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San Francisco Programming - A First Look

spectatorsTime flies, and the 10th Anniversary San Francisco Green Festival, November 12-13 at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center, is right around the corner! Excitement is building in the San Francisco community as we prepare to celebrate a ten-year milestone of local, regional, national and global solutions for social justice, ecological balance and a sustainable economy. A wealth of knowledge awaits every attendee, from practical tips to green your everyday life, to invaluable insights into our most pressing current environmental and societal issues, and fun and enriching ways to bring your family and friends together to help your local communities. Feature topics include Community Action, DIY at home, Green Building, Green Kids, Fair Trade, Green Careers, Sustainable Home and Garden, Green Business and much more. Here is a preview of some of the incredible speakers and programming that awaits you at Green Festival!

It's October - Happy Fair Trade Month!

ben-and-jerrys-fair-tradeCelebrate Fair Trade Month this October with Green Festival Partner - Ben & Jerry's!

Ben & Jerry's has made a significant commitment to Fair Trade ingredients and the global Fair Trade movement. They are in the process of converting ingredients to Fair Trade Certified globally where they feel they can have the greatest impact on improving the lives of farmers, strengthening communities and protecting the environment.

The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding - and to support local Vermont communities.

Fair Trade Month celebrates our purchasing power to make a difference in the world by supporting products that are sustainably created, ethically sourced and socially and environmentally responsible. Fair Trade Month celebrates those who support a market that fights poverty, protects the environment, builds sustainable businesses, empowers women and supports education.

Good for Your Wardