ASLA Seeks A More Sustainable D.C.

For Washington D.C., ASLA polled members to develop a new "comprehensive framework" connecting sustainability with economic development.

The members who were polled are from the Potomac, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland chapters of the ASLA. The recommendations will be reviewed by various D.C. agencies, but among them:

Energy: "Washington, D.C. should undertake a comprehensive survey of existing brownfield sites to determine which could be used to form a public/private partnership with a solar power firm."

Water: "Set clear, ambitious targets and deadlines for reducing stormwater runoff in the District and measure progress against targets. Like New York City and Philadelphia, develop a robust green infrastructure action plan that leverages existing grey infrastructure systems. Enact green infrastructure rules that enable the use of fines for private properties that don't store their own runoff."

Transportation: As one ASLA member wrote, "Please incorporate bike lanes where the cyclists are protected by parked cars, as opposed to the parked cars being protected by the cyclists."

Full Story: Becoming Greenest: Recommendations for a More Sustainable Washington D.C.

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