[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/25/art.dnc.lauriedavid.jpg caption="Environmental activist and producer Laurie David before Green Sunday at the Red Rocks Democratic National Convention welcome concert."]Laurie David
Global Warming Activist/Producer/Author
As soon as Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper learned that his city had been chosen for the 2008 Democratic Convention, he became giddy with the possibility of hosting the first green political convention ever. You see the results of his efforts the moment you arrive at the Denver airport and are greeted by smiling DNC volunteers standing by brand new Chevy HYBRID Tahoe’s (with the added bonus of that great new car smell). As you leave the airport, glance to your left and you will see acres of newly installed solar panels to offset the electrical use at the airport.
One of my favorite green touches that Denver came up with is the thousand bicycles sitting curbside around the city available for all to use, free of charge, for carbon neutral transportation. All bikes are equipped with an odometer to measure the green miles logged. Virtually every aspect of this convention was rethought from what kind of paper products the food is served on to briefing the hundreds of restaurants in the community on how to reduce waste. And how about the fact that 1,300 tons of plastic were saved from a landfill by switching to biodegradable wood key cards for the local hotels. Now that’s sweating the details!
It is not an exaggeration to say that a huge shift in consciousness went into the greening of this event. And long after the convention is over, the city of Denver and it’s beloved Mayor will have set a new standard by which all other large-scale events should be measured.
To learn more about what Denver accomplished go to the 2008 DNC website.
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