12 Mar '13, 1pm

Can Washington D.C. become the greenest city in the U.S.?

From greener buildings to "a fishable, swimmable Anacostia river," the Sustainable D.C. Act of 2012 has "32 goals, 31 targets, and more than 140 actions" aimed to make Washington D.C. the "greenest city in the U.S." Jared Green at The Dirt (cross-posted at Grist ) reports on a few: There’s an accelerated tree planting campaign, with 6,400 slated to be planted this season alone. The goal is a 40 percent tree canopy, which would put D.C. in the top tier of major cities worldwide. Beyond trees, the city is implementing “high standard stormwater infrastructure investments.” For example, “we are now building more green roofs than anyone,” with 1.5 million square feet now in place. Green streets, like the first green alley built in Ward 7, are also being rolled out, with more potentially coming soon in Chinatown. Green infrastructure technologies may get a local boost, too, with...

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