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Your green Washington, DC travel guide for where to find sustainable hotels, eco-friendly attractions, locally sourced food, LEED-certified venues and more

DC Sustainability Guide

The first LEED-Platinum city in the world. The best U.S. city for parks. 140+ miles of bike lanes and paths. Sustainability lives in DC.

Travel can be tough on the environment, but a trip to DC doesn't have to be.

As tourism grows, natural resources decline and climate change continues, it’s essential to find ways to live and travel sustainably. Some hopeful news for travelers is that there are many ways to support that effort in DC, so you can leave the city better than you found it. Whether you’re a leisure traveler, event planner or group tour operator, you can find sustainable businesses for your next trip, as well as useful travel tips. Find out more about the DC Government’s Sustainable DC plan, which aims to make DC the most sustainable city in the nation.

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13 Sustainable Hotels in Washington, DC

Book your stay in the nation’s capital at one of many hotels prioritizing sustainability.

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Top Ways Washington, DC is a Sustainable City

Discover what makes Washington, DC a sustainable destination for your next meeting, convention or event.

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41 Ways Washington, DC Leads in Sustainability

Explore facts about how DC is leading the way in sustainable initiatives and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Department of Energy & Environment

"The District is the first city in the country to establish a Green Bank, which funds projects that expand renewable energy, reduce emissions, and create green jobs. "


"In 2022, Washington, DC was ranked #5 Greenest City in America by WalletHub"

Lauren Parr, vice president of meetings, AGU

"We selected Washington, DC in large part because the city is so walkable and has excellent public transportation. AGU never shuttles for large meetings as it’s a carbon and financial expenditure that we don’t wish to incur, and we had excellent feedback from our attendees on what a great walking city DC is. DC was a great choice for AGU and it’s a great choice for any planner looking to leverage the local transportation options and eliminate shuttles."

More on How Washington, DC Leads on Sustainability Through Equity, Environment & Economy

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