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With the responsibility to acquire the District’s energy supply, a core function of the Sustainability and Energy Division is literally to keep the lights on. Another cornerstone of our strategic mission can be seen in similar terms: Make sure the lights are efficient and keep them on as little as possible.
The Division's goals related to energy are plain: reduce and de-carbonize energy consumption. To that end, the Division is working to dramatically improve the efficiency of building energy usage, employ cutting-edge technology to manage buildings, incentivize occupants to conserve power and seek to acquire commodities in a way that creates minimal exposure to commodity price volatility and de-carbonizes the energy supply.
The District of Columbia’s public facilities have a solid history of efforts in this space. Energy audits have been conducted on the majority of government buildings, investments have been made to retrofit some facilities, and new construction efforts have yielded successes from awarded LEED certifications to a national ‘Green Ribbon School‘ award from the Obama Administration in April 2012.
DGS seeks to build on this foundation and to create a green energy strategy that serves as a national model and beacon for green energy efforts around the world.