* After trying to source an organic, union made fanny pack to be given to volunteers, Bob DeMasse, the convention’s organizer reported that such a thing doesn’t exist.
* The same goes for baseball caps: there are union caps and organic caps, but no cap with both requirements. (Come on, unions, step up!)
* Andrea Robinson, the convention’s Director of Greening, is testing balloons to make sure they are really biodegradable — by burying them in steaming compost piles.
* She has also hired an Official Carbon Advisor to measure the show’s carbon footprint so that it can be offset by investments in renewable energy.
* “Lean and green” catering guidelines are calling for no fried food and 70% organic or local ingredients.
* And, yes, the DNC will also have a team of garbage monitors.
http://cleantechnica.com/2008/06/25/dem ... onvention/
A request for catering proposals for events sponsored by the Host Committee asks for no fried foods; no individual plastic containers for liquids; reusable, recyclable or compostable plates; and local or organic food -- or both.
Another request is for food to be in at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white.
One caterer warned that going organic could double prices.
Still, caterers agree that organizers' commitment to going green during the convention is laudable.
The event is set for Aug. 25th to 28th in Denver.
I get wanting to be environmentally conscious, but is this a way to show fiscal responsibility? The best way to show the American People you know how to balance a budget during a recession is not by doubling the price of food.