C100 Comments on Plan for Southwest Ecodistrict

Richard Houghton & Monte Edwards

The SW Ecodistrict Plan (SWE Plan) put forward by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) envisions a high performance environmental showcase, with state-of-the-art energy efficiency, green roofs, waste and storm water management and other sustainability initiatives within the context of the L’Enfant grid, restored vistas and a more walkable, vibrant and programmatically diverse 24-7 neighborhood. The Committee of 100 encourages these goals and objectives, applauds the guiding document that has been produced and recognizes that considerably more work is needed to move the vision to reality. The Committee also suggests that flexibility and adaptability will be essential in the future, as sustainable technologies evolve over an optimistic 20 to 25 year—or longer—build out.