The State of Environment in Our Nation's Capital: Sustainability Issues and Initiatives in Our Nation's Capital

On Thursday, February 14, we hosted an event to discuss sustainability initiatives in DC. The event featured a keynote address from DC City Councilwoman Mary Cheh. Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion featuring Brendan Shane (Chief of Staff, Office of Policy and Sustainability, DC Department of the Environment), Chris Weiss (Executive Director, DC Environmental Network), Gary Belan (Director of Clean Water Programs, American Rivers), and Josh Lasky (Office of Sustainability, University of the District of Columbia). Professor Amanda Leiter moderated the event. Read about the event in our Recent News section. Below are pictures from the event.




Professor Amanda Leiter opens the event by introducing Mary Cheh








Left and Below: Approximately 50 people, including WCL professors, staff, students, and alumni and members of the DC environmental community attended this discussion.











DC City Councilwoman Mary Cheh opens the event with a keynote address on the Sustainable DC Act and other sustainability initiatives in Washington, DC.









Above, following her keynote, Mary Cheh answers audience questions.



Right: Brendan Shane, Chief of Staff, Office of Policy and Sustainability, DC Department of the Environment, discusses DC's sustainability initiatives and how its striving to be one of the greenest cities in the nation.







Left: Chris Weiss, Executive Director of the DC Environment Network, calls on the DC government to do more to improve the environment in our nation's capital.














Right: Gary Belan, Director of Clean Water Programs at American Rivers, discusses how to improve the health of the rivers in DC and how stormwater initiatives could make the Anacostia and Potomac fishable and swimmable.




Left: Josh Lasky, Office of Sustainability at the University of the District of Columbia, discusses the pledge all DC universities made to improve campus sustainability, and the role that universities can play in making DC more sustainable and in educating people to make changes to be more green.





Right: Professor Amanda Cohen Leiter moderates a question and answer session following the panelists presentations.





Attendees, including interested community members, environmental lawyers, and AUWCL alumni, pose questions to the panelists.





Panelists end the event by fielding questions from the attendees.