Dumbarton House has received a 2013 Mayor’s Sustainability Award for its efforts to preserve and conserve valuable environmental resources, becoming the first museum in the District of Columbia to receive the award. Dumbarton House and the eight other recipients were honored at an awards ceremony attended by Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, and other dignitaries on Thursday, July 25.
In addition to its inherently sustainable mission of preserving the nation’s history and heritage, Dumbarton House was selected for the award thanks to its green practices both large and small. Dumbarton House purchases 100% wind power for its electricity usage, enough to power 15 homes for a year and equivalent to offsetting over 100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, the historic house has reduced its carbon footprint with the purchase of 100% CleanSteps carbon offsets from Washington Gas Energy Services, saving six cents per thermal unit used. Smaller scale green practices include recycling paper, packing materials, and other supplies, and the use of compact fluorescent lighting.
The Mayor’s Sustainability Awards, formerly the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, have been awarded annually for the last 4 years to outstanding businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation.
For more information on Dumbarton House’s green practices, please visit our Sustainability page.