One ASLA member recommended organizing “watershed councils” to address stormwater pollution and other environmental concerns within each area. Watersheds will likely cross neighborhood lines, creating an opportunity for ideas exchanges, and community concerns across the socioeconomic spectrum. They will foster a new sense of identity, beyond neighborhood identity, and highlight environmentally co-dependent populations.
Another idea: Create locally appointed ward-level sustainability officers to advocate for sustainable design best practices, work with local BIDs, and aid in the implementation of SustainableDC.
Lastly, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), like LEED, can be adopted by the District government to ensure all man-made landscapes within the city are healthy, regenerative, and don’t create additional waste or pollution. The District government should consider requiring landscapes to meet a minimum of 2-star SITES.