WASHINGTON D.C. 2018-09-13T18:50:07+00:00

Project Description

GET INVOLVED IN WASHINGTON D.C.

LOCAL CONTEXT

By implementing the Sustainable DC Plan, we are working over the next 20 years to transform  the District of Columbia into the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the United States. An international destination for people and investment, the District will be a model of innovative policies and practices that improve quality of life and economic opportunity. Through the Sustainable DC Plan, we are demonstrating how enhancing our natural and built environments, investing in a diverse clean economy, and reducing disparities among residents can create an educated, equitable, and prosperous society. Goals include:

  • Food: Bring locally-grown food within a quarter mile of 75% of the population
  • Climate: Cut citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 50%
  • Jobs: Increase by 5 times the number of jobs providing green goods, services, fair wages and working conditions
  • Health: Cut citywide obesity rate by 50%

We believe that by bringing the GFPP to DC, we can address these goals and continue to elevate the importance of a more just food system in the nation’s capital.

HIGHLIGHTS

Since January 2016, over 20 stakeholder organizations have come together to discuss the Good Food Purchasing Program and how we might apply the standards to DC’s unique context.

DC Public Schools has led the way by adopting the Good Food Purchasing Program for their 114 schools. They are currently embarking on the baseline assessment to see how their current food purchases align with the GFPP standards and will develop a multi-year action plan with support from the coalition to continue to improve their procurement.

The DC Coalition has also working to incorporate GFPP into the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2017, a local law that addresses health and wellness across all DC Public Schools. The GFPP is also a priority for the DC Food Policy Council who is exploring passage of a city-wide policy as well as elevating the program in other local policies.

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED

Lead Organization:

Local Coalition:

  • 4P Foods
  • Animal Welfare Institute
  • ASPCA
  • Center for Food Safety
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Community Foodworks
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • DC Food Policy Council
  • DCPS Food and Nutrition Services
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Farm Forward
  • Food Chain Workers Alliance
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Health Care Without Harm
  • Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Metropolitan Council of Governments
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Office of Planning
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Teamsters Union
  • The Common Market
  • The Green Scheme
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Food & Commercial Workers Union