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AGU Receives Clean Energy DC Award
April 25, 2019

The Washington, DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) has announced the selection of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a not-for-profit scientific society dedicated to advancing Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity, to be the first-ever recipient of the new Clean Energy DC Award. The award was presented at the District’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony on April 17, 2019, and honors AGU’s commitment to sustainability through its headquarters building renovation, the first net zero energy commercial renovation in Washington, DC.

“The AGU community is incredibly grateful to receive this recognition from the DC Department of Energy and Environment and its director, Tommy Wells,” said AGU Executive Director and CEO Chris McEntee. “AGU has appreciated our partnership with the District and its agencies to explore strategies to realize our net zero energy goals. AGU aspires to lead and serve as an example to others in how to implement sustainable solutions and technologies in their own building or renovation projects, and this award demonstrates the impact our building has already had in the community.”

The Clean Energy DC Award was the newest award presented at the District’s Sustainability Awards event. DOEE recognizes nonprofit and educational organizations, as well as private sector businesses, that support DC’s sustainability goals, including energy and water conservation, green building and construction, solar energy production, stormwater management, and sustainable waste management. Many of these goals are accomplished through AGU’s innovative use of technologies and their synergies to reduce the building’s carbon footprint and achieve net zero energy.

“I’m proud to honor these seven awardees, each of whom is playing an important role in the District’s ongoing efforts to address the impacts of climate change,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells. “Their commitments underscore that what’s good for the environment is good for the economy and the community, and they exemplify why DC continues to be positioned as a leader in clean energy and urban sustainability. On the heels of Mayor Bowser signing the Clean Energy DC Act, one of the nation’s most aggressive and comprehensive climate laws, we are delighted to recognize the American Geophysical Union as the inaugural winner of the Clean Energy DC award.”

A recent DOEE report concluded that buildings are responsible for 74 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the District. When AGU decided to renovate its headquarters building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, it underwent a significant transformation in order to reduce its carbon footprint. By relying on solar panels to generate power on-site, a first-in-DC municipal sewer heat exchange to heat and cool the building, a green wall to improve indoor air quality, as well as other key strategies, AGU aims to demonstrate that a building located on a tight urban footprint can meet net zero energy goals.

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