with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) on these projects.
District Submits Grant Funding Application to USEPA for More Than $14 Million in River Restoration and Pollution Prevention Projects Hundreds of “Green Projects” to be funded by DDOE with new Recovery Act funds, with an additional $5.7M going to DCWASA for rehabilitating Watts Branch and improving Tide Gates
Mayfair Mansions/Paradise Manor (Jay St. NE) Stormwater Treatment and Stream Buffer Enhancement This project will address a longstanding drainage issue on Jay St. NE near Watts Branch, a vital tributary to the Anacostia River. DDOE will provide stimulus funding to direct stormwater runoff from the road to infiltration basins near the stream buffer of Watts Branch. The benefits to the Anacostia River will include treating and infiltrating stormwater on site, helping to recharge groundwater levels, and diminishing the impact on aquatic life from polluted stormwater rushing to local streams during storm events. The National Park Service (NPS) and DCWASA are both fully supportive of this effort. DDOE is partnering with Turner Construction on this project.
Project Timeline: February 2010 – August 2010 Funding: $ $598,987 in green reserve funding
Pope Branch Regenerative Stormwater Outfalls This project will support the reconstruction of stormwater outfalls into Pope Branch, a tributary to the Anacostia River. An innovative, engineered system of stepped pools, with materials appropriate for stream habitat, will be installed to address erosion problems at the outfall. DDOE is partnering with Biohabitats on this project.
Project Timeline: February 2010 – November 2010 Funding: $262,593.48 in green reserve funding
Rock Creek Regenerative Stormwater Outfalls This project will support the reconstruction of stormwater outfalls into Rock Creek, a tributary to the Potomac River. An innovative, engineered system of stepped pools with materials appropriate for stream habitat will be installed to address erosion problems at the outfall.
Project Timeline: February 2010 – August 2010 Funding: $660,397 in green reserve funding
Green Neighborhoods: Tree Planting Program This project supports conducting site assessments on homeowner properties to determine where to plant the “right tree in the right place”, train others to do these assessments, plant trees, interface with residents, and increase awareness about the importance of trees in the District. Planting trees on residential property will reduce the amount of stormwater leaving residential land and flowing into the District’s Combined and Separated Sewer Systems, thereby reducing non-point source pollution to the City’s local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. This effort will also support DDOE’s Energy Office efforts to reduce residential energy consumption by taking advantage of the energy-saving attributes of trees when appropriately placed. DDOE is partnering with Casey Trees on this project.
Project Timeline: October 2009 – October 2011 Funding: $500,000
This project will offer five innovative, yet proven, stormwater-reducing practices to homeowners. The practices include: rain barrel installation; planting of shade trees, rain gardens, and native landscaping; and replacing impervious surfaces with permeable ones. Each participating home is eligible for up to $1,200 in landscape subsidies. The items actually installed on a property will vary depending on what is deemed appropriate by a trained DDOE stormwater auditor or other trained professional and by what each homeowner chooses to install. Nearly 300 District residences will receive RiverSmart Homes installations through these funds. DDOE is partnering with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay on this project.
Project Timeline: October 2009 – October 2011 Funding: $500,000
This project will focus on the removal of dead or dying trees within the area of the District of Columbia served by the Combined Sewer System (CSS). Many of these trees are in tree boxes that limit root space due to small tree box size or have poor or compacted soils. Since these trees are not providing high environmental benefits, they will be removed and the soil in the tree box will be amended. When appropriate, this project will include curb cuts to make the tree boxes into infiltration tree planters. New trees will then be planted which will have a better survival rate which will lead to an increase in urban tree canopy for the District. This project may be coupled with the “Impervious Surface Reduction Project so that the newly planted trees will have a larger tree box, increased pervious area and more room for growth.
