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.