On Wednesday, February 20ieth, Mayor Vincent Gray released the Sustainable DC Plan. This plan has been developed over the last 18 months through a participatory process that has involved citizens, businesses and local leaders across DC. The plan puts forth sustainable actions for the environment, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, and water to ensure that the District becomes the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation over the next 20 years.
Local residents and activists took advantage of this event to voice their opposition to coal burning at the Capitol Power Plant. As noted in this blog, the Architect of the Capitol is seeking permission to increase coal burning at the plant. Increasing coal burning at the plant would decrease DC air quality, and fly in the face of the Mayor's much touted Sustainability Plan. DC's Department of the Environment will make a decision on the AOC's proposal in the coming weeks. In the meantime, local citizens are continuing to voice opposition to coal burning at the plant. If you would like a yardsign to post in your yard or window to mark your opposition to coal burning at the Capitol Power Plant, contact the DCRecycler.