Achieving Environmental Justice

At the base of our global commitment to protect the environment and reverse the harmful effects of climate change must lie decisive action at the local level. 

Since being elected to the Council in 2012, At-Large Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has been a vocal proponent of making the District of Columbia a leading city in the fight against environmental injustice. He has unabashedly supported policies and secured budget funding year after year to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage and incentivize the use of renewable energy resources. 

Councilmember McDuffie is also concerned with addressing the inequities and disparities that disproportionately face communities of color, such as rising food and energy costs, air pollution, and the cleanliness of our local waterways.

Legislative Record:

  • Establishing DC’s first ambient air quality and air pollution program at the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).
  • Securing additional funding to hire inspectors within the Office of the Attorney General to refer air quality violations and other findings.
  • Helping shepherd the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act into law, lowering costs for low-income families to become more energy efficient and helping local businesses and employees companies prepare to compete for clean energy contracts.