Greenhouse gases have declined in Washington, D.C., in part thanks to the city’s Climate Action Plan. This action plan hopes to reduce carbon emissions to 50 percent of 2006 levels by 2032, and 80 percent by 2050. Between 2011 and 2013, greenhouse gases fell 23 percent citywide, according to the D.C. Policy Center.
In order to further track the progress of the action plan, the city initiated a greenhouse gas inventory that currently compiles 1,054 out of the city’s 161,500 buildings. The buildings chosen are private residential and commercial buildings that are 50,000 square feet and larger and public buildings that are 10,000 square feet and larger.
In an effort to track which buildings emit the highest gas emissions in the city’s inventory, the D.C. Policy Center created an interactive map, found below.
Can’t see the map? Head to the D.C. Policy Center here.
[UPDATE 9/5/17: WAMU has looked into the Watergate East’s numbers and has confirmed that the reporting was inaccurate. The D.C. Policy Center has updated their findings.]
The D.C. Metro area topped ENERGY STAR’s 2016 list of the highest number of ENERGY STAR-certified buildings out of every metro area in the U.S.
In November 2016, RENTCafé also reported that the District ranked as the fourth city in the nation with the most green-certified apartments on the market. At the time, there were approximately 7,000 green rentals on the market in the city.
• Map: These Buildings Emit The Most Greenhouse Gases In D.C. [DCist]
• Greenhouse gas emissions in D.C. [D.C. Policy Center]
• D.C. ranks as fourth best U.S. city for green apartments [Curbed DC]
• D.C. Metro Area Has the Most Energy-Efficient Buildings in the Nation [Curbed DC]