Inauguration Getting Greener and Greener

More green features are being added to the weekend's lineup of festivities every day.

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In the nearly sysiphean effort to make Obama's inauguration, which will be attended by millions, the greenest ever, new festivities and details keep coming. Earlier this week, I pulled together a thrifty green inaugural visitor's guide to D.C.

  • The first of two green inaugural balls is tomorrow, and in addition to a featured performance from Wyclef, there will be a green "Trashion" show from designer Nancy Judd. The centerpiece of the show will be a men's coat made from Obama fliers.
  • Speaking of coats - it's freezing here today. Good thing PETA is distributing used fur coats to the homeless in D.C.
  • Al Gore's green inaugural ball has confirmed that Melissa Etheridge,, Maroon 5, John Legend and Michael Franti will perform.
  • If you have the cash for some green pampering, book a room for the weekend at the Fairmont. The D.C. Hotel's eco-inaugural package includes a Lexus hybrid complete with driiver (good luck getting around, though), organic food, a suite made of sustainable materials, and a Linda Loudermilk designer dress.
  • For 150 guests at the Philips Collection, famed chef Alice Waters will prepare a locally-sourced meal of oysters, lamb, rockfish soup, saffron tomato and apple tart. The dinner, which cost $500 per guest, benefits area soup kitchens.
  • If you can't make it to a ball, Live Earth offers tips for hosting your own green inaugural party.

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