Anacostia Waterfront reflects green changes in DC

The environment has shifted the focus of many American consumers, and companies across the country have taken notice. Retailers now sell eco-friendly items such as energy efficient home supplies, insulation and light bulbs to help homeowners save money while going green. These changes are reflected in some of the homes for sale in Washington, DC.

Mayor Vincent Gray has promoted sustainability in the district's neighborhoods and suburbs, and many residents are taking notice. He is encouraging a high quality of life and a clean environment for residents and visitors, which is reflected in the district's Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Bridge project.

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is one of many green projects being completed in the district. Located behind the Washington Navy Yard, residents can take a walk or a bike ride along the 20-mile continuous trail, which is open from Benning Road to the 11th Street bridges on the north side of the river. The trail is 10 to 12 feet wide, and thanks to the completion of the connection between Yards Park and Diamond Teague Park in November 2011, it includes one continuous mile of riverwalk trail open to the public in the Capitol Riverfront.

Sustainable DC unveiled the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Bridge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 24, 2012. According to a District of Columbia press release, this project perfectly exemplifies Gray's vision bring people together as they promote green initiatives. 

"To reach our goals, we need to think big and build big - like this amazing new bridge that provides better, safer access for recreation, a healthy alternative for commuters and access to the natural resources of the Anacostia River," Gray said.

The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative
The Anacostia Waterfront is one of many reasons why DC is quickly becoming an attractive option for new residents. With the Anacostia Waterfront Development Plan, local officials have taken green initiatives further than ever before, enhancing the economy with sustainable actions.

Officials embarked on a proactive campaign toward sustainability in the community with the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. This was launched March 22, 2000, as over $8 billion was invested by federal and private agencies. Local officials set ambitious environmental goals, including increasing all types of maritime activity, creating guidelines and standards for sustainable development. Twelve years later, residents and visitors have seen improvements that have helped enhance the beauty of the region and its economy.

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Bridge is only one of several changes from this initiative. Local officials strive to create new parks along with a number of innovative cultural, commercial, recreational and residential centers throughout the district. Come to DC as it develops into a highly sustainable community.