Convention planners seeing green for Denver 2008
DENVER – In addition to promoting Denver and the West to a national audience, the 2008 Democratic National Convention will be the most environmentally friendly event of its kind, officials with the Host Committee said Friday.With 35,000 anticipated visitors set to descend on the city for a week in August, Mayor John Hickenlooper’s senior adviser Katherine Archuleta said Friday the Host Committee is reaching out to a nationally-known expert on making large events more environmentally friendly. The Mayor’s Office is also lending Beth Conover, director of Hickenlooper’s “Greenprint Denver” environmental program, to help make the convention environmentally responsible.”We’re going to focus on making this convention as green as possible,” said Michael Dino, chief executive of the Host Committee.Dino and Archuleta joined federal and local law enforcement to talk about convention plans at an Associated Press-sponsored panel discussion for journalists in Denver Friday.Dino said the Host Committee’s commitment to environmentally sound practices echoes green initiatives from Denver’s Democratic mayor and Colorado’s Democratic Governor, Bill Ritter.
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