Green Speed Dating: Finding Carbon-Neutral Love

07/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Ben Bergman NPR

For people who are extremely passionate about the environment, finding low-impact love can be tough.

A Los Angeles Web site recently tried to help find a solution, organizing what it billed as the first "green" speed-dating event

Sixteen or so singles from across Los Angeles descended on a bar near the beach last month in search of a carbon-neutral connection. What do these greenies drive? As it turned out, more than just Priuses -- one would-be dater rolled up in a Land Rover.

The offender, Jeff Seputra, is a hedge fund manager who lives in downtown Los Angeles. He insists he's been trying to get rid of his gas guzzler for years. He also says he only drives it very short distances and that he recycles and gives to green causes. But at an event like this one, Seputra's choice of wheels may be an inconvenient truth.

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