The DGS Sustainability and Energy Division (DGS-SE) is responsible for managing the expenditures and sustainable consumption of a wide range of commodities and resources used in the construction, operation, and maintenance of the District’s real estate portfolio. The DGS portfolio provides workspace to 77 agencies, serves more than 100,000 occupants each weekday, and is composed of 33 million square feet of space across over 400 buildings. DGS-SE program areas include data, technology, and education; climate and energy; water and stormwater; waste, recycling, and composting; and health, safety, and high performance design and operation.
DGS-SE has three core objectives:
1. Limit portfolio resource consumption and environmental impacts
2. Deliver cost savings to District taxpayers and agencies
3. Increase digital control and system knowledge of building portfolio
The work of DGS-SE also supports citywide climate and sustainability goals, such as:
Carbon Neutral and Climate-Resilient DC by 2050: In December 2017, Mayor Bowser pledged to make Washington, DC carbon-neutral and climate resilient by 2050.
Sustainable DC targets: The Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan (SDC) was released in 2012 with the intention of guiding our city to be the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation. An updated plan (Sustainable DC 2.0) is expected to be released in summer 2018. The current SDC Plan includes the following targets:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2032
- Increase the use of renewable energy to make up 50% of the District’s energy supply
- Cut citywide energy use by 50%
DGS-SE is taking concrete and bold steps, primarily through utility purchasing and energy efficiency strategies, to move the city closer to achieving the Mayor’s ambitious goals. Our work saves taxpayer dollars and boosts the local green economy.