Tree-hug­gin’ GOP

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Some­body alert Al Gore. “Repub­li­cans are com­mit­ted to mak­ing next year’s nom­i­nat­ing con­ven­tion in Min­neapo­lis-St. Paul the ‘green­est’ in party his­tory. From trans­porta­tion to venue se­lec­tion to staff workspace — con­ven­tion plan­ners are work­ing to im­ple­ment the best en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices,” Maria Cino noted Oct. 29.

She is pres­i­dent of the 2008 Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion, sched­uled for Sept. 1-4. By then, the GOP bet­ter be green, green, green.

It could be a bil­ious green for some Repub­li­cans. Con­ven­tion head­quar­ters have been fur­nished with “re­cy­cled fur­nish­ings” — which might have been called “used” in a less-ex­cru­ci­at­ing era. Re­cy­cled of­fice sup­plies are a must, along with room-to-room cli­mate con­trol, which shuts down au­to­mat­i­cally at 5 p.m. ev­ery day to save en­ergy. And all staffers “live within walk­ing dis­tance, or uti­lize pub­lic trans­porta­tion to travel to work.”

News clips are dis­trib­uted elec­tron­i­cally to pre­serve pa­per, and em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to uti­lize two-sided print­ing and re­cy­cle their pa­per, plus cans and bot­tles.

“A greener con­ven­tion will use fewer re­sources and leave a smaller foot­print, show­case Min­neapo­lis and Saint Paul as lead­ers in en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, and un­der­score the Repub­li­can Party’s com­mit­ment to re­spon­si­ble stew­ard­ship of the en­vi­ron­ment,” Ms. Cino ex­plained.

Stay­ing green may be a chal­lenge. Some 45,000 peo­ple — a few who may not re­cy­cle — are ex­pected to at­tend the con­ven­tion, which will take place at the Xcel En­ergy Cen­ter in St. Paul.

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