Today marks the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The DNCC plans to make this convention, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi puts it,
“…the greenest, most sustainable, most successful political convention in history.”
As part of that plan organizers are implementing the “Green Delegate Challenge”, an incentive to encourage delegations to commit to offsetting their carbon footprint from attending the convention.
The delegation (or delegations) with the highest percentage of delegates offsetting their carbon get fun and (and presumably green) prizes and special recognition on the convention floor. Of course the point of the challenge isn’t winning a prize or a special mention, but to encourage awareness and action from delegates to reduce their carbon footprint.
To help in that effort Native Energy Inc. has partnered with the DNCC to provide offsets for several domestic, community-based alternative energy projects.
A Blend of Community Projects
Vermont-based Native Energy has earned a reputation in recent years for supporting Native American, farmer-owned and community-based renewable energy projects with social, economic and environmental benefits. That’s what we like here at TriplePundit, a triple bottom line.
Offsets purchased through the Green Delegate Challenge will support a blend of specific projects:
- The Wray School District Wind Turbine in Wray, Colorado. A community-owned utility-scale wind turbine built in January 2008. The Wray School project comprises 10% of the offset blend.
- Focus the Nation Wind Turbine at the Williamson Family Farm in Rosedell Township, Minnesota, comprising another 10% of the blend.
- The Hillcrest Saylor dairy farm methane project in Rockwood, Pennsylvania for 20% of the blend.
- The Des Plaines Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project located in Des Plaines, Illinois, receiving 60% of the offset blend.
And so the challenge is on. The more delegates that commit to offsetting their hot air, er… carbon footprint at the convention, the more support these projects will receive through Native Energy.
Let the games begin!
Note: While I’m not always accused of being overly “bipartisan” in my viewpoints, the Republicans are touting their green credentials as well for their convention in St. Paul next week. Get the skinny from the GOP’s “Green Fact Sheet” (pdf).