“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
“I'm honored to present my hemp documentary film BRINGING IT HOME at Green Festivals around the U.S. It's an incredible sustainability event bringing together diverse attendees, interesting speakers and environmental conscious healthy products to create positive energy and awareness!” – Linda Booker, Director of “Bringing it Home" Documentary and Green Festival Presenter
“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
Fair Trade LA has just launched a campaign to make the City of Los Angeles the largest Fair Trade City in the country. The LA Green Festival provided us the opportunity to share this effort, to educate interested consumers about Fair Trade and to present at workshops at the Green Festival on how Fair Trade can have a positive impact on human trafficking and sweatshop working conditions around the globe. - Fair Trade LA
“Green Festival was a fantastic venue to debut the SunFriend, the wearable UV/Sun monitor that keeps you safer in the sun without chemicals and helps you optimize your vitamin D levels naturally! Being able to tell when you have enough sun for the day resonated with the "green" crowd.” – UVA+B SunFriend
“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
“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
“It was our first time attending Green Festival NYC, and we couldn't have been happier. There were hundreds of green vendors with innovative sustainable products. We were blown away, and will definitely be back next year!” – NYC WasteMatch and ReuseNYC (our sister program)
“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 try never to miss presenting at a Green Festival because of the spirit and enthusiasm of the attendees and the professionalism and support of the Green Festival staff. Green Festival is not just a place for health nuts, it’s a welcoming place for everyone to come and gain information about living a brighter, healthier lifestyle.” – Leslie Durso
“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
“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
“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
“Our experience at Greenfest, was a joyful reminder that our Fair Trade products are special. Up until now, we have been an online-only business. But watching how customers loved our products in person was our inspiration to open a brick and mortar storefront The One Eyed Turtle, in Allentown, NJ. We chose an historical site and are preparing to open this month! Thank you Greenfest Customers! And thank you Greenfest organizers!” – The ONE EYED Turtle
“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
“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
“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
“Our presence at the DC Green Festival allowed us to personally interact with a large number of perfect customers for our eco-friendly upholstery. It allowed us to show samples and let people touch and feel our products, taking it offline and to the public. The show staff was very supportive, and everyone we came in contact with was very professional.” – Ken Fonville, EcoSelect Furniture – Custom Leather & Hemp Sofas, Loveseats, and Chairs
“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
I'd like to thank Green Festivals for providing us a platform to share our dream of forming creative and informed leaders in the sustainable development movement, The opportunity to connect with hundreds of current and potential leaders from all ages and walks of life was everything we dreamed of. Over the three day festival we had almost 200 people come to our table to sign up for our free online course. Our panel discussion presented an opportunity to share our vision with potential partners and clients, and has led to exciting new opportunities for collaboration.
Another incredibly useful aspect were the free advisory sessions with dozens of experienced specialists representing different business areas such as marketing and fundraising. As we get this project off the ground, their advice and critique of our model and strategies have proven to be invaluable.
We look forward to collaborating with the Green Festival in the future, and are excited about the role this visionary event can play in the continued growth of our program, and in the development of sustainable development leaders for generations to come. - Zachary Towne-Smith, Earth Rights Institute
“This is our first year joining Green Festival and the response was overwhelming. It's great to be surrounded by companies that have similar green goals. And we've received such great responses from new vegans, vegetarians, and health conscious consumers. It was a great experience and we definitely look forward to the event next year.” – May Wah
“We loved participating in the Green Festival this year and were honored to be a part of America's largest sustainability and green living event. We are committed to creating foods that are beneficial, sustainable, and nutritious, and we were thrilled to share this desire to create a positive impact with Green Festival exhibitors and attendees alike. Thank you to Green Festival for organizing such a successful event--we will definitely be back!” – NUWI
This was our first year to participate in this inspiring and important event that brings together the most innovative and amazing people and businesses in the Los Angeles area under one roof. We felt welcomed and supported in every way possible from the organizers, volunteers, vendors and customers. We are truly grateful and honored to be part of such an event and hope to be back next year! It is enlightening to be part of the global community of sustainability and Green Festivals has been and continues to be the glue that brings us all together. - Annie Goeke, Earth Rights Institute
“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
“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)
“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
“The 2014 Green Festival in NYC was our first time participating as a vendor. We found the Green Festival staff and their affiliates very helpful and supportive, permitting us to focus on reaching our target prospects and on growing our business. The event also allowed us to make valuable contacts. The festival attendees showed a lot of interest in Alapure’s products and we saw a nice boost of traffic to our website after the festival. We will definitely be a part of the event in the future!” – Alapure Cosmetics
“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
“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 had a great time exhibiting at the Green Festival in NYC. It is a one of a kind event, with a great atmosphere, and a lot of visitors. We have made a lot of professional connection and got a great feedback on our guide from the attendees.” – HolisticNewYork.com
“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
“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
“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
“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)
“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
“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
“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
“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
Since Green Festival, Tomato Sushi has really grown. Our Twitter and Facebook accounts have swelled with followers from all over the world. We have major groups like PETA, Sea Shepard, and Black fish following us! Also, Cornell University has approached Tomato Sushi to speak at their annual vegan conference, as well as the SF Veg Festival. Our Kickstarter campaign is about 50% funded in 2 days! And we are in talks with other backers as well. I wanted to let you know this because our success really speaks to what a great venue the Green Festival is. Being a part of your event completely changed our business into something much more. We would not be where we are today if it were not for the platform that your venue offers. Thank you, thank you, thank you! - Tomato Sushi
“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
“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
“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
“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
“Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now.”–Renowned water/environmental activist (and Global Exchange ally) Maude Barlow
As we ring in 2012, let the revolution begin! From Tunisia to New York, from Spain and Greece to Oakland and ‘Occupies’ everywhere, people have taken to the streets to reclaim what is rightfully ours.We the 99% seek more than the illusion of democracy… we want government in the hands of the people, not the corporations. We want just, fair, sustainable policies that benefit the majority — not only the wealthy few.
Volunteering at Green Festival offers many new experiences, great opportunities and exciting adventures.
Whether you want to meet new friends, receive school credit, help-out that resume or learn a new skill, Green Festival is the place to do it! Become part of the Green Festival team and directly contribute to the success of an event that promotes social justice and environmental responsibility in NYC and around the world.
Green Festival volunteers are the key to every event! You become a ‘green ambassador,’ assisting Green Festival attendees/exhibitors and also taking back your experience to your home, school, workplace and community.
You can sign up today to volunteer at the first ever New York Green Festival on Earth Day weekend April 21-22, 2012!
This holiday season, Sungevity thanks Green Festival and Green America for being part of the solar community and spreading solar to supporters and friends. With the help of our non-profit partners like Green America, Sungevity has put more than $400,000 into the non-profit sector this year. This money has gone toward cleaning our waterways, educating our children, and preventing dirty energy measures, among many other amazing efforts. Not to mention the impact of the solar systems themselves! So far, the Sungevity community solar installations have...
As 2011 comes to a close we look to the New Year for a fresh beginning, new resolves and changes to better ourselves, our communities and our world. In the spirit of a cleaner and brighter 2012, Green America is encouraging our Green Festival fans and friends to take action on several important issues.
The Green Festival lives on – and comes straight to your computer screen through the Green America Gift Guide, featuring dozens of great green and Fair Trade businesses. You may recognize many of these great companies from the Green Festival Marketplace. Support green businesses during the holiday season by taking advantage of these discount offers – this is a great compilation of products for anyone and everyone on your list – including you!
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?