If you want to make a green political gesture that is both cheap and effective, you can't do much better than Dalton McGuinty's new "comfortable clothing" policy:
TORONTO — Ontario government workers will be allowed to wear casual clothes instead of suits and ties during the summer months.
Premier Dalton McGuinty says government air conditioners will be set to 26 Celsius this summer in order to help save energy costs.
He says he'd also like private companies to follow the government's lead and adopt a "comfortable clothing" policy.
Weirdly enough, the policy is almost a clone of the policy adopted earlier this year by the Republic of Chile, where air conditioner use accounts for 60% of energy consumption in workplaces.
Although "small bore" is definitely the way to describe it, I am entirely supportive of a move towards office casual-wear. My own company did this in the early 1990s, as a cheap concession to the employees who hadn't been downsized. Previosuly, my wardrobe had been100% black pants, cheap shirts, and ugly ties, and I looked frighteningly like Mike Herman's character in "Office Space". Ever since, my wife has been dressing me head-to-foot in Eddie Bauer gear, and the other middle-managers say that, of all the organization's office drones, I am by far the sexxxiest.
BCL As A Young Man