Project Timeline: March 2010 – April 2011 Funding: $2,050,000 in green reserve funding
Impervious Surface Reduction Project This project will focus on the removal of dead or dying trees within the area of the District of Columbia served by the Combined Sewer System (CSS). Many of these trees are in tree boxes that limit root space due to small tree box size or have poor or compacted soils. Since these dead or dying trees are not providing high environmental benefits, they will be removed and the soil in the tree box will be amended. New trees will then be planted in these enhanced tree boxes and will be watered as needed to guarantee a higher survival rate. The resulting increase in the District’s urban tree canopy will reduce the urban heat island effect which will improve air quality by reducing the formation of ground-level ozone/smog, provide more shade and lower temperatures, increase property values and absorb more stormwater runoff. When appropriate, this project will include curb cuts to make the tree boxes into water infiltration tree planters. This project may also be coupled with the “Impervious Surface Reduction Project” so that the newly planted trees will have a larger tree box that increases its water-absorbing potential and provides more room for root spreading and tree growth. DDOE is partnering with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) on this project.
Project Timeline: March 2010 – March 2011 Funding: $2,050,000
Impervious Surface Reduction Project The focus of this project is on the removal of concrete or other impervious surfaces around tree boxes in the area of the District of Columbia served by the CSS. Prior studies have shown that in rain events, large amounts of water run quickly over impervious surfaces, entering the combined sewer system at a high rate of speed which frequently leads to untreated sewer and stormwater overflowing into the District’s creeks and rivers. To mitigate this effect, DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) plans to expand the size of existing tree boxes or to link tree boxes to create an expanded planting strip. In removing impervious surfaces, UFA will increase the soil area for root expansion, intercept stormwater runoff and obtain increased environmental benefits by planting larger canopy tree species in the tree boxes or plantable strips. In planting areas where it is not appropriate to plant trees, UFA proposes to create grassed swales. When appropriate, this project will include curb cuts to make the tree boxes into infiltration tree planters.
Project Timeline: March 2010 – March 2011 Funding: $1,450,000
Green Alleys Demonstration Project The goal of this demonstration project is the removal of impervious surfaces from alleys in the District of Columbia. Presently, paved alleys are impervious. In this project, several standard alleys would be reconstructed, incorporating structural soils at a depth of 2 feet from the sub-base. On top of compacted gravel, a permeable pavement or paver system will be installed to allow for the infiltration of stormwater. If possible, different paving systems will be demonstrated to compare their efficacy. DDOE is partnering with DDOT on this project.
Project Timeline: November 2009 – September 2011 Funding: $973,000
Green Median Renovation This demonstration project will focus on the removal of impervious concrete from selected paved medians and retrofit them with amended soils, structural soils, and drought tolerant, low maintenance plants. Soil retrofits will be replaced to a minimum depth of three feet, thus continuing to allow the support of granite curbing. Plants appropriate to the conditions will then be installed. When appropriate, this project will include curb cuts to allow the flow of stormwater retention and infiltration into these newly planted areas. DDOE is partnering with DDOT on this project.
Project Timeline: April 2010 – April 2011 Funding: $750,000
Green Roofs for Municipal Buildings This project supports the installation of a green roof retrofit at Maury Elementary School and Woodson Senior High School. Green roofs hold and delay rainfall, effectively preventing rainwater from becoming stormwater and reducing combined sewer overflow (CSO’s) events. CSO’s mean that sewage and stormwater flow untreated into the District's creeks and rivers. In addition, green roofs filter air pollutants from the rainwater and save energy in buildings by reducing heating and cooling costs. DDOE is partnering with the District Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) on the following projects:
Maury Elementary School Project Timeline: July 2010 – August 2010 Funding: $135,000
Woodson Senior High School Project Timeline: November 2010 – March 2011 Funding: $1,215,000
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library Green Roof
