DC’s Shelters Are Going Green – and Improving Conditions for Residents


The DCSEU was recently featured in MidCity DC, highlighting a project completed at Emery Shelter in partnership with the District Department of General Services and the Department of Human Services:

Whether you’re a fan of Mayor Muriel Bowser or not, you can’t deny that her administration is taking climate change seriously and working to reduce the District’s carbon footprint. Now this greening effort is moving into DC’s shelters. These facilities are being upgraded to be more energy efficient, provide a healthier environment for residents and save taxpayer money.

In late October, DC’s Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Human Services (DHS) and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) announced the completion of an energy efficiency upgrade at the Emery Shelter on Lincoln Road NE. The shelter provides housing for up to 100 homeless men who are employed or in job training.

According to Ted Trabue, managing director of the DCSEU, “With these upgrades, Emery’s hallways are lit with bright light-emitting diode (LED) lights. New energy-efficient air-conditioners will provide cool air during the summer months while a new boiler will provide heat in the winter. We’ve also replaced water heaters with more energy efficient models.”

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