The Greening of the Capitol

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Look here who’s been "greening" in our Nation’s capital since XXX – Green the Capitol.  It started out as just a report ordered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the Chief Admin Officer for the oplace: How to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce overall energy consumption. 

So renewable wind power has been bought, as have carbon offsets (hmm) to mitigate 30,000 METRIC TONS OF GREEN HOUSE GASES (WHY NOT STOP EMITTING THEM????) and switching from coal to natural gas.

In energy reduction the goal is to reduce by 50 percent over 10 years.  Lots of those weird lightbulbs.

Reduce lots of waste – no more Styrofoam and plastic crap in the cafeteria – al 100percent comipostable stuff now.

OUTDOORS?
"Ensured House food offerings are organic and locally grown wtihin a 1250-mile radius whenever possible.

WHAT ELSE?  Ask Allison.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.