5 Ways to Reduce Emissions in The District this Earth Day

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Here are 5 simple ways to reduce CO2 emissions in your household this Earth Day.

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Earth Day serves as a reminder of the beauty and fragility of our planet. In the District, the day takes on a special significance, offering a myriad of ways for locals and visitors alike to celebrate the planet we call home. Here are five unique ways to celebrate Earth Day in the nation's capital:

Buy green power.

Residents of DC can buy electricity from sources like wind, solar, low-impact biomass, geothermal, and low-impact hydro. Signing up is easy, and the environmental advantages are enduring. Click here to discover Green Power providers in The District.

Choose ENERGY STAR Approved Appliances when making home upgrades.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of plant life at the U.S. Botanic Garden. With a commitment to demonstrating the importance of plants to the well-being of humans and the planet, a visit here is both educational and inspiring. The garden hosts special Earth Day workshops and tours that highlight sustainable gardening practices and the role of plants in ecological balance. It's a serene way to connect with nature right in the heart of the city.

Make the switch to solar energy.

Did you know the District is one of the best places to go solar in the country? With clean energy being a top priority for DC, the DCSEU is helping income-qualified residents gain access to solar at no cost through the Solar for All program.

Not income-qualified? Find out more about the different ways you can go solar in DC.

Cycle or walk around the city.

In honor of Earth Day, make a conscious decision to reduce your carbon footprint by cycling or walking around the city. DC boasts an extensive network of bike lanes and scenic walking paths, including the Capital Crescent Trail and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Not only is this a healthy way to explore the city, but it also lessens traffic congestion and air pollution, embodying the spirit of Earth Day.

Support local, sustainable businesses.

Spend Earth Day supporting local businesses that prioritize sustainability. Many restaurants and shops in DC are dedicated to practices that reduce environmental impact, such as sourcing locally grown produce, minimizing waste, and using eco-friendly packaging. By choosing to patronize these establishments, you're contributing to a greener economy and encouraging more businesses to adopt sustainable practices.


Earth Day in the District offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the planet in a city that is a leader on sustainable energy across the nation. Whether it's through making energy efficient purchasing decisions, learning about plants, purchasing green power, reducing your carbon footprint, or supporting sustainable businesses, there are countless ways to honor Earth Day. Let's take these actions beyond just one day and make every day an opportunity to care for our planet.

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