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Jan. 17, 2009--The Green Inaugural Ball took place at Mellon Auditorium under the slogan "Maximum Celebration, Minimum Impact."  Jenna Mack and Stephanie Campbell, co-founders of Event Emissary, put together the event.  Mack stated, "Every facet of this event has been greened."  Offsets were done by Renewable Choice Energy; organizers of the ball presented them with their usage and footprint.  Although a number of firms offered green products, organizers decided not to do gift bags.  "If we gave things that people didn't want, there's the possibility they'd throw them away," explained Mack.  About 17 non-profit partners and the presenting sponsor Planet Green provided time, energy, enthusiasm and speakers.  The budget for the event was close to half a million dollars.  (more)
Note: There were two other environmental themed balls, the more high-powered 2009 Green Inaugural Ball, chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, on Jan. 19 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, and the Environmental and Clean Energy Ball, hosted by The Clean Fuels Foundation on Jan. 19 at Sequoia.

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