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about the green dashboard

Welcome to the District of Columbia's Green Dashboard!

The Green Dashboard (Beta) is a tool designed to make sustainability data--largely environmentally sustainability data at this point--more readily available to the community, and ultimately to encourage the District to become a more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable city. While parts of the Dashboard were conceptualized before the Sustainable DC Plan was created (which is one reason the categories don't neatly align), the Dashboard will serve as an important tool for the District community to see the impressive strides we are making in areas like stormwater management and renewable energy purchasing, as well as those areas in which improvement may be needed. The Dashboard offers data and related information for six categories: Air and Climate, Energy and Buildings, Nature, Transportation, Waste and Recycling, and Water Quality. Each category is composed of measurable indicators that offer insight as to how the District is performing in that particular category. The data for each indicator are displayed graphically, and will be updated on a regular basis so that you may track our progress. This data may be easily downloaded, exported, or printed for your convenience. In addition to the data, each indicator page has written text to explain how the indicator is measured as well as what the measurements mean.

The Dashboard also serves as a warehouse of data on the current condition of the District of Columbia as we continue with the Sustainable DC planning process. These data will help inform planners, working groups, and the whole community about areas the District must focus on for improvement and in which areas the District is already a national leader.

This beta version of the Dashboard is a first attempt to make data available and provide some context for their importance and significance. The indicators were selected based on input from issue experts from within and outside of the District Department of the Environment, best practices from other cities, and, of course, the availability of data.  It is recognized it is an imperfect tool with room for improvement. We expect the Dashboard will continue to evolve in the coming months and years as District priorities shift and new indicators are needed to reflect these changes.

We hope you enjoy exploring the Dashboard, and we welcome your comments as the Dashboard grows and develops moving forward.

Disclaimer: Please note that the “Other Links” provided at the bottom of each indicator page are external to DDOE’s Green Dashboard. DDOE cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by linked sites. Linking to a website does not constitute an endorsement of any kind by DDOE, the District of Columbia, or any of its employees. All images and photographs are the property of the credited artist. All efforts were made to properly credit images; however, should improperly credited images exist, please email Dan Guilbeault at