Photo by James Jordan.

The DC Council wants your bold ideas for greening the District of Columbia. On Friday, July 10th, Councilmember Mary Cheh’s Committee on Government Operations and the Environment and GW’s Office of Sustainability are hosing a “Policy Greenhouse” where ten people get to present their 5-minute big ideas.

The ideas need not be quick fixes, they emphasize, but rather ideas that would have a significant impact on the environment or introduce significant innovation. The site lists congestion pricing, vertical farming, “expanded retro-commissioning” (I’m not sure what that is), requiring carbon neutrality for public buildings, or “cool cars” that reflect solar energy as examples of the kinds of ideas.

What are your ideas? Let’s brainstorm some to submit. What bold change would really improve our environmental sustainability in a way that’s positive for all?

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle.