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Washington DC 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Summary
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The nation's capital has built a path towards greener living and meeting with more LEED-certified buildings than any other city in the U.S. and an accessible environment where every government building is powered by renewable energy. The Clean Energy DC Act, passed in December 2018, is the nation’s first 100 percent renewable energy bill and the most aggressive, fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country. DC has become a leader in sustainability, helping its businesses reduce their carbon footprints and sharing a common vision for a sustainable planet. Destination DC provides its 1,000+ members, including restaurants and caterers, marketing tools to promote their businesses and the member controls those messages. A restaurant or caterer can use it’s washington.org pages to feature it’s sustainable food and products and can leverage Destination DC’s social media channels to amplify that message. In addition, Destination DC’s marketing and feature content includes
Washington, DC’s LEED Platinum certification recognizes the city’s leadership in creating a sustainable and resilient environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation and focusing on livability in all eight wards. Over the past two and a half years, Mayor Bowser’s administration has released Climate Ready DC, which was entered into one of the largest municipal onsite solar projects in the U.S.; launched Sustainable DC 2.0, and, most recently, signed the Clean Energy DC Act in December 2018, the nation’s first 100 percent renewable energy bill and the most aggressive, fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country. With 40-plus hotels within walking distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the ease of commuting within the nation's capital is a key benefit for business travelers. DC sets the scene for sustainable commuting. In fact, 58 percent of commuter trips in DC are by bike, walking or public transit and the DC Government is 100 percent powered by renewable energy, according to USGBC. Washington, DC has taken many steps to reducing consumption, reusing materials and recycling eligible waste throughout the city. In January 2010, the District encouraged residents to use reusable bags by implementing a five-cent charge for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag purchased at a business selling food or alcohol. The majority of the proceeds from the carryout bag fee go into the new Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund.
Destination DC trains new employees on sustainability strategy as part of its orientation program when onboarding new staff and has introduced its sustainability initiative to the community through a monthly directors meeting, beginning in 2020. The tourism bureau also introduced a sustainability white paper for the city that the DDC team regularly promotes among the meetings and event organizer community. The white paper is a comprehensive report outlining the sustainability ecosystem that exists in our DC metro region. While not a training program per say, Destination DC uses it as a guideline and resource for meeting planners and event organizers to help create green meetings: https://washington.org/meetings/sustainable-meetings-conventions-washington-dc
Destination DC provides their clients with the Sustainability white paper (https://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=589658&pre=1#{%22issue_id%22:589658,%22numpages%22:1,%22page%22:1}) to help educate and guide their experience in the city. The destination’s sustainability landing page (https://washington.org/sustainability) serves as a sustainable travel guide for green travelers, groups and meeting and event planners in Washington, DC. It includes a link to the city government’s Sustainable DC program, which sets the strategy for the city’s sustainability strategy. It also includes sustainable suppliers (hotels, restaurants and attractions) for leisure travelers, as well as sustainable suppliers (venues, transportation, group dining options, catering) for meeting planners. In addition, Destination DC supports the PCMA Foundation Giving Good Initiative where the organization promotes corporate social responsibility and provides ideas for meeting and event planners to access organizations that support local social programming: http://givinggood.com/washington-dc/.
Summary
The nation's capital has built a path towards greener living and meeting with more LEED-certified buildings than any other city in the U.S. and an accessible environment where every government building is powered by renewable energy. The Clean Energy DC Act, passed in December 2018, is the nation’s first 100 percent renewable energy bill and the most aggressive, fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country. DC has become a leader in sustainability, helping its businesses reduce their carbon footprints and sharing a common vision for a sustainable planet. Destination DC provides its 1,000+ members, including restaurants and caterers, marketing tools to promote their businesses and the member controls those messages. A restaurant or caterer can use it’s washington.org pages to feature it’s sustainable food and products and can leverage Destination DC’s social media channels to amplify that message. In addition, Destination DC’s marketing and feature content includes
Does Destination DC have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Washington DC have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Destination DC report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Washington, DC’s LEED Platinum certification recognizes the city’s leadership in creating a sustainable and resilient environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation and focusing on livability in all eight wards. Over the past two and a half years, Mayor Bowser’s administration has released Climate Ready DC, which was entered into one of the largest municipal onsite solar projects in the U.S.; launched Sustainable DC 2.0, and, most recently, signed the Clean Energy DC Act in December 2018, the nation’s first 100 percent renewable energy bill and the most aggressive, fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country. With 40-plus hotels within walking distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the ease of commuting within the nation's capital is a key benefit for business travelers. DC sets the scene for sustainable commuting. In fact, 58 percent of commuter trips in DC are by bike, walking or public transit and the DC Government is 100 percent powered by renewable energy, according to USGBC. Washington, DC has taken many steps to reducing consumption, reusing materials and recycling eligible waste throughout the city. In January 2010, the District encouraged residents to use reusable bags by implementing a five-cent charge for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag purchased at a business selling food or alcohol. The majority of the proceeds from the carryout bag fee go into the new Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
468 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Destination DC trains new employees on sustainability strategy as part of its orientation program when onboarding new staff and has introduced its sustainability initiative to the community through a monthly directors meeting, beginning in 2020. The tourism bureau also introduced a sustainability white paper for the city that the DDC team regularly promotes among the meetings and event organizer community. The white paper is a comprehensive report outlining the sustainability ecosystem that exists in our DC metro region. While not a training program per say, Destination DC uses it as a guideline and resource for meeting planners and event organizers to help create green meetings: https://washington.org/meetings/sustainable-meetings-conventions-washington-dc
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Destination DC provides their clients with the Sustainability white paper (https://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=589658&pre=1#{%22issue_id%22:589658,%22numpages%22:1,%22page%22:1}) to help educate and guide their experience in the city. The destination’s sustainability landing page (https://washington.org/sustainability) serves as a sustainable travel guide for green travelers, groups and meeting and event planners in Washington, DC. It includes a link to the city government’s Sustainable DC program, which sets the strategy for the city’s sustainability strategy. It also includes sustainable suppliers (hotels, restaurants and attractions) for leisure travelers, as well as sustainable suppliers (venues, transportation, group dining options, catering) for meeting planners. In addition, Destination DC supports the PCMA Foundation Giving Good Initiative where the organization promotes corporate social responsibility and provides ideas for meeting and event planners to access organizations that support local social programming: http://givinggood.com/washington-dc/.
75
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
84
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
71
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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About the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM) brings together the sustainability pioneers of the business and leisure tourism world, working with destinations to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance and transform value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

Our purpose is to engage, inspire and enable the business events and tourism industry to become more sustainable and regenerative.

 

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