[Mintwood-place] My Committee Work
grahamwone at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 14:39:48 PST 2009
Thanks to Chairman Gray, I will again chair the Council Committee on Public
Works and Transportation.
Our committee oversees the following agencies: Department of Public Works,
Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Alcoholic
Beverage Regulation Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
Authority, D.C. Taxicab Commission, Water and Sewer Authority, Soil and
Water Conservation District, Bicycle Advisory Council, Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Commission.
Also, it is anticipated that I will become Chairman of the Metro/WMATA board
this month. Considering the time demand of this position, I will no longer
have oversight of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).
However, I am proud of what we achieved on environmental issues, all in just
the past two years. Working with a broad array of advocates, I authored
some of the most progressive environmental laws in the country.
- *Green Buildings*- The law requires new D.C. owned buildings and
private construction projects to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) certified. This creates incentives for developers and
construction companies to embrace environmentally friendly building
practices. It also creates regulations to require environmentally
friendly construction in the future, reducing the negative impact on the
- *Lead Paint Hazards*- The law requires landlords to clear lead paint
hazards before renting to families with children or pregnant women. This
bill is similar to the first bill I introduced as a new Councilmember in
1999. It has been praised by public health advocates locally and
- *Stormwater Management*- I authored laws that changed the way both
DCWASA and DDOE assess rates and fees. Both are directed to have a fee
structure based on the amount of impervious surfaces. This directs both
agencies to target properties – including those owned by the federal
government – that contribute most to stormwater pollution. Property
owners receive incentives and grants to use environmentally friendly
building practices. The laws have been hailed as a model for other local
- *Clean Cars*- Beginning in model year 2011, cars must meet lower
guidelines for emissions to reduce pollution. This aligns the District
with California, which has the strictest laws in the country.
Councilmember Jim Graham
I typically answer emails before 9 AM on weekdays. If you email me after
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a need to communicate prior to that, you may wish to call me.
Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward One, 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #105, Washington, DC
20004. 202-724-8181; 202-724-8109 (fax).
Chairman, Committee on Public Works and the Environment (including alcohol
regulation). Main Committee Number: 202-724-8195. 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #116,
Washington, DC 20004.
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