Sustainable DC, Washington, D.C.

Jurisdiction Name: Washington
State/Province: D.C.
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 601,723
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: plan
Year: 2013
GFC Topic:
Keywords: affordability, economic development, economic viability, food access, food security, healthy eating, healthy food access, land use, nutrition, plan, sustainability plan
Adopting Government Department(s):

D.C. Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Department of Energy & Environment; Office of Planning
Support Entity(s):

Organizations, departments, and agencies are identified with each goal

Funding Amount: Over $7.5 million to District agency innovation projects; more than $4.2 billion included in District's FY15 budget for projects related to Sustainable DC
Funding Sources: Sustainable DC Innovation Challenge and Sustainable DC Budget Challenge supported by the Mayor and DC Council
Policy Outcome(s):

Sustainable DC is the district’s plan to become the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States within the span of 20 years. One section of the plan is entirely focused on food, which envisions healthier residents and a more diverse economy fueled by a local, self-sustainable, accessible food production and distribution system. Goals of this section include increased agricultural land uses within the district, ensuring universal access to secure, nutritious and affordable food, and developing the food industry into a strong and viable economic sector. From 2013 to 2016, the city named it’s first Food Policy Director, established 16 new school gardens, and opened the East Capitol Urban Farm, which transformed D.C. Housing Authority owned-land into a thriving food production space for Ward 7 residents. A 2019 updated version of the policy, ‘Sustainable DC 2.0,’ can also be found in the database.

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