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New Director Of District Department Of Environment Appointed

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray shakes hands with Keith Anderson, who was just appointed director of the District Department of Environment.
Donna Henry
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray shakes hands with Keith Anderson, who was just appointed director of the District Department of Environment.

The District's Department of the Environment has a new director — a man with an intimate knowledge of both the District and the department.

Keith Anderson is what you might call a lifer when it comes to D.C. and its Department of the Environment. He's worked there since the office was created in 2006.

"I'm a native Washingtonian, a product of D.C. public schools, and a life long resident," Anderson says. "That gives me an advantage of knowing my city, knowing people, the community and the challenges we face ahead."

Some of those challenges will include hammering out details of stormwater regulations that will affect building codes and city infrastructure to curb pollution. Anderson has served as interim director of the DDOE since August, when the previous director was let go.

One of his first tasks will be implementing Mayor Gray's wide ranging sustainability plan for making the District more green.


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