“Anything Vegan LOVES being a part of the Green Festival! The energy from the crowd is amazing! Our cookbook is coming out in November and our delicious vegan cheeses that sell out every year at the Green Festival will be featured in it! Thank you GF for making the hard work of running a booth feel like fun with friends! Anything Vegan will definitely be back again next year!”– Anything Vegan
“The staff at the DC Dentist was thrilled to be a part of the 2014 Green Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Not only were we able to share our experience of working within a holistic and sustainable dental office, but we were able to attract several new patients at the event. It was a wonderful experience for everyone who was involved and we cannot wait to participate again next year.” – The DC Dentist
“Being an environmentally responsible company is a key part of the Ford corporate identity,” said John Viera, Ford director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters. “By working with the Green Festival, we are able to extend this sustainable thinking beyond Ford and do something tangible and permanent to improve the local community following each event.” – John Viera, Ford Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters
“Through the Green Festivals we not only reach our warm market of vegans and vegetarians, but the growing number of consumers interested in new, innovative concepts in many categories, including food! At Green Festivals, we meet a growing number of consumers who are looking for more plant-based food options that are not necessarily vegan or vegetarian. The Green Festival attendee is proactive!” – Eugene Wang, Founder Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Seafood
“The Green Festivals are one of our favorite events where we can network with green, eco, and sustainability experts from around the world in cities all over the United States. We're so excited to be a part of each one and always look forward to meeting the amazing raw food and health enthusiasts who care as much as we do about what happens to the world we live in.” – Tamra Carter, CMO Executive Assistant / Event Coordinator, Sunwarrior
“Our sustainable candle company was only 4 months old when we first exhibited with Green Festivals in LA. We were approached by ecoconscious consumers, other exhibitors and wholesalers and almost sold out of everything we made! Green Festivals allowed us to build quality connections and gain exposure that would not have been possible otherwise.” – Justin Puda & Jessica Waters (Founders Earthlite)
“Green Festival allows our company to successfully connect with inspiring nutritionalists, health coach practitioners, our fans and future consumers. We use this event to grow our brand recognition and market share in each city, and share our product’s story with health-conscious and green-living attendees that Green Festival attracts.” – Siri Baldeep Kaur (Field Marketing Manager for Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips)
“I would highly suggest that you come to San Francisco and attend Green Festival. This consumer show really gives a boost in sales in the Bay Area stores for about three months after the show.” – Doug Speakman, President of Sunshine Specialties Northern CA
“We are so happy to be part of Green Festivals; an event that brings so many environmentally conscious people and forward thinkers together in the same place. Each festival gets better and better; and we love the opportunity to network and be part of a great event.” – Nubian Heritage
“The Green Festival was an astonishing collection of organizations, groups, and businesses big and small, all ready to meet the hundreds of people drawn in from across the world. It was a wonderful experience meeting and introducing our organization to people with varying knowledge and interests. It is important to share green solutions, green alternatives and how people can get involved. The Green Festival embodied this.” – Alexandria Nieves, Volunteer Coordinator, Bronx River Alliance
“This year’s DC Green Festival was the best one yet. I had the opportunity to learn about all kinds of new and innovative eco-friendly products, try fabulous food samples, and hear from great speakers. I especially appreciate the way that the Green Festival supports the local community and non-profits with its Community Award. Can’t wait for next year!” – Sacha Cohen, President, Grassfed Media
“We have been going to the Green Festival for 9 years, since our business first opened. Over the years, we've met festival attendees who've become amazing customers, supporters, and employees of our green business. Not only that, but the annual festivals have really built up the community of eco-entrepreneurs in our region, and increased demand for sustainable products and services. … Green Festivals definitely contributed to our growth and success!” – Community Forklift
“As a pre-revenue garage startup without a shipping product, we weighed the investment required to attend Green Festivals versus market research and advertising costs. Attending seven Green Festivals over two years during our product development cycle has transformed our strategy and influenced product development. Even without shipping product, we have attracted almost 1000 Facebook Likes and several hundred mailing list names. From a brand management perspective, Solar Greens Company has found a great partner with Green Festivals to launch My Terrace Farmer and our crowdfunding campaign. The staff has been responsive and supporting, treating our tiny company like family by introducing us to valuable media contacts.” – Solar Greens Company
“Thank you to all the folks who put on the DC GreenFestival in 2014. We had fun, met loads of cool people, all doing different kinds of great green things. What a wonderful opportunity for businesses as well as anyone wanting to connect with sustainable businesses and products.” – Prior Unity Garden
“As a newer brand, Green Festival gave us the platform to connect with sustainable-minded and vegan consumers who want to meet us personally to hear our story of why we are passionate about making a difference in how busy families are eating at home through real, plant-based meal helpers and healthy eating ideas. In the process, we have met other inspiring brands and festival organizers who have been immensely helpful as we innovate and expand our sustainability footprint.” – Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, Founder and CEO, HerbNZest LLC