DDOE will support the District Public Library (DCPL)’s new construction of the Watha T. Daniel, Shaw Neighborhood Library by providing funding for the installation of a vegetative green roof on the new LEED-rated library as well as any structural enhancements required to support the additional load. The Library is located in the historic Shaw neighborhood at 945 Rhode Island Ave NW. Green roofs hold and delay rainfall, effectively preventing rainwater from becoming stormwater and reducing combined sewer overflow (CSO’s) events. CSO’s mean that sewage and stormwater flow untreated into the Districts creeks and rivers. In addition, green roofs filter air pollutants from the rainwater and save energy in buildings by reducing heating and cooling costs. DDOE is partnering with the District District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) on this project. Project Timeline: project is ongoing and completion is expected in spring 2010. Funding: $333,798
This project supports the installation of green roofs at Benning Library, Tenley Library, Anacostia Senior High School, and Wilson Senior High School. Green roofs hold and delay rainfall, effectively preventing rainwater from becoming stormwater and reducing combined sewer overflow (CSO’s) events. CSO’s mean that sewage and stormwater flow untreated into the Districts creeks and rivers. In addition, green roofs filter air pollutants from the rainwater and save energy in buildings by reducing heating and cooling costs. DDOE is partnering with both DCPL and OPEFM on the following projects:
Benning LibraryProject Timeline: July 2009 – October 2009 Funding: $274,540
Tenley Library Project Timeline: September 2010 – October 2010 Funding: $267,492
Anacostia Senior High School Project Timeline: August 2010 – September 2010 Funding: $607,500
Wilson Senior High School Project Timeline: October 2010 – December 2010 Funding: $199,303
Green Roof Subsidy
DDOE will expand its existing small green roof subsidy program by establishing a new program targeting large-scale,
retrofits on District buildings. The program will be administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS). Rebates of $7 per square foot of green roof will be available to District property owners who will be installing more than 4,000 square feet of green roof to their building. These stimulus funds will be used to support this type of rebate approach to encourage an additional 58,500 square feet of green roof installation in the District. Green roofs hold and delay rainfall, effectively preventing rainwater from becoming stormwater and reducing combined sewer overflow (CSO’s) events. CSO’s mean that sewage and stormwater flow untreated into the Districts creeks and rivers. In addition, green roofs filter air pollutants from the rainwater and save energy in buildings by reducing heating and cooling costs.
Project Timeline: October 2009 – February 2011 Funding: $613,023
Green Tanks for Fire Engines DDOE will support the District Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department’s efforts to “go green” by providing Stimulus Act funds for a roof top rain water harvest & reuse program. These projects will take an integrated site design approach directing roof runoff to cisterns that will be used to fill the starter water tanks on fire trucks and for truck washing. Truck wash runoff will also be directed to areas that will be paved with permeable paving systems also designed and installed as part of this project. Not only will this project reduce the Department’s needs for water, but it will diminish the impact on aquatic life by reducing the amount of polluted stormwater rushing into local streams during storm events along with untreated sewage. DDOE is partnering with GeoSyntec on this project.
Project Timeline: February 2010 – December 2010 Funding: $500,000
Green Toilets for Schools DDOE will support Anacostia Senior High School in becoming greener by providing Stimulus Act funding for an innovative roof top rain water harvest & reuse program. This project will include funding for a harvest system to direct roof top rain water runoff into cisterns that will be used to supply low-flush toilets. Not only will this project reduce the school’s needs for water, but it will diminish the impact on aquatic life by reducing the amount of polluted stormwater rushing to local streams during storm events along with untreated sewage. DDOE is partnering with the District Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) on this project.
Project Timeline: August 2010 – March 2011 Funding: $500,000
Hickey Run Best Management Practice (BMP)/Access Road DDOE will use stimulus funding to install a porous pavement road that will provide necessary access for the construction and maintenance of a “structural floatable control” BMP in the lower part of the Hickey Run subwatershed to control runoff of fuels, oil, greases, trash and other pollutants from entering the waterway. Hickey Run is a vital tributary to the Anacostia which runs through the US National Arboretum, and this project will be implemented in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture and US Army Corps of Engineers.
