Grants for The District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment aim to strengthen the future resilience of the city.

Process and specifics:
By partnering with DC-based engineering, planning and historical specialists we’ve built strong interdisciplinary teams to provide smart solutions for sites across the city. We’re also creating building data sets and case studies to further make the case for sustainable planning and high performance building design.

Sustainable Development and Planning Grant

This grant aims to further the role that the District government can play in the evolution of real estate development practices by testing sustainability strategies and by creating replicable economic evaluation tools. Our team has been tasked with analyzing the two campus sites along the Anacostia River. For the first site, the team created a micro-grid in which the capacity of the mechanical systems would be shared with the adjacent, affordable housing parcel. The second site’s masterplan includes tracking flood data; creating a 70 acre urban park; laying out all new infrastructure to support 4 million square feet of development; and developing a framework for ensuring that this new neighborhood will meet Living Building Challenge requirements. The grant team includes IBC Engineering, Skanska, Mi Casa, and Greening Urban.

Kingman & Heritage Islands Planning and Feasibility Study

In 1999, Kingman and Heritage Islands were transferred to the District of Columbia with the intent that their use be focused on children. HCA, with its partners, created a plan to immediately enhance the Islands as a resource as an educational and recreational asset for children and residents of the District. The team proposed a series of outdoor classrooms and a ranger station. The team partnered with non-profits already working on the island to ensure that the design was beautiful, engaging, functional and affordable. The team for this grant includes Oehme Van Sweden, Real School Gardens, Anacostia Watershed Trust, Environmental Leadership Strategies, Skanska, Greening Urban, and Living Classrooms Foundation.

Kingman & Heritage Islands

Kingman & Heritage Islands masterplan



See the Feasibility Study on DOEE’s website.
Read more
about the history of Kingman Island as experienced by two community advocates.

Green Case Studies and Historic Preservation Guidelines

For this grant our team will produce green building case studies and draft guidelines for incorporating sustainable technology into historic structures and buildings within historic neighborhoods. This grant will augment the efforts by DOEE to make Washington, DC the most sustainable and resilient city in the country within a generation. It does so by collecting much needed data about green buildings and by setting forth parameters for renovating historic structures to the highest level of sustainability possible. The team for this grant includes DPR Construction, RCLCO, Traceries and Simpson Gumpertz and Heger.

Read a draft of the Sustainability Guide for Existing and Historic Properties on DC’s Office of Planning website. Below is an example of the guidelines for green roof visibility.Historic Preservation Guidelines

For more information please contact Melanie De Cola.

Research team: Holly Lennihan, Lindsey FalascaGuil Almeida, Stefano Sani, Sean McTaggart, and Melanie De Cola