Sibley Plaza residents accepted a special honor from the D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment for its achievement in that agency’s POWER DOWN DC: A Multifamily Energy and Water Competition. The competition is part of a partnership with the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Healthy and Sustainable Communities initiative.
“For all of you and your leadership, and all of you who participated in POWER DOWN DC, I congratulate you,” DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman said as she presented the award to Sibley Plaza Resident Council President Anne Clark. “You all won for your hard work in reducing the overall electricity consumption in a family property.”
Clark, along with other resident council members and management representatives, accepted the award at the monthly council meeting on February 22.
“All of us have worked hard to make this successful,” she said. “And we will be carrying it forward!”
POWER DOWN DC is a voluntary building-to-building education series and utility reduction competition for apartment buildings in the District. Two cohorts of properties representing seven buildings and more than 900 households participated in POWER DOWN DC pilot project in 2016. DCHA had its own cohort with three participating properties.
The program encouraged behavior changes through education, group and individual activities, and regular reminders about how to conserve energy and water.
Sibley Plaza won for its level of overall electricity reduction. Greenleaf Family received an award for outstanding participation. Langston Terrace received an honorable mention. All three properties piloted the DCHA Healthy and Sustainable Communities initiative. Educational materials for residents and staff were developed as part of DCHA’s commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge for Multifamily Partners, supported by Enterprise Community Partners, Group 14 Engineering, in partnership with DOEE. The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks building owners and managers to make a commitment to improving the energy and water efficiency of their building portfolios by 20 percent over 10 years and to share their annual progress and lessons learned with the public.
POWER DOWN DC, a pilot program funded by DOEE through a Green Building Fund grant, engaged residents and building staff to conserve resources, achieve measurable reductions in energy and water use, and foster a culture of conservation in multifamily residential rental units in the District. Materials from the pilot program will soon be available on the DOEE and Sustainable DC websites.