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Mayor Williams Expresses Support for Department of the Environment
(Washington, DC) At a press conference kicking off GreenDC Week, Mayor Anthony A. Williams today announced his support for the creation of a stand-alone Department of the Environment for the District.
"It's time that the Nation's Capital has a Department of the Environment to help ensure that our natural environment is clean and healthy for our residents and for the millions of visitors we host every year," said Mayor Williams. "A new department would enable us to focus our efforts on critical issues such improving the city's air quality, cleaning up our local rivers and streams and developing our parks and open spaces."
Mayor Williams also pledged his support for ensuring that all new DC government buildings - including the new baseball stadium - are environmentally healthy and clean. And, he called upon private sector employers to help make the District a "green city" by cutting in half the paper they use, committing to follow the District's commercial recycling laws and reducing water usage.
In honor of Earth Day, Mayor Williams also planted a willow oak in front of the John A. Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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