A guide to living more sustainably in the DC/Maryland/Virginia Area.

 

Sustainable DC

On Earth Day 2013, DC released a twenty year plan to make the city the greenest, healthiest, most livable place in the nation. The District will be a model of Innovative policies and practices that improve quality of life and economic opportunity. (www.sustainabledc.org, sustainable.future@dc.gov, (202) 442-7600) 

Recycling

DC Dept. of Public Works provides the opportunity for DC residents to drop off old batteries, aerosols, paints, etc. at the Fort Totten transfer station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE (first Thursday/Saturday a month) and takes them to an EPA-approved facility for proper processing, recycling or disposal.

The DC Recycler blog provides information on how to make your lifestyle more green and sustainable.

Bicycles

The Mt. Rainier Bike Coop teaches bike repair to youth and adults, sells used and refurbished bikes, and runs programs to create a more inclusive and responsible bicycling community. (3601 Bunker Hill Road, Mt Rainier, MD 20712)

The Bike House runs a free bike repair clinic every Saturday from noon to 3pm at 3917 Georgia Avenue NW (behind Qualia Coffee).

With over 110 stations throughout DC, Capital Bikeshare is an easy way for people to commute all over the city sans carbon emissions.

Community Gardening

Clagett Farm is an organic, sustainable farm in Upper Morlboro that runs a Community Supported Agriculture program, and offers free shares of vegetables to people who volunteer. (11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD  20772)

This website has a good list of farmers' markets in the greater DC area organized by day and time.

DC’s Field to Fork Network is a consortium of dozens of organizations in and around the district working to change people’s approach to food through community gardening, education and food distribution.

Common Good City Farm grows fresh produce for low-income DC members and educates the community about the dietary rewards of gardening while also including programs to educate people of all ages about the farming process.

City Blossoms uses gardening, education, artistic expression and community development to foster a sense of community pride in children so as to reduce youth and gang violence in DC. (1420 Columbia Ave NW, Washington DC 20009)

Clean Energy

Groundswell is organizing and coordinating DC residents, workers, and small businesses to retrofit homes for reduced carbon consumption while also providing good green jobs. 1156 15th St NW Suite 840 Washington, DC 20005

Activism

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is a grassroots environmental nonprofit dedicated to fighting global warming in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  

The Anacostia Watershed Society works to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage.

Co-ops 

A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. A partial list of cooperatives in DC and the surrounding area can be found here

Solar Energy 

DC Sun works to expand access to solar by educating District residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening D.C.’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.