Washington Green is suddenly glamorous again.
After chafing under eight years of President George W. Bush’s environmental policies, advocates supporting renewable energy and conservation gathered Monday night at a glitzy ball to celebrate the greening of the White House.
President-elect Barack Obama, unlike his predecessor, supports stiff, mandatory reductions in the gases blamed for global warming and he wants to create millions of new “green” jobs.
Environmental groups that have spent years playing defense against the Bush administration see an opportunity to push through their policies under Obama.
The event, hosted by former Vice President and Nobel-laureate Al Gore, drew celebrities such as Will.i.am, Blair Underwood and Melissa Etheridge, many of whom made their entrance on a moss green carpet made partly of recycled fiber.
“We need to change the way we use energy, the way we treat the Earth,” Gore said.
Also attending were Obama’s choices to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.