DOEE Green Zone Environmental Program

DOEE Green Zone Environmental Program In GZEP, students and young adults learn how to build and maintain urban farms, the removal of invas
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The Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP) is part of the District’s Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the largest summer youth employment program in the nation. Administered by the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), GZEP provides over 300 young adults, ages 14-24, with education, job training, and work experiences in the fields of energy and environment every summer.

07/06/2023

Today was a field trip day for the GZEP Anacostia #2 cohort! They went to the Aquatic Resources Education Center where they learned and practiced how to fish in preparation for their upcoming field trip to Kingman Island!

06/29/2023

DOEE's 2023 GZEP program is in full swing! Here we have the cohort learning about catch-and-release fishing out of the Anacostia River. They also learned about the native and invasive species that inhabit the riverway .

06/29/2023

It was GZEP Orientation Week here at DOEE! We have Special Assistant Clothida Nwaete giving a demonstration to the team on CPR.

06/29/2023

It was GZEP Orientation Week here at DOEE! We have Dept Of Behavioral Health here with us, they explained the importance of mental health and consoling one another

06/27/2023
DOEE TuesdayIt is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP!As we come to an end to our summer, we want to highlight our amazing team!O...
07/26/2022

DOEE Tuesday

It is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP!

As we come to an end to our summer, we want to highlight our amazing team!

Our staff has made a positive impact on our SYEP Summer Youth workers by ensuring they retain information on how to better sustain DC’s environment!

07/25/2022

 GZEP Participants enjoying our 2018 Solar job fair.
07/21/2022



GZEP Participants enjoying our 2018 Solar job fair.

Workshop WednesdaysGZEP Participants had the opportunity to test water samples from the Anacostia to gain knowledge on  ...
07/20/2022

Workshop Wednesdays

GZEP Participants had the opportunity to test water samples from the Anacostia to gain knowledge on potential toxic substances.

It's DOEE Tuesday at GZEP!Did you know?DOEE’s Lead and Healthy Housing Division consists of a broad coalition of Distric...
07/19/2022

It's DOEE Tuesday at GZEP!

Did you know?

DOEE’s Lead and Healthy Housing Division consists of a broad coalition of District agencies and some of the District’s most prominent medical providers, managed care organizations, non-profits, and environmental health professionals. Participating health providers and social service agencies serve as front-line responders, identifying children in distress due to lead poisoning, severe and poorly controlled asthma, and/or situations in which a pregnant woman is living in a hazardous home. The front-line responders refer these families to DOEE ‘s Lead and Healthy Housing Division.

After an intake process, participants receive a comprehensive home environmental assessment and energy audit, family education, an asthma management diagnostic and case management coordination. Once health and safety threats have been identified and systematically documented, DOEE creates a comprehensive Technical Assistance Report that serves as a time-sensitive roadmap for the correction of identified hazards and details the potential health issues related to those hazards.

  MondayIt’s a blessing to start a new week!
07/18/2022

Monday

It’s a blessing to start a new week!

This week our GZEP staff had the chance to explore and learn the history of Kingman Island (also known as Burnham Barrie...
07/15/2022

This week our GZEP staff had the chance to explore and learn the history of Kingman Island (also known as Burnham Barrier)

Kingman & Heritage Islands are islands in Northeast and Southeast Washington, D.C., in the Anacostia River. Both islands are man-made, built from material dredged from the Anacostia River and completed in the early part of the 20th Century. Kingman Island, Kingman Lake and nearby Kingman Park are named after Brigadier General Dan Christie Kingman, the US Army’s Chief of Engineers who died in 1916 while the project was underway.

Kingman Island is bordered on the east by the main channel of the Anacostia River, and on the west by the 110-acre Kingman Lake, which is a side channel of the Anacostia. Heritage Island is surrounded by Kingman Lake. Both islands were federally owned property managed by the National Park Service until 1996. They are currently owned by the District of Columbia Government and managed by Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region. Kingman Island is bisected by Benning Road and the Ethel Kennedy Bridge, with the southern half of the island bisected again by East Capitol Street and the Whitney Young Memorial Bridge. Part of Langston Golf Course is located on Kingman Island north of Benning Road, while the southern half of Kingman Island and all of Heritage Island are largely undeveloped.



For more information please visit

https://www.kingmanisland.com/kingman-history

Good Morning! Today is   for GZEP!
07/11/2022

Good Morning! Today is for GZEP!

Throwback Thursday to our 2015 trip at the Alice Ferguson FoundationMore than 8,000 students participate in our Bridging...
07/07/2022

Throwback Thursday to our 2015 trip at the Alice Ferguson Foundation

More than 8,000 students participate in our Bridging the Watershed program at the Alice Ferguson Foundation which takes youth to national and state parks in the Potomac Watershed where they learn, hands-on, about how a watershed works and how to keep it clean. Another 10,000 volunteers participate in trash cleanups in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

Each year, Alice Ferguson Foundation helps thousands of people connect with nature by cleaning our river banks.

Workshop Wednesdays  Our GZEP participants had a wonderful opportunity to partner up with Earth Conservation Corps.“Eart...
07/06/2022

Workshop Wednesdays

Our GZEP participants had a wonderful opportunity to partner up with Earth Conservation Corps.

“Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit organization which empowers youth from stressed communities in service learning through wildlife research, habitat restoration, and raptor education.”

Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit organization which empowers youth from stressed communities in service learning through wildlife research, habitat restoration, and raptor education.

It is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP!Today we’re highlighting DOEE's Watershed Protection Division (WPD)Did you know?DOEE's ...
07/05/2022

It is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP!

Today we’re highlighting DOEE's Watershed Protection Division (WPD)

Did you know?

DOEE's Watershed Protection Division (WPD) works to protect and restore the environmental health of the District’s rivers and streams. The division is comprised of two branches that work together to protect our watersheds from soil erosion, litter and debris, and other nonpoint sources of pollution

What is a Watershed?
A watershed – the land area that drains to one stream, lake or river – affects the water quality in the water body that it surrounds. Like water bodies (e.g., lakes, rivers, and streams), individual watersheds share similarities but also differ in many ways!

This week our GZEP  staff had the chance to explore the Anacostia River through the Anacostia Riverkeepers. Who are The ...
07/01/2022

This week our GZEP staff had the chance to explore the Anacostia River through the Anacostia Riverkeepers.



Who are The Anacostia Riverkeepers?



Anacostia Riverkeeper is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Anacostia River for all who live, work, and play in its watershed. Established in 2008, Anacostia Riverkeeper has been a trusted name in the DC and Maryland metropolitan communities for over ten years. https://www.anacostiariverkeeper.org/about-anacostia-riverkeeper/

 Youth Development Training in 2019!
06/30/2022



Youth Development Training in 2019!

Its Workshop Wednesday here at GZEP! Today’s spotlight goes to Mobilized Green!“At Mobilize Green, we address the divers...
06/29/2022

Its Workshop Wednesday here at GZEP! Today’s spotlight goes to Mobilized Green!

“At Mobilize Green, we address the diversity leadership gap in green STEM by connecting organizations with top-tier diverse talent, which provides students with viable pathways to meaningful careers and helps public and private sector agencies fill their talent pipelines”.

https://www.mobilizegreen.org/about-us

Today we’re highlighting Mold & Radon Awareness with Keith Keemer, Environmental Protection Specialist. Did you know? Ra...
06/28/2022

Today we’re highlighting Mold & Radon Awareness with Keith Keemer, Environmental Protection Specialist.

Did you know?

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas that comes from deposits of uranium in soil, rock and water. Prolonged exposure to elevated levels of radon can be harmful when found in homes.

Let your friends and family know that District residents can obtain a free radon test kit by calling the radon hotline at (202) 535-2302.

Every Friday, GZEP provides enriching workshops that provide education, skill building tools and resources to enrich the...
06/24/2022

Every Friday, GZEP provides enriching workshops that provide education, skill building tools and resources to enrich their future.

This week our agency's very own Senior Deputy Director, Richard Jackson, lead an awesome presentation on Leadership. This presentation highlighted the different types of leaders and their effect on building a strong team and long lasting relationships!

  In 2016, GZEP partnered with East Capitol Urban Farm which is a multi-functional, three-acre farm located in Southeast...
06/23/2022



In 2016, GZEP partnered with East Capitol Urban Farm which is a multi-functional, three-acre farm located in Southeast. It includes community beds for gardening, an aquaponics system, walking trails, community art, and more. What an amazing experience!

Partnership News! This year we’ve partnered with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs.  One of GZEP’s missions is to pro...
06/23/2022

Partnership News!

This year we’ve partnered with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs. One of GZEP’s missions is to provide resources for our youth to create an inclusive and informative workspace. The MOLGBTQA will be addressing important concerns of our District’s le***an, gay, bisexual & transgender community and empowering our young adults on helping remove barriers for the LGBTQ+ community across all eight wards and providing resources for at-risk LGBTQ+ populations.

For more information please visit

What We DoWhat We Do Connect LGBTQ+ residents with the city services they may need. Intake Form Advocate on behalf of programs and policies that benefit the lives of LGBTQ+ residents.  Provide grants to community based organizations who serve the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homel...

It is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP! Today GZEP staff attended a seminar on equity by Brenda Perez & Allyson Criner-Brown. ...
06/21/2022

It is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP!

Today GZEP staff attended a seminar on equity by Brenda Perez & Allyson Criner-Brown.

We believe that all District residents should be afforded the same ability to live and enjoy the natural world immediately around them, and to have access to clean and affordable energy, regardless of race, gender, national origin, or income!

Happy, Throwback Thursday!Did you know? Pre-Pandemic Program participants would take partin community-based work, byassi...
06/16/2022

Happy, Throwback Thursday!

Did you know?

Pre-Pandemic
Program participants would take part
in community-based work, by
assisting neighbors and seniors
throughout the District with
environmental and beautification
projects. What a sustainable way to give back!

Workforce Development Wednesdays!Seminars are developed to educate and train GZEP participants through diverse, educatio...
06/15/2022

Workforce Development Wednesdays!

Seminars are developed to educate and train GZEP participants through diverse, educational activities focused on establishing and/or deepening their connection to the environment, strengthening their résumé and providing skills for green careers, and more!

Did You Know!?It is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP,! Every Tuesday one of our agency departments or programs provides an edu...
06/14/2022

Did You Know!?

It is DOEE Tuesdays here at GZEP,!

Every Tuesday one of our agency departments or programs provides an educational workshop for GZEP participants in order to get them better acquainted with agency goals towards a more .

It’s officially that time of year again!   is underway for summer 2022. We're so excited to provide our Summer Youth Emp...
06/14/2022

It’s officially that time of year again! is underway for summer 2022. We're so excited to provide our Summer Youth Employment Program participants with the education, tools and resources to create a !

Here’s a walk down memory lane with previous cohort taking the initiative to keep our Anacostia River Clean!

Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates over the next 6 weeks!

It's that time again! Visit doee.dc.gov/greenpathways to apply for GZEP Summer Job Positions!
04/29/2022

It's that time again! Visit doee.dc.gov/greenpathways to apply for GZEP Summer Job Positions!

07/27/2021

GZEP participants practice for their virtual Grand Prix with the State Energy Program:

GZEP's female participants with the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives:
07/27/2021

GZEP's female participants with the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives:

07/20/2021

GZEP staff and participants engage in an exciting morning ice breaker called Music Quest!

Here are GZEP participants learning virtually about food insecurity with UDC!
07/20/2021

Here are GZEP participants learning virtually about food insecurity with UDC!

GZEP participants are learning about sustainable cities and invasive plants!
07/16/2021

GZEP participants are learning about sustainable cities and invasive plants!

GZEP participants learning about various topics with their partners- Latin Youth American Center (LAYC), Living Classroo...
07/07/2021

GZEP participants learning about various topics with their partners- Latin Youth American Center (LAYC), Living Classrooms, and DC SOAR as they prepare for their presentation at the end of the summer.

06/30/2021

GZEP staff and participants enjoying a game of Jeopardy on with DOEE’s very own Jennifer Johnston:

GZEP participants learning about electric vehicles as they prepare to make their own virtual electric vehicle by the end...
06/30/2021

GZEP participants learning about electric vehicles as they prepare to make their own virtual electric vehicle by the end of the summer!

The GZEP Summer 2021 Virtual Program 2.0 is HERE! We are excited for another summer of growing, networking, having fun a...
06/10/2021

The GZEP Summer 2021 Virtual Program 2.0 is HERE! We are excited for another summer of growing, networking, having fun and most importantly learning about environmental sustainability.

Week 2 of the Green Zone Environmental Program explored the different types of Ecosystems. MBSYEP youth learned about th...
07/22/2020

Week 2 of the Green Zone Environmental Program explored the different types of Ecosystems. MBSYEP youth learned about the biological community of interacting organisms, their environment, and their contribution to the ecosystem. With the assistance of GZEP’s non-profit, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), MBSYEP youth had the opportunity to explore ecosystems right in their backyards! They discovered plants, animals and other living organisms within 10 feet of their homes – how cool! Latin American Youth Center

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District Department Of Energy & Environment 1200 First Street NE
Washington D.C., DC
20002

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12am - 11pm

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(202) 535-2600

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