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Capital City Candidates Make A Green Campaign Pledge

Tom Flanigan
Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor says printing and planting campaign signs (this image was from the 2016 election year) generate a surprising volume of greenhouse gases.

Nearly two dozen of Tallahassee and Leon County political office seekers promise to keep their campaigns carbon neutral.

The majority of the Tallahassee area's political candidates have pledged to make their campaigns carbon neutral. The idea came from a Leon County commissioner who is not facing the voters this year.
District 3 Commissioner Rick Minor said candidates churn out carbon emissions beyond that generated by their speech-making.

"Activities that a campaign engages in, such as printing and sending out mail pieces, making yard signs and travelling. All of those activities generate carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions."

Minor asked all of those now running for local office to make their campaigns carbon-neutral.

"We are blessed in this community to have 21 candidates that care enough about the environment and climate change to embrace this idea," he exclaimed.

Candidates who signed the pledge are also asked to purchase carbon offsets with the money they'd otherwise have spent on greenhouse gas producing activities.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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