Councilmember Cheh has moved major environmental legislation on topics such as pesticide protection, energy that large retailers put on the District’s power grid, and Anacostia storm water control.
In 2012, the District was recognized several times for our green accomplishments. We are No. 1 in LEED registered and certified buildings, No. 2 in the nation on installed green roofs, and No. 2 in the nation in US EPA energy star rated buildings, as well as No. 2 in weekly transit ridership. These accomplishments could not have been possible without the Clean and Affordable Energy Act, among other bills championed by Councilmember Cheh.
The Clean and Affordable Energy Act
- Increased the renewable energy portfolio standard
- Established benchmarking requirements for commercial buildings in the District
- Created the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), which will reduce energy use and create jobs
The Energy Efficiency Financing Act
- Created the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program
- PACE is an innovative program designed to allow property owners to make energy efficient investments in their properties through a loan from a municipal financing district. The property owners then repay the loan through property taxes over a number of years.
The Brownfield Revitalization Amendment Act
- Empowered the District government to compel polluters to pay for hazardous waste contamination.
The Distributed Generation Amendment Act
- Increased the percentage of solar energy required to be used by the District
- Ensured that solar energy by the District is produced in areas that benefit the local grid
The Human and Environmental Health Amendment Act
- Prohibits the use of BPA in food containers designed for children under 4
- Phases out perchloroethylene (PERC) at District dry cleaners
- Restricts PBDEs in many consumer products