How Green is the White House?

Last December 2, the second day of the National Black Church Environmental and Economic Justice Summit, Charlotte Keyes stood attentively on stage awaiting her turn in the row of speakers. She had traveled from Columbia, Mississippi, a modest town on the flat banks of the Pearl River, where many of her friends had never learned to read and few had ever traveled out of state, to be here at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. She may have peeked at Vice President Al Gore to her right, but mostly she stared straight ahead, hands clasped, watching the roomful of people through her tortoise shell glasses.