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October 18, 2011

Accountability & Process in DC’s Sustainability Plan

Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 01:22:45 PM EST

by Chris Weiss Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

Dear District of Columbia Environmental Leader:

I am writing to invite you to participate in our upcoming discussion, this Thursday, October 20th, at 8:00 am, on how we can help Mayor Gray design a Sustainable DC plan that we can implement and ultimately be proud of. You have been in the trenches advocating to green the District and understand the challenges we all face to protect the environmental health of everyone in DC and ultimately on the entire planet. That is why I need your help to formulate a plan that will really work.

The District of Columbia government has done a good job so far of reaching out to District residents and the environmental community for ideas and a vision for a sustainable District of Columbia. If you look on the Sustainable DC website you will find an excellent list of existing and new policy initiatives. What you won’t find is a clear road map on how we can actually make that vision a reality.

Our discussion this Thursday will look at how we might create a road map to success using a framework based on accountability, transparency and good governance.

The truth is it has been a struggle over the last decade to properly implement sustainability initiatives. Most of the environmental initiatives that we have all worked hard on have had limited success and many lacked the true comittment of decision makers and sometimes even the broader community necessary for implementation. This time we have to get it right and the only way we can make sure this new plan works is for all of us to work together to help the Mayor put a structure in place that is strong enough to be carried on through future administrations.

I hope you will consider coming to this discussion. If you cannot make it we will be having additional meetings to continue this process over the next six months. Sign- Up here to participate!

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

Accountability & Process in DC’s Sustainability Plan

On October 20th at 8:00 AM please join this DC Environmental Network (DCEN) discussion to help figure out ways to structure the process to ensure performance over time of Mayor Gray’s new Sustainable DC plan. Let’s make ourselves and the District accountable for implementing a bold and aggressive vision for a Sustainable DC. RSVP Here!


Performance and process and the District’s sustainability plan “If done right” should be our theme to creating and implementing the District’s new sustainability initiative. The interests of the District, over time, will be best served by a sustainability plan that maximizes results by taking a look at the way we can create the process that will insure performance and accountability in the ways the Sustainable DC plan is implemented.

From a process perspective we will have a discussion to develop recommendations to develop guidelines that might:

– Make it common practice to assess environmental, economic and social performance as compared

to baselines;

– Ensure that the management and accountability structures and systems and the resources to support them are in place;

– Find a way to assess sustainability risk and opportunity for each policy and practice put in place;

– Not only look at what we produce but how;

– Leverage partnerships with business, nonprofits and academic institutions; and

– Engage stakeholders from those who live and work in the District, local and federal government agencies and employees, nonprofits, labor unions and visitors.

This presentation will be moderated by Patty Rose (Greenspace, NCR, Inc.) and Chris Weiss (DC Environmental Network).


  • Thursday, October 20th, 8:00am until 10:00am
  • Global Green USA, 1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor (near Farragut North & McPherson Square metro stations)
  • Sign- Up here to participate!
  • Call-In Number: (775) 269-3893, when prompted enter 399602#

All are welcome to attend!

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