Posts Tagged ‘District Department of the Environment’

Reel Talk

Chuck Patterson turns his gaze to the river as his line grows taut. “Man, you must be good luck!” he chortles as he reels in an 18-inch catfish. It’s the third one he’s caught in six hours of fishing today.
He inspects his catch. “Does that look clean to you?” Patterson asks. “It sure looks clean [...]

Does Sustainable D.C. Have a Race Problem?

This week, the District Department of the Environment issued its very visionary, very broad and sweeping plan to make D.C. the greenest city in the nation, as Mayor Vince Gray says over and over again. It was forged through dozens of meetings with volunteer committees, and hyped through advisory neighborhood commissions, community associations, and professional [...]

Do D.C. Residents Have Any Good Ideas on Sustainability?

Back in July, the District Department of the Environment and Office of Planning announced that they'd be embarking on a new sustainability strategy. They couldn't tell us what it would entail, exactly. That was supposed to come from you: Having designed a big old community engagement effort, OP director Harriet Tregoning said they were "crowdsourcing" [...]

Easy Does It

Higher-ups in the District government love to brag about their city’s environmental credentials: D.C., they’ll tell you, has more certifiably green buildings and more acreage of green roofs than any place besides Chicago, not to mention more Energy Star-approved buildings than anywhere besides Los Angeles.
“We’re a city that has nearly 30 acres of green roofs [...]

Jilted Solar Panelists Get Their Rebates

Remember those 51 people who were told they wouldn't be getting the rebates on solar systems they'd been promised? The Council just passed emergency legislation to put that money back into the Renewable Energy Incentive Program, delivering $13,000 per homeowner on average.
The downside of the reprogramming: That $700,000 came not from the general fund, but [...]

Meet the New Boss: DDOE’s Christophe Tulou

Next up for new agency director question time is the District Department of the Environment's Christophe Tulou, who's actually been in charge for nearly a year now, but was one of the few Fenty administration picks to survive into the Vince Gray era. Last week, we sat down at DDOE's NoMa offices to talk solar [...]

DDOE Has Something to Say

In response to a post this morning about solar rebates, the District Department of the Environment sent over this note:
DDOE would like to clarify the record with respect to your article, “Solar Rebates Slashed Again, Jeopardizing Fragile Progress.” DDOE invited Ms. Schoolman and other solar advocates to assure them of the DDOE’s strong support of [...]

Solar Rebates Slashed Again, Jeopardizing Fragile Progress

Trying to pin down funding for solar energy in the District is like wrestling a slippery fish: You think you have it, and then it jumps out of your hands again, forcing another round of pursuit.
Along with incentives from the federal government, a $3-per-kilowatt subsidy has brought rooftop solar energy systems within the reach of [...]

D.C. Getting Power to Make Polluters Pay

In every other state in the nation, when some industrial entity pollutes an area, the state government can sue that entity and force it to pay for cleanup without the federal Environmental Protection Agency having to come in and take over.
You know what comes next: Not in the District.
Although in 2000 the Council created incentives [...]

Paying the Bills: Wraparound Crowd Files Through Convention Center for Energy Discounts

Thousands of low-income Washingtonians started lining up early this morning at the Convention Center to get a crack at discounts on their utility bills and free weatherization for their homes, waiting for hours while canvassers for mayoral candidates Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray worked the line (a few heated arguments broke out along the way).
The [...]