Fenty Outlines 'Green Agenda' for the District

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 21, 2009; 12:16 PM

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty this morning announced a "Green Agenda" for the District, pledging to make the city more environmentally friendly by making its buildings more energy-efficient, its streams cleaner and its residents more likely to travel by bike.

The agenda, announced this morning at an elementary school in Northeast, also includes a pledge to increase the District's tree cover. Today, 34.8 percent of the city is under a canopy of trees, officials said. Fenty (D) wants to make it 40 percent.

An aide said that Fenty's plan was patterned after New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's "PlaNYC" initiative.

Bloomberg's plan, announced on Earth Day 2007, called for sweeping changes to New York's landscape, including new parks and subway infrastructure, and a fee on cars entering a large section of Manhattan.

Fenty's plan calls for several changes in city policies, including:

-- New residential building codes, effective next January, that will increase energy efficiency in buildings by 30 percent.

-- Installation of "rain gardens" or other projects to filter storm water runoff at five schools per year.

-- Expansion of the "SmartBike DC" cycle-rental program to 100 stations, with 1,000 bicycles.

-- Cleaning up tributaries of the Anacostia River, including Watts Branch, Pope Branch, Hickey Run, Nash Run and Oxon Run.

More details about the plan can be found online.

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