News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Celebrating a Sustainable DC

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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April 20, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 16

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This week, with Earth Day just a few days away, we released DC's 2017 Sustainable DC Progress Report. Sustainable DC is the District's plan to become the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States in just one generation. Of the plan’s 143 actions, 25 percent are already complete and 72 percent are underway. 

Of course, now, more than ever, it is critical that cities continue to lead the way in fighting climate change and protecting the environment. Luckily, cities are in a great position to do this work - we are able to innovate quickly and put in place policies that take advantage of cutting edge technology. When we find something that works, we can share it with other cities, and collectively, the work of cities around the world can have a tremendous impact on our planet.

I am proud that in Washington, DC we are well on our way to making DC the sustainability capital of the world. Through our Green Bank initiative, we're increasing our investment in clean energy and green infrastructure. We are one of the first cities to attain compliance with the international Compact of Mayors to address climate change. We adopted the Climate Ready DC plan, which outlines 77 actions our city will take - and is taking - to build a stronger, more resilient city. Since the execution of the wind power purchase agreement in 2015, 136,530 MWh of clean electricity has been generated, saving the city nearly one million dollars and avoiding 95,950 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. And we continue to invest in, renovate and modernize DC buildings with the city's sustainability mission in mind. This afternoon, I will help celebrate the completion of renovations at the Channel Square Apartments - renovations that not only included the preservation of 147 affordable housing units, but also the largest private solar project in the city.

Together, we can continue to make DC a greener, more sustainable city. Go to to join the effort. 


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will be hosting two community meetings to discuss upcoming changes at MPD and to answer questions from community members. Learn more HERE

In This Week's Newsletter:

Mayor Bowser on Facebook Live

FB Live


Last week, Mayor Bowser was on Facebook Live answering questions about  “DC Values in Action,” the Mayor's DC Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and Financial Plan. 

Watch the video HERE

AlleyPalooza 5.0



Today, Mayor Bowser and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo kicked off AlleyPalooza 5.0, the first AlleyPalooza to include the creation of green alleys. While renovating eight alleys in all eight wards over eight weeks, DDOT will work in partnership with DC Water to renovate five green alleys through the use of permeable pavement, a Green Infrastructure technique that captures and filters stormwater runoff before it pollutes rivers and streams. 

AlleyPalooza is a multimillion dollar infrastructure campaign to repair or reconstruct 64 alleys in eight wards over eight weeks. Since 2015, Mayor Bowser has invested $175 million in local infrastructure, roads, alleys, and sidewalks, and more than 340 alleys have been improved throughout DC. Residents who want their alleys to be included in future AlleyPalooza renovations are encouraged to report their alley repair service requests to 311. 

Track the daily progress of work on all 64 AlleyPalooza 5.0 sites at and follow @DDOTDC on Twitter for regular updates.

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Register for the 34th Annual DC Senior Games

senior games

There is still time to register for the 34th Annual DC Senior Games! This annual competition brings together seniors from across Washington, DC to participate in athletic activities like basketball, bowling, horseshoe toss, pickleball, softball, swimming, tennis, and track and field

Learn more about and register for the DC Senior Games HERE

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SAVRAA: Expanding Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors


Last week, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Mayor Bowser announced that she has introduced legislation that provides critical treatment, support, and legal assistance for victims of sexual assault. 

The Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Amendment Act of 2017 (SAVRAA) amends the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Act of 2014 to better respond to the complex needs of victims of sexual violence. In addition, the new legislation will expand the pool of advocates available and ensure that every victim who wants an advocate is able to access one.

Learn more HERE

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A District Minute


This week's District Minute features stories about the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Amendment Act of 2017, the Mayor's round table discussion with student journalists, and last week's Ward 4 Community Walk.

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Employment Services, Labor Economist

Job Posting

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides comprehensive employment services to DC residents in order to empower and sustain a diverse workforce.

DOES has an opening for a Labor Economist. This position is responsible for working with a diverse team of technical experts within the Office of Economic Research, Performance and Data Analytics to collect and analyze labor market information. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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