Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly called Washington or D.C., is the capital city of the United States. The city is located on the east bank of the Potomac River, which forms its southwestern border with Virginia and borders Maryland to its north and east. The city was named for George Washington, a Founding Father, victorious commanding general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and the first president of the United States who is sometimes referred to as "Father of his country". The district is named for Columbia, the female personification of the nation.
Climate action[edit | edit source]
Communities online[edit | edit source]
Greater Greater Washington, devoted to improving the vitality of Washington, DC and the walkable cities and neighborhoods in the Washington metropolitan area
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Solar power in Washington, D.C. has been growing in recent years due to new technological improvements and a variety of regulatory actions and financial incentives, especially a 30% tax credit, which unfortunately begins phasing out in 2020 and is reduced to 10% for commercial installations and nothing for residential by 2022. With moderate sun hours per day, and relatively modest utility rates, Washington DC falls on the higher end of years to pay back for solar PV systems, but the District does have a PACE financing program for commercial solar easing the burden with strong lending.
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
There is a network of 45 miles (72 km) dedicated bicycle lanes around Washington, D.C. and there are 1,300 bicycle racks installed on sidewalks all over the city. An estimated 3.3% of the District's residents biked to work in 2010, and by 2008 the city had the sixth-highest percentage of bike commuters in the United States.
Food activism[edit | edit source]
Sharing[edit | edit source]
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]
Coop DC, Building a cooperative network in DC
News and comment[edit | edit source]
This Co-op Gives Formerly Incarcerated People Jobs and Community, Feb 1
Common Good City Farm Brings D.C. Community Together, January 6
Washington, D.C. Unveils an Ambitious New Sustainability Plan, February 21