“It was great to be a part of the NYC and Washington DC Green Festivals! We made a lot of good contacts and thoroughly enjoyed the event. The organizers did a super job and the traffic flow was wonderful!” – Three Bluebirds
“The Green Festival was a great event and very educational. It was nice to be at an event where our products were so well appreciated. Glad to have event goers interested in our Heat Mirror technology embedded in our windows.” – Long Fence and Home
“Participating at the Green Festival NYC for two years in a row helped our Social Enterprise: KENZA International Beauty, providing Organic Moroccan Oils, get recognized not only by the Organic beauty industry but also by the growing number of green beauty customers. We hope to grow enough to be able to participate in all the Green Festivals: Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles.” – KENZA International Beauty
“This is our second year attending Green Festival in DC and this year, like last year, we had a ton of booth traffic from attendees eager to learn! It gives us the unique opportunity to have direct interaction with current and future homeowners about a highly effective, environmentally responsible alternative for Termite Control. Not to mention the networking opportunities and valuable information you share with fellow exhibitors!” – J. Adamson, the Sentricon(R) System
“Exhibiting at a marketplace of kindred minds while working alongside of great people makes the effort to be [at Green Festival] worthwhile. I wish it could go on for a week.” – Melissa Kenney, NYR Organic Independent Consultant
“I love exhibiting at the Green Festivals. The staff members are very pleasant and very communicative. This is the third time for Muffetta Naturals and every show has been a great experience. Well done. See you in New York and DC in 2015.” – Muffetta Naturals
“Green Festival New York was an amazing experience. The positive vibe from the public was overwhelming, and the selection of colleagues made staying at our booth difficult - we wanted to visit everybody! The staff is amazing, and they were super helpful from pre-launch to pack-out, and we are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with The Green Festival in cities all over the country” – David Goodman, Founder, Coco Jack
“We love participating in the Green Festival. We meet so many new volunteers, members, and donors whom otherwise would have no idea we are doing the work we do for healthy food, food access, and a clean Earth.” – Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
“Green Festival is an important part of the marketing support for our two brands - O Organics and Bright Green. The sustainability focus of the Festival and the corresponding demographics of the people attending the shows, provides both an excellent opportunity to educate the public about our brands and the perfect venue to sample new products. In lieu of a large consumer research budget, Green Festival also allows us to connect one on one with sustainability-minded consumers.” - Keith Holloway, Senior Brand Manager, O Organics and Bright Green
“We were so happy to showcase DF Mavens and introduce our dairy free, vegan ice cream to over 15,000 health conscious fans and let them experience a healthy alternative to dairy. We are looking forward to next year's event!” – DF Mavens
“Our long standing relationship with Green Festival proves to be successful year after year. Green Festival allows us to get in front of sustainably conscious consumers who are anxious to hear about our products, meet our people and learn about the steps Clif Bar and Company takes to better our planet.” – Marcie Winkler (Marketing Manager, Clif Bar)
“We love coming to Green Festival and find it a perfect venue to get the word out on our vegan adventure tours in Asia. Not only do we get a chance to meet many attendees who are interested in a green lifestyle and who may not have heard about our company before, but we also get to meet fellow exhibitors who we share a common goal and social interests with. We look forward to exhibiting at many more Green Festivals for years to come.” – Vegan Adventure Tours
“Nativekrafts loved the response and wholesale leads.” – Nativekrafts
“This was our First Green Festival and needless to say, we will be back next year! The show was amazing, the vendors top notch and we are continuing to get orders from companies and individuals who attended. This is the most important Festival a Green Company should attend.” – Violets are Blue
“Green Festival is a great partner in getting our brand and products in front of motivated consumers. Their organized and established approach makes exhibiting easy and effective.” – Ashley Paul, Marketing Coordinator for Hope Foods
Green Festival New York will take place Earth Day weekend, April 21-22, 2012 at the new Javits Center North, so mark your calendars now!
Green Festival found the perfect spot to launch its first New York City event, the new Javits Center North, located on 11th Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets. Unveiled in August 2010, Javits Center North features 80,000 square feet of naturally lighted column-free, high ceiling modern space. JCN is connected to the main building through a 30-foot wide corridor link featuring floor to ceiling glass doors looking onto an outdoor plaza view, adding more natural light and a touch of outdoors. This beautiful space will be the ideal weekend spot for celebrating Earth Day weekend at Green Festival.
"Ten years ago, like now, it was a time of protest. It was a time of no - we don't like this, we don't like that. My dear friend at Global Exchange, Kevin Danaher said, 'We need a YES to this time of no. Let's celebrate solutions!' And that's where the idea of Green Festival came up. You walk the floors of Green Festival and there is such an amazing energy because people are tapping into the yes side of their lives - into solutions" - Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director - Green America
From Green Festival, Green America and Global Exchange, we thank every attendee, volunteer, exhibitor, partner, nonprofit ally, staff member and community catalyst for ten years of dedication, support, growth and celebration. Together, we have made Green Festival the largest, most established and trusted sustainability event in the nation. Here's to many more years of Green Festivals nationwide!
