by Daelyn Fortney
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Photo: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

For the first time in its 96 year history the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner will be eco-friendly. The association hopes to reduce the carbon impact of the annual formal gala by using renewable energy for the event and by purchasing paper products, supplies, and services that are not associated with deforestation, global warming, toxic waste, or species extinction. The Natural Resources Defense Council partnered with the White House on the initiative.

“This will be the most eco-friendly dinner ever hosted by the association,” said Edwin Chen, the group’s president and a Bloomberg News White House correspondent. “And we encourage our members and guests to join in that effort, such as by car-pooling, using hybrid vehicles and, for long-distance travelers to Washington, buying carbon-offsets.”

The meal will feature sustainable and locally produced foods and wine. Uneaten meals will be donated to a local community kitchen.

Jay Leno, who will fly into DC by private jet, will headline the May 1 black-tie dinner. Other stars expected to be in attendance include Elisabeth Shue, Justin Bieber, Ryan Seacrest, Kristin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Alec Baldwin, Julianna Margulies, Chelsea Handler, Ewan McGregor, Jimmy Fallon, Mariska Hargitay, Steven Spielberg, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Jessica Alba, Queen Latifah, and Chris O’Donnell. Of course, President Obama will attend and address the gala’s guests.

  • Christine

    How could anyone attempt to call this event “eco-friendly” if meat and dairy (the production of which constitutes #1 cause of global warming) will be served?

  • Lauren

    Funny how they mantion it will be “eco-friendly” and Jay is flying by private jet.

  • David

    Jay can buy carbon credits from Al Gore so it is OK.

    But seriously, I agree with you Lauren. At the very least Jay could fly commercial and spread the carbon emitted out over many passengers. Or even better he could appear on that new fangled invention TV, a closed circuit broadcast would save all that carbon (well almost all) and he wouldn’t have to sit on a plane for 5 or 6 hours each way. Sounds like a win for Jay and the environment.

    More electronic meetings would save everyone time and money while helping the environment. With modern technology I don’t have to be in the same room much less be on the same continent with the other people in a meeting. There are times when a physical presence is needed but when it isn’t then use electronic meetings.

  • Donny

    they better serve vegan food

  • SPO101

    I wonder if there’s going to be any Party Crashers at this year’s White House Correspondents dinner.

    You WANT to prosecute someone for CRASHING the Whitehouse and jeopardizing the Presidency we should review the 2000 election and charge George W. Cheerleader… ahhhhh I mean Bush under the R.I.C.O. Act”
    I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see our so-called Representatives in government and their Ivory Tower aristocratic and celebrity FRIENDS at some million dollar State Dinner at taxpayer expense. Just tell the American PEOPLE some funny jokes so they aren’t crying at the SAD STATE of the nation. I won’t be laughing though because I can’t seem to shake the thought that this years Party would be a great place for a natural disaster.
    Does ANY average American feel good about how low the USA has sunk in the last decade? Media covering a few hundred Tea Party right-wing fanatics like they actually mattered. SEC regulators watching porn while Wall St con men were #*~/ing the USA in the @**. TRILLIONS of dollars in debt for two wars, tax cuts for the rich and Medicare Part iDiot. An OIL SPILL the size of Maryland heading toward our precious Gulf Coast. Drill baby DRILL…with NO SAFETY VALVE, right? And let’s not forget how Republican Party got paid top dollar to spend the last year and a half saying NO!

    “Let them eat cake” is too good for the USA, right? The POWERS that BE have most Americans fighting for the CRUMBS! In Arizona the right-wing fanatic numbskulls are actually blaming foreigners for the problems created by their own Conservative ideology, trickle down economics and other LOW GRADE THOUGHT PROCESSES… IT’S the MOST un-American thing I’ve ever witnessed.

    Maybe you silver spoons don’t see it but down in the trenches where 40 MILLION Americans are struggling below the poverty level… THINGS ARE ALREADY DESPERATE AND GETTING WORSE! Property theft is at an all time high and poor people on the streets have become vicious predators on the prowl for victims

    The Ivory Tower crowd KNOWS it too. They have to pay a fortune on private security and body guards right now but are working hard to make the USA into a POLICE STATE and let the government pick up the tab for their protection.

    Funny how the news media jumped on this Arizona immigration law story but completely IGNORED the following: John McCain and the Republicans seem to be leading the charge toward a police state:
    S.3081 – Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010 proposed by Senators Lieberman and McCain “…removes the right to trial for American Citizens and gives government the AUTHORITY to detain Americans INDEFINITELY for SUSPECTED TERRORIST ACTIVITY…”

    The really IMPORTANT thing about this Act is just WHO defines SUSPECTED ACTIVITY? I’m sure the CRIMINALS and CONS who oversaw the recent economic meltdown (or what I like to call greatest looting of a nation’s wealth and resources in the history of mankind) FEEL THREATENED by the ACTIVITY involved with calls for JUSTICE.

    Republicans know DEMANDS for ethics, responsibility and accountability are going to come down HARD on them. Especially McCain/Lieberman who’ve been covering up Banking/Financial/Wall St SCANDALS since the 80’s. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what comes next…

    Anyways all you rich, powerful, well connected m#*~/s have a good time at the SOCIAL GATHERING OF THE YEAR. Morning Joe can tell us how you Royals partied down while Rome burned…
    #*~/ you too…

  • angel

    While giant steps should often be taken; baby steps may accomplish more in the long run. The simple fact that they are even attempting an eco dinner is kudos to this administration. If locally grown organic meats and produce can be served, then that is a huge step for the locavore movement and in support of a healthier America. An awesome step would be if they can sustain this concept with other White House dinners and events. Rather than dwell on the negative or place blame, we all should be pleased that even baby steps are being taken. It has to start somewhere!