Project Timeline: March 2010 – September 2010 Funding: $500,000
DCWASA-Watts Branch Sewer Rehabilitation (in coordination with DDOE and US Fish and Wildlife Service) DDOE is providing funding to support DCWASA’s Phase 2 rehabilitation and relocation of sanitary sewers in Watts Branch, the largest tributary to the Anacostia River, to move forward in conjunction with stream restoration efforts. Phase 2 of the project involves the relocation of the Watts Branch interceptor for approximately two blocks to eliminate 3 (or 4) sewer crossings of Watts Branch as well as lining of the interceptor from west of Grant Street / 46th Street to where the sewer exits the park. This will greatly reduce if not eliminate the incidents of sewer breaks which lead to untreated sewage going into the waterway, and enable restoration work to move forward to bring the stream back to a more natural condition.
Project Timeline: April 2010 – October 2011 Funding: $680,511
DCWASA-Tide Gate Improvements DDOE is providing funding to support DCWASA’s efforts to improve the wastewater treatment system and make it more efficient. Tide gates at four combined sewer overflow outfalls will be improved to prevent millions of gallons of river water from entering the Blue Plains treatment system during high tide and flooding. DCWASA estimates that approximately 40,000 gallons per day of river water currently being treated at Blue Plains can be prevented from entering the combined sewer system upon completion of the project, which will reduce the number of overflows into the River and reduce operating costs at the plant.
Project Timeline: February 2010 – September 2010 Funding: $621,552
Sewer Rehabilitation: Various Locations DDOE is providing funding to support DCWASA’s rehabilitation of sewers at multiple locations to improve the wastewater treatment system and make it more efficient.
DC WASA Announces Planned Use of Stimulus Safe Drinking Water Funds
Projects will improve area wastewater management system
As part of the federal Recovery Act, the District of Columbia received an additional allocation of $19.2/6 million for its Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The DC Water and Sewer Authority (DCWASA), which implements the fund, has announced that these additional resources will be used for the following improvements to its wastewater management system:
Small Diameter Water Main Replacements for 2010: Replacement of approximately 15,500 feet of small diameter (12 inch in diameter and smaller) water mains and related work which will improve water quality, quantity, pressure, reliability, safety and security of the water distribution system.
Project timeframe: Between January 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011 Estimated cost: $6,650,000
Small Valve Replacements Contract 5: Replacement of 38 small valves in the water distribution system and associated fire hydrants, sidewalk, curb and gutter and paving which will provide operational flexibility, safety and prevent contamination of the water distribution system by isolating with the small valves in case of pipe breaks.
Project timeframe: Between October 1, 2009 and November 8, 2010 Estimated cost: $813,800
Fort Stanton Site Work and Joint Seals Contract 090120: Improvements to the existing drainage piping, installation of new subsoil drainage piping, replacement of manholes and fencing, slope stabilization, and landscaping at the Fort Stanton Reservoirs located on the east side of the Anacostia River in response to an embankment failure in the vicinity of Fort Stanton Reservoir No. 2 in 2008. These projects will to protect drinking water supply by preventing unaccounted losses through seepage from Fort Stanton Reservoir No. 2, as well as preserve the life of this facility.
Project timeframe: Between June 2009 and December 2009 Estimated cost: $2,290,000
Rock Creek Water Main Replacement: Replacement of approximately 3,600 feet of 8” and smaller diameter water mains, 3,000 feet of 12” diameter water mains, 3,700 feet of water services in public space, 17 fire hydrants, and 50 small diameter water valves in the Rock Creek drainage area to improve hydraulics, eliminate or greatly reduce leaks, improve water quality and reduce water main breaks that would result in unplanned customer service outages.
Project timeframe: Between April 15, 2009 and November 11, 2011 Estimated cost: $3,189,000
Large Valve Replacements Contract No. 8: Replacement twenty-five (25) defective large diameter valves at 22 different sites in the District to protect drinking water quality by allowing smaller sections of the system to be isolated and lower the potential for water quality problems from system breaks, as well as reduce leakage from the defective valves.
Project timeframe: Between December 21, 2009 and July 30, 2011 Estimated cost: $2,770,000
Small Diameter Water Main Rehabilitation 6: Rehabilitation of approximately 4 miles of small diameter (12-inch and smaller) water pipe at various locations in the District to reduce main breaks, improve available fire flows, and remove corrosion by-products from the inside of the pipe which improves water quality.
