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Green Festival News

Thank You Chicago!

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Green Festival continued its 2012 season in the Windy City, returning to iconic Navy Pier, Saturday and Sunday May 5-6. Throughout the weekend, over 24,000 participants ate, drank, shopped and discovered their way to a greener economy and the opportunity to embrace healthier, eco-conscious and socially-just lifestyles. Click the snapshots above to launch a photo gallery! For more photos, visit our Facebook page.

Thanks to Green America and Global Exchange, as well as every attendee, volunteer, exhibitor, partner and nonprofit ally whose efforts made Chicago Green Festival a great success!

Vote for your Favorite Ford Community Green Grant Finalist at Chicago Green Festival

ford_ccg_nycThis weekend at Chicago Green Festival, Ford will announce the winner of a $5,000 Green Grant! Many project ideas were submitted, each with unique, actionable ideas to better Chicago and its surrounding communities. The decision was tough, but the five finalists have been chosen!

Come to Chicago Green Festival this weekend May 5-6 at Navy Pier, Hall A, and vote for your favorite to receive the Community Green Grant. Every vote counts!

Check out the five local organizations in the running:

The Voice of the Green Movement in Chicago


dot_green_blogGreen Festival Chicago, coming up this weekend, is a wonderful opportunity for you to join DotGreen as we unite with thousands of others worldwide in the green movement, and amplify our voices around this common cause.

Let your voice be heard at Green Festival Chicago! Let's tweet, post, pin, and ping, and see how many people we can engage with our green effect this weekend!

DotGreen, located at booth 1213-1215, will be featuring a giant monitor streaming the latest #greenfest, @GreenFestival, and @DotGreenTLD tweets to project your message to not only the festival audience, but to the #greenmovement and the #gogreen global audiences on Twitter! Come by to connect with us and learn more about sharing your green messages, and about the future of the .green Top-Level Domain, designed to boost awareness on the Internet in a whole new way in 2013.

Family Fun at the Green Kids Zone

gfnyckidszoneEveryone knows the real party is at the Green Kids Zone! Bring your family to Green Festival in Chicago May 5-6 and enjoy two days of fun for all ages.

Entertaining and enriching activities include animal and insect encounters, yoga, story time, playing with your food and more!

Explore the wonder of the world and learn why it is important to protect and conserve water, eco-systems, animal species and habitats.

Chicago Green Festival is This Weekend, May 5-6 at Navy Pier

gfnycexhibitorsChicago Green Festival is only days away! Join us this weekend, May 5-6 at Navy Pier!

Connect with your local community to find ideas and innovations that help you take the next green steps in your life. Hundreds of speakers, exhibitors, DIY workshops, films, eco-fashion designs, cooking demos, kid’s activities and more will inspire your actions to find sustainable solutions every day!

Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Green Festival is located in Hall A, the first of two halls towards the end of the pier.

Admission is affordable on any budget. Purchase your ticket online for a special discount price! Support Green Festival and get the full experience by purchasing a Fan Pass. Online ticket sales end Friday at 5pm.

Plan ahead for presentations you want to catch and exhibitors you would like to see by viewing the Chicago Event Guide online. Look for the book icon to denote book signings immediately after presentations!

Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman Speaks on Main Stage at Chicago Green Festival - Sunday May 6th, 3 pm

Democracy Now!

gfnycamy_goodmanAward-winning investigative journalist Amy Goodman will speak on Sunday, May 6 at 3pm on the Main Stage at Chicago Green Festival. 

Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a daily, independent global news hour, that airs on more than 1,000 public television and radio stations worldwide. She is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize" for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media."

Chicago Green Festival Launches this Weekend at Navy Pier

gfbuzzThe Windy City is abuzz with green - Chicago Green Festival is next weekend! Join us this weekend, May 5-6 at Navy Pier and celebrate solutions leading us to healthier lives and greener communities.

Discounted tickets are still available online. Purchase your ticket online to save time and money.

Plan your weekend - check out the Chicago Event Guide Online!

Want to be part of the Green Festival team? There are still openings to volunteer. Sign up now!

Recycled and Natural Fibers in Ford Vehicles

Ford Motor Company

ford_vehiclesThe use of recycled and renewable content in Ford vehicles is increased year by year and model by model.  Ford takes a holistic approach to sustainable vehicle development and design, going beyond fuel efficiency and what’s under the hood by incorporating sustainable materials and processes throughout their vehicles.

In line with this effort, Ford is supporting Green Festival efforts to reduce landfill deposition by sponsoring Resource Recovery Stations. Plastics like the ones collected at these stations are recycled and reused in Ford vehicles.

Get Hands-On with DIY Workshops

diydemoOne of the newest and most popular stages at Green Festival is the DIY Stage!

Learn by doing at this interactive stage. Practical workshops led by local experts teach you skills to take home a range of projects. There is no task too big or small to tackle at the DIY Stage!

Here is a sampling of what you'll find: