Sustainability and Climate in the District

Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan

Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan — This 2019 citywide plan is an update to the District’s first Sustainable DC Plan, a plan to make the District of the Columbia the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the country. The Plan includes specific goals for growing food, food business and access to food and is updated annually.

Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration

In October 2021, Mayor Bowser signed the Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration. This commitment centers food policy in government strategies to directly address the climate crisis. The Summer M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University published a Policy Brief to serve as a roadmap for achieving the District’s commitments under the Declaration. The brief outlines the District’s current efforts to address climate change in the food system and provides policy recommendations for future action. The recommendations fall under four overarching goals:

  • Increasing awareness of the climate impact of food systems among policymakers and the public;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from food waste;
  • Strengthening climate resiliency in the District’s infrastructure; and
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from meat consumption.

Read the Full Policy Brief Here:

Addressing Climate Change by Improving DC’s Food System: Meeting the Goals of the Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration.

Values-Based Procurement Buyer’s Guide

The Sustainable Supply Chain working group is excited to share their Values-Based Food Procurement Guide. The Guide is an on-ramp for small businesses, organizations, and individuals, who want to understand how to use their purchasing power to drive positive change for the food system. The Guide was modeled on best practices and structures from procurement programs and acknowledges their work as a foundation for this document. The information is broken out into a broad overview of four big issue areas – Local Economies, Health, Valued Workforce, and Animal Welfare – and provides options for how to incrementally change purchasing behavior. Each issue area is examined through a racial equity, environmental impact, and resiliency lens.

To learn more on how to shift to values-based procurement you can access the guide below:

Values-Based Food Sourcing: An introduction to buying food that’s good for people and planet