Project timeframe: Between December 21, 2009 and July 30, 2011 Estimated cost: $9,650,000
District Department of the Environment Plans to Use Stimulus Funds for Far-Reaching Energy Efficiency and Conservation Efforts
Under the Recovery Act, the District will receive over $30 million in energy efficiency and conservation funding through the “State Energy Program” or “SEP” ($22,022,000) and the new “Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant” or “EECBG” ($9,593,500).
The District plans to use this funding to promote energy conservation and renewable energy expansion as follows: 1) Across the Government, by transferring 75% of the combined funds to agencies with buildings and other infrastructure in their capital portfolios that are in need of energy efficiency improvements. Energy retrofits will deliver significant cost savings to the District, and thus to taxpayers, and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 2) Across the community, by applying 25% of the combined funds to DDOE programs that provide direct energy services to businesses and residents. Reducing District-wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions will require citywide adoption of energy conservation measures.
To develop a proposed allocation of funding among District agencies, DDOE and the Office of the City Administrator surveyed the District’s major facility management agencies for energy retrofit needs that would deliver immediate energy savings and create jobs. Agencies submitted requests for funding that far exceeded the available budget (over $200M). The final allocation shown in Table 1 was derived based on: 1) the agency’s approximate share of the District government’s total building energy retrofit needs; and 2) the desire to distribute funding across the District portfolio to promote greening practices by as many agencies as possible, and for the benefit of as many people as possible.
Black Cat Ivy/Jubilee Jobs Invasive Species Job Training Project
Project Type: Related Ecosystem/Watershed Enhancement Project State(s): District of Columbia Federal Funding Requested ($100,000 minimum): $500,000 Readiness: Project initiated within 7 Days
The Black Cat Ivy project for the Urban Forestry Administration is a precedent-setting effort to create a cadre of invasive species specialists who will work to protect and enhance the tree canopy and assist in the restoration of the ecosystem throughout parklands and waterways within the District of Columbia.
The men and women hired into these new jobs will be trained to properly identify, and to safely and effectively eradicate, invasive plants and pests (e.g. emerald ash borer, gypsy moth). Once an area is freed from these threats, new trees will be planted. Riparian areas, meadows and parklands will be replenished with low-maintenance native plants, grasses and shrubs. The tree canopy will be better able to filter air pollutants, clean water, reduce storm water runoff, and provide food and shelter for birds and small animals. Black Cat Ivy participants will also receive training in herbicide applications, use of GIS tools, pruning of young trees, and other skills. The experience and education gained over the course of the project will enable participants to meet growing public and private sector demand for the new “green” service of invasive species removal.
This innovative project links and meets the needs of two pressing issues in the District of Columbia: employment for disadvantaged residents through creation of new jobs to remove invasive species which are threatening to destroy the native ecosystems throughout our region. Particular emphasis will be given to hiring “returning residents” (non-violent former offenders returning home to the District after a period of incarceration). Black Cat Ivy participants will be paid a “living wage” (e.g. base of $12.10 per hour to start, with financial incentives linked to job performance). Finally, this project will broadly increase the capacity of the Urban Forestry Administration to care for 130,000 street trees and thousands of acres of trees and shrubs on Department of Parks & Recreation properties.
Diverting timber-sized saw logs from the landfill toward a local business that has the proven ability to turn dead parkland and street trees into wood products makes good economic and environmental sense. The District of Columbia annually produces a large amount of woody biomass and timber from its routine and emergency tree maintenance operations–most of which is turned to wood chips. This urban wood could used for the creation of sustainable lumber for municipal uses such as park benches and other outdoor furniture, tree stakes, sign posts and kiosks among others. The District’s biggest obstacle for processing trees into saw logs is a staffed central staging yard for the temporary storage, grading and redistribution of large urban timber.
