When is a Green Prom not Green?

When the press coverage is completely off the mark. There's an article in the Pittsburgh-based Post-Gazette about an attempt to organise a green prom at the City Charter High School. At first glance it appears that all the students took the bus to the event, which would indeed be a good move, even if it alone doesn't necessarily warrant the prom being called green. However, read on and you will find that only 13 of the 136 students took the bus, and most others went for the more traditional, and gas-guzzling, Hummers and limos.

There is even a quote which reveals that they were going to take the bus anyway and only retro-actively decided that it was for an environmental cause. "We take the bus everywhere, so we were just going to do that anyway. But we had done a global warming symposium at school, so it became more about that," said senior, Macy Lucas.

Although we don't want to be negative about any action taken to make an events impact on the environment lower, it has to be said that less than ten percent of the attendees taking the bus doesn't exactly warrant a news story. If you want to green your prom, then taking the bus is a great move. Limos aren't actually that bad either, as long as they are full up with passengers. Wearing a dress that you plan on wearing again, or that is created from sustainable materials is also a good move.Newspaper coverage of 'green' events, and companies taking measures to become more 'green' are abundant, but you have to read the piece with a keen eye and a healthy pinch of scepticism. Have any of you taken steps to green an event? Perhaps you have some ideas on how a prom's impact on the environment could be lowered?

We recently featured a company that is attempting to green the traditional student prom by creating dresses from sustainable materials. Once in a lifetime events like a prom are a great tradition, but are often pretty harsh on the environment because those fancy dresses only ever get worn once. ::Post Gazette

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