Why Take the Pledge?


Global warming is already changing the world we live in. 2019 was the second hottest year on record. Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity is one contributor of the greenhouse gas emissions that causes climate change. In July 2019, DC consumed more than 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, translating to more than 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), equivalent to the emissions of more than 170,000 cars on the road for a year.

DC is committed to fighting climate change and has plans in place for climate adaptation and preparedness. The District has one of the most ambitious climate plans in the United States, including transitioning to 100% renewable electricity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2032. See brief timeline below guiding energy policy.

Save more than money by joining your neighbors in July 2020 to help meet DC’s climate goals. We can all help! Together, we can make a difference if we all act to reduce energy use. Even if you are unable to save a significant percentage of your energy use, reducing your energy use can save money and help combat climate change. Reduce Energy Use DC brings together the DC community to raise awareness of how our actions can save more than money.

Timeline on Guiding District of Columbia Energy Policy

  • August 2018

    District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) finalizes the Clean Energy DC Plan

  • December 2018

    Council of the District of Columbia has final vote approving the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 

  • January 2019

    Mayor Bowser signs the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, codifying the District as the nation's preeminent leader in clean energy and climate action 

  • September 2019

    Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passes the “District of Columbia Energy Efficiency Day Recognition Resolution of 2019”

  • October 2019

    Mayor Bowser recognizes October 2nd as Energy Efficiency Day via Mayoral Proclamation


Environmental, business, and community groups have come together to host the pledge.

Founding Organizations

District Department of Energy and Environment
DC Sustainable Energy Utility

Advisory Organizations

Natural Resources Defense Council

Partner Organizations

Advanced Energy Economy
Alliance to Save Energy
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
American Lung Association in DC
DC Building Industry Association
DC Chamber of Commerce
Federal City Council
The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science
Greater Washington Board of Trade
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Washington Urban League
M.J. Bradley & Associates
National Housing Trust
Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington
Think Local First!
The NEED Project
United Way of the National Capital Area