This proposal by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments seeks to help the District of Columbia establish a central staging yard at a site owned by the University of the District of Columbia/DC government or secondary site in the District of Columbia for urban timber, including the staff and necessary equipment to process and disburse logs for sawmill processing. Currently there are few sawmills interested in urban timber. However, the Community Woodlands Alliance (CWA) has a specialty mill in Montgomery County, MD that has the necessary experience and interest to efficiently process urban timber and produce a host of useful wood products. However, more staff and some equipment is needed to ramp up the processing capability of this facility in order to create a satellite site to accommodate the District’s needs; as the project expands we will offer DC high school youth job training at the site as well include this internship in the green summer jobs program.
The expected cost of this project would be $600,000 for establishing, staffing and acquiring the necessary equipment to set up a saw log processing and job training center to make sustainable usage of the District’s urban timber upgrade drinking water infrastructure.
District Department of the Environment Proposes to Use Recovery Act Funds for "Clean Diesel" Projects DDOE submits plans to EPA for formula, competitive grants
The District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) has submitted a plan to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to utilize $1.7 million in formula-based funds it will receive under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for programs designed to reduce diesel emissions in the District. The funds will be used for two discrete initiatives:
Alternative fuel vehicles: The Department of Public Works (DPW) will purchase approximately 18 compressed natural gas (“CNG”) or hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as trash compactors and front end loaders. Local matching funds will be used to purchase approximately 24 more CNG or hybrid medium- and light-duty vehicles. The vehicles being replaced will be scrapped or permanently disabled.
Anti-Idling Public Awareness Campaign: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), working with DDOE and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, will undertake a public education campaign geared towards ensuring that truck and bus companies operating in the District, District government employees, and residents are aware of the District’s no idling regulation. This effort will include placement of no-idling signage, meeting with affected businesses, and outreach to the general public.
These projects will reduce diesel emissions across the District, decreasing the exposure of residents, workers and tourists to air toxics. Reduced idling will also decrease fuel consumption.
DDOE also has applied for an additional $1.7 million in competitive funding for clean energy, which would used to purchase additional alternative fuel vehicles for DPW and DDOT, and also to support a partnership with CSX railroad to install a “genset” clean engine on a switcher locomotive based at the CSX railyard in the District. EPA is expected to announce which projects will be funded through the competitive program this summer.
For more information on this program, contact Cecily Beall, Associate Director of DDOE’s Air Quality Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 535-2626.
Army Corps of Engineers Allocates $1 Million in ARRA Funding for District
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act appropriated $4.6 billion to the Corps for its Civil Works program. Of that total, two projects are slated for the District:
$184,000–Potomac and Anacostia Rivers Drift Removal–To provide for debris removal at project to allow for emergency response to storms and highwater events. The project prevents severe damage to commercial and recreational vessels that could result in loss of life, property damage and environmental damage due to fuel and or chemical spills.
$850,000–Complete levee/closure design and document current environmental and economic information to allow a construction contract to be awarded at the start of FY 2010. The completed project will reduce the risk of flooding in the downtown Washington, DC area.
A full list of these projects nationwide is available here.
District Submits Plan for Use of ARRA Weatherization Assistance Funds
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) will receive over $8 million in federal stimulus funds from the US Department of Energy for its Weatherization Assistance Program. At their request, DDOE Weatherization Program staff will perform energy audits on the homes of low-income residents and contract with community-based organizations to undertake audit-recommended measures (i.e., window or door repair or replacement, installation of insulation, replacement of old appliances) to reduce energy costs in those homes.
Over the next three years, DDOE plans to use the Recovery Act funds to make energy improvements to approximately 785 homes. More information on the program is available on the DDOE website (green.dc.gov) or by contacting the program director at Ismenda.Richardson@dc.gov.
District Weatherization Project Featured in White House Video
Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, recently visited a District Department of the Environment stimulus-funded weatherization worksite.
View the link to the video posted on the White House's website.
District Awarded $568K for Consumer Energy Efficiency Rebates
The District is scheduled to receive $568,000 to fund a program to provide rebates to consumers for buying energy efficient appliances. More information is available here.