Ten years ago, Green Festival began, with around 13,000 participants, 50 speakers, 125 exhibitors and a handful of special events. Last weekend in San Francisco, over 30,000 Green Festival participants ate, drank, danced, DIY’d, networked and explored their way to cleaner, greener and more sustainable education resources, job opportunities and personal lifestyles. Green Festival celebrated 10 years, 32 festivals and 1 million attendees as the largest, most established and trusted sustainability event in the nation with a continuing commitment to keep celebrating solutions, sharing ideas and bringing green-minded individuals together to tackle our world’s most pressing environmental and social issues.
For shoppers who want to save green – and be greener – during the holiday season, Green America is proud to begin a new tradition that makes the Tuesday after every Thanksgiving “Green Tuesday.”
To kick off this new annual holiday shopping tradition, Green America’s GreenDeals.org website will be offering special deals for the week starting on the first “Green Tuesday,” November 29, 2011.
Much like Groupon does for general shoppers, GreenDeals.org offers discounts and deals from local and national green online businesses that are approved by Green America. GreenDeals.org features a new deal or discount every 24-48 hours. Featured businesses include some of the very companies you will find in the Green Festival Marketplace!
When I was kid, my favorite Thanksgiving blessing was the one that ended, "and bless all those whose hands made and grew this food so that we could enjoy this day in celebration of our blessings." I would picture all the people around the world who had a hand in setting our table. This Thanksgiving, many will take that same moment to consider all the human connections involved in assembling such a meal. Maybe your cranberries, or potatoes, or turkey came from a farmer you know at your local market, or maybe you traveled to a locally owned pumpkin patch to pick the perfect main ingredient for your pie. For other ingredients that aren't so easy to find locally, there are often Fair Trade options that you can choose, to create a world where everyone, everywhere can have a fair deal. The Fair Trade premium associated with these products helps producers build a better life for their families and communities.
You live your life in a “green” way, but do you know what’s happening with the “green” you have invested? Corporate mismanagement, environmental disasters, climate change… sometimes it feels like the world is teetering on disaster. However, you’re coming to the San Francisco Green Festival (and making conscious choices day in and day out) because you believe that through living more sustainably, you are doing your part to make sure that the world is “Too big to fail”. But do you know that at the same time, you may be investing in companies that are working against your ideals?
This weekend at San Francisco Green Festival, Ford will announce the winner of a $5,000 Green Grant! Over 50 project ideas were submitted, each with unique, actionable ideas to better Bay Area communities. The decision was tough, but the five finalists have been chosen! Check out the five local organizations in the running and watch their videos to find out how they would use their green grant!
It's time to celebrate! The 10th Anniversary San Francisco Green Festival is this weekend, November 12-13 at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center!
Discounted tickets are still available online. The deadline for you to purchase your discount online tickets is Friday November 11th at 5pm PST. You can also purchase your tickets at the box office on Saturday and Sunday.
Ride your bike and use the Bike Valet for FREE admission at the door! Students with ID and seniors also receive free admission. Green Festival is at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, located at 635 8th St. If you take the BART, exit at the Civic Center station. You can take the six block walk down Eighth Street to Brannan, or catch a ride with Teacher with a Bus! Pickups and drop-offs occur every 20 minutes in front of the Hotel Whitcomb on Market St. If you bike to the concourse, the Bike Valet is located to the rights side of the Concourse in the parking lot. For further directions to the SF Concourse, visit the Travel Page.
Want to take some of that contagious Green Festival energy home with you?
If you are hoping to expand the impact and inspiration of your Green Festival experience, we invite you to take advantage of an innovative new offering – the Coaching Café!
Working with a local coaching firm, Rigoré Consulting, a group of the Bay Area's top professional coaches will be onsite to talk with you about your personal and professional going-green goals. The Coaching Café will be open throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, offering complimentary one-on-one sessions with the aim of helping you create momentum in an area of your life or work that is meaningful to you.
Green Festival is proud to present fun and interesting programming for all ages, including youth! Check out panels and presentations in the Youth Special Programming track. Also, be sure to visit the Green Kids' Zone and participate in fun artistic and musical performances throughtout the weekend.
Celebrate the work of our young environmental and social justice leaders!
Join Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company for a musical performance on the Main Stage, Saturday at 3:45pm. Then, head to the Ben & Jerry's Community Action Pavilion at 4:30pm for an interactive workshop exploring social issues through movement, theater games and group building exercises. Come prepared to move your body, speak your truth and act from the heart.
What a wonderful weekend! Thanks to Green America, Global Exchange, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and every attendee, volunteer, exhibitor, partner and nonprofit ally whose efforts made the inaugural Los Angeles Green Festival a great success! Thank you to Mayor Villaraigosa for opening the festival with an inspiring speech, celebrating Los Angeles' commitment to a sustainable infrastructure as well as goals and resolves for the future of green in LA.