The mission of dc greenworks is to grow livable communities using living materials.
Our programs—rainwater conservation and re-use, green job training, urban agriculture, and education and public leadership—create an inclusive, multidimensional system that taps into the rich resources, potential, and needs of the DC community, and their neighborhoods. Our programs reduce the amount of rainwater that reaches our local waterways during each storm, filtering the water, preventing combined sewer overflows and making our communities and rivers safer and healthier.
Founded in 1994, dc greenworks (dcg) is the Washington Metropolitan Area’s preeminent green roof advocate and educator, as well as a one-stop shop for low impact development consultation, design and installation. Since 2003, we have installed over 90,000 square feet of green roofing in the Metro Area and trained more than 500 people in green roof installation techniques. Through the District Department of the Environment’s RiverSmart Homes program, dcg has installed more than 1,250 rain barrels since 2009. We have also worked with area schools and universities, making educational presentations on a variety of topics, designing and installing green roofs, rain gardens, and vegetable gardens.
We see a vital connection between ecology and economy, between employment potential and environmental sustainability. We actively seek to discover, promote, and deliver cutting-edge solutions that are cost-effective, eco-friendly, and socially beneficial.
Entrepreneurial in our approach, we work hand-in-hand with community leaders, inner-city residents, neighborhood organizations and small businesses to leverage grassroots participation and bring about creative solutions that redress the effects of pollution and create a higher quality of life for residents. As an advocate for the environment, we believe in strengthening communities through knowledge and hands-on discovery and participation. Our hope is to make DC’s ecology and environment accessible and relevant, bridging diverse peoples and communities.
dcg recognizes that we are affected and changed by our environment as much as we affect and change it. Our goal is to create communities of awareness—to get local citizens actively and intimately involved with their surroundings, but also with themselves and with each other. As facilitators of change, dcg seeks to cultivate a “culture of stewardship” that demystifies the environment, breaks people out of their comfort zones, and strengthens communities block by block. To bring about this cultural change, dcg utilizes an interactive teaching and modeling approach that is engaging and meaningful.