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Arment Dietrich

Let’s Go Green

By: Arment Dietrich | July 26, 2007 | 
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I am all for going green.  I love our planet earth, and I like doing little things that make me feel a part of something bigger.  But, if it was 104 degrees outside and I had to go to work for a full nine hour day, I don’t think I would be all for the air conditioning being turned down.

Shanghai workers were told that on Fridays they could wear shorts and t-shirts calling it “cool dress day” to be a part of an energy saving campaign.  Cool right?  Yes, but the thing is they are also going to be turning down the air.  Is that spin?  Giving people something that is looked at as a benefit for press reasons, but taking something else away to negate that?

If I were a worker in Shanghai I could think of some better ways to save energy.  Maybe giving everyone Friday off, and turning off the air conditioning and lights all together.  Then again, I am not the most rational person you know.

I guess I don’t have to worry about that.  We have causal Friday no matter what the thermostat reads.  And frankly, I live in Chicago.  The second the thermostat reaches 104 degrees I will turn off the air conditioning because I will be on the first flight anywhere North that still has ice.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing on this.  I actually think the campaign as a whole is pretty cool.  (Pun intended.)  Check it out: http://english.cri.cn/3126/2006/06/12/269@101410.htm.  -  Molli Megasko