WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray used his weekly radio address to celebrate Earth Day, and urged residents to join him in building a greener, more sustainable District of Columbia.

In February, Gray released the Plan for a Sustainable DC, a strategic guideline for reaching the city’s sustainability goals. Those goals include creating jobs and growing the District’s economy, improving the health and wellness of residents, ensuring equity and diversity across the city and improving the climate and the environment.

In honor of Earth Day, “a day on which people around the world focus on protecting our environment and conserving the precious air, water and other resources we have been given to ensure that they continue to be available to those who come after us,” according to Gray, some more efforts to make the even District more environmentally-conscious will be announced.

They will include implementing community composting for District businesses, boosting fuel conservation in the Metropolitan Police Department’s cruiser fleet and planting green gardens around the District, Gray said in his address.

“And we are working on other long-term projects that will help us implement the Sustainable DC Plan, including the opening and expansion of our streetcar network, investing millions of dollars to expand our bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, efforts to continue and enhance renewal of our city’s urban tree canopy, and the ongoing restoration of the Anacostia River to turn it back into a healthy, swimmable, fishable waterway.”

Listen to Gray’s weekly radio address in its entirety:

The mayor’s weekly radio address can be heard at 10:05 a.m. every Sunday only on All-News 99.1 WNEW and streamed online.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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