DC Sustainability Guide

A green travel resource for Washington, DC’s sustainable hotels, eco-friendly attractions, locally sourced food and more.

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

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.

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in Washington, DC
How DC Ranks:
1st LEED Platinum City in the World (U.S. Green Building Council, 2017)
#2 U.S. city with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2018)
#3 Greenest City (WalletHub, 2017)
#1 for environmental governance and #8 overall in the U.S. and Canada Green City Index (Siemens Economist Intelligence Unit, 2011)
Sustainability in DC:
7 universities with sustainability courses offered & connections to key policy institutes
35 associations, policy groups & advocacy organizations in the metro area that focus on sustainability
More LEED-certified buildings than any other city in the U.S. (U.S. Green Building Council, 2017)