April 22, 2020 / Blog

Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future this Earth Day

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—a day celebrated around the globe to drive sustainable change for our planet. This Earth Day, protecting our air, land, and water has never been more important.

Senator Gaylord Nelson—a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin—founded Earth Day as a national teach-in on environmental issues. A champion for the environment, he built a movement for environmental protection. Now, 50 years later, Democrats will be coming together in his home state of Wisconsin to nominate the next President of the United States.

From investing in clean energy to protecting our natural resources, Democrats are committed to paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

My name is Jaime Nack, and I lead our sustainability efforts for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. I’ve dedicated my entire career to helping organizations integrate sustainability into their operations and become leaders in climate action. I’ve also been part of the movement to develop sustainability standards for the events industry. The industry’s transformation was sparked by the early adopters of these practices, like the 2008 convention in Denver, Colorado where I led the DNC’s first-ever sustainability initiative.

This year, our entire team at the Democratic National Convention Committee is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our convention and building a legacy of sustainability for conventions to come.

We’re implementing a comprehensive strategy in accordance with sustainability best practices. Here are a few of the efforts my team is working on:

  • We’re employing energy saving technologies and strategies throughout our operations, which includes tracking, measuring, and analyzing our carbon footprint.
  • We’re implementing a comprehensive waste minimization and diversion plan to reduce our impact on local landfills.
  • We’re utilizing sustainably-sourced materials and energy-efficient lighting fixtures in our build-out of the convention stage.

“Our goal is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all human beings and all other living creatures. Our goal is a decent environment in its broadest and deepest sense. And it will require a long, sustained, political, moral, ethical and financial commitment far beyond any other commitment ever made by any society in the history of man.”

— Senator Gaylord Nelson

April 22, 1970

Democrats have long been champions of the environment.  We work tirelessly to innovate solutions addressing the climate crisis, build a clean energy economy, and protect our planet for generations to come.

We will continue to put our values into action and elect a President that follows the science and forwards solutions to the climate crisis. And we can’t wait to share those efforts right here at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.