Sustainable Strategies DC is a government affairs & strategic consulting firm helping communities obtain resources for revitalization & key priorities.


Communities across the country want to protect their water and air quality while getting the greatest possible benefit out of the investments they make. Many are conserving, restoring or enhancing natural areas while incorporating trees, rain gardens, vegetated roofs, and other practices while also working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. These approaches are integral components of sustainable communities as they help protect the environment and human health while providing other social and economic benefits, allowing communities to achieve more for their money. Sustainable Strategies DC's past successes in these areas include:

Success: Charles Town-Ranson           Commerce Corridor Green Revitalization

Client: Charles Town, West Virginia

Project Name: Commerce Corridor Green Revitalization

Description: Over more than a decade, Sustainable Strategies DC has helped the cities of Charles Town and Ranson obtain six U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield grants totaling $1,870,000 and other resources to transform a blighted corridor of vacant factories into a new hi-tech educational campus for American Public University.  The revitalization project includes the largest solar energy project in the state, a new Ranson Civic Center, an astronomy center with an advanced, high-powered telescope facility, LEED-Gold buildings, and green infrastructure to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Funding Awarded:

  • Six U.S. EPA Brownfield Area-wide Planning, Assessment, Cleanup, Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund, and Greenspace Grants - $1,870,000 (2001-2016)

  • TIGER Planning Grant - $950,000, TIGER Capital Grant - $5,000,000 and State TIGER matching funds - $3.6 million (2013-2017)

  • National Phoenix Award winner (2013)

  • Two Opportunity Zone designations (2018)

Success: Save-a-watt in wyandotte

Client: Wyandotte Municipal Utilities, Michigan

Project Name: Save-a-Watt

Description: Sustainable Strategies DC helped Wyandotte Municipal Utilities secure more than $5 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants and federal tax credits to launch community energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including a 400 kW solar energy project on a municipal building, a downtown geothermal system, community wind projects, and an energy retrofit program for customers. 

Success: Hopewell Stream Restoration

Client: Hopewell, Virginia

Project Name: Reducing Local Impacts on the Chesapeake Bay through Riverside Park's Stream Restoration

Description: Hopewell sits at the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers. Its industrial history prior to stormwater management requirements has resulted in large expanses of impervious services. Using awarded funds, the City will significantly reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in the Appomattox River, the James River and the Chesapeake Bay by integrating innovative stormwater management practices into public greenways. The project will restore an actively eroding stream channel and wetlands supporting a 296-acre urban watershed, for a total of 2,214 linear feet of full stream restoration and 150 additional linear feet of streambank stabilization.

Funding Awarded:

  • NFWF Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grant - $451,000 (2017)