The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) Director, Tommy Wells presented the 2015 District Sustainability Awards to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainability at the award ceremony hosted by the Royal Danish Embassy. The honorees support the goals of the District’s sustainability plan, Sustainable DC, in areas such as energy and water conservation, pollution prevention or reduction, stormwater management practices, green building construction and operation, innovative technology, and sustainable waste management.
“With the historic climate agreement signed in Paris over the weekend, it’s clear that bold action is needed to lower our greenhouse gas emissions nationally. It’s also clear that leadership from local governments and the private sector will be critical to our success,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells. “This year’s District of Columbia Sustainability Award winners are perfect examples of how private sector partners are working with local government to test innovative new concepts and integrate sustainability into everyday operations. They are true leaders in making the District a healthier, greener, more livable city.”
Five awards were given out:
- District Sustainability Award went to: College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science (CAUSES), UDC
- District Sustainability Award was given to: Mess Hall
- District Sustainability Award was given to: Optoro
- District ENERGY STAR™ Award was given to: Generali Real Estate and Cushman & Wakefield
The Danish embassy was presented with the District’s International Partner in Sustainability Award. Over 100 guests attended the ceremony, which has been held annually since 2009.