24 Aug '12, 5pm

How eco-friendly are political conventions?

Confetti and balloons drop during the 2008 Republican National Convention. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Political convention season is upon us. Thousands of visitors are now descending upon Tampa for the Republican National Convention, which runs from Aug. 27-30. Soon, others will make their way to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, taking place Sept. 4-6. Over the course of these two massive events, enormous amounts of electricity will be used, countless custom banners will be festooned, and hundreds of thousands of meals will be consumed. While all of this adds up to a potentially enormous environmental impact, there is good news: Both parties are taking steps — some small, some big — to make their conventions more eco-friendly. Republican National Convention The Republican National Convention bills itself as one of the largest media events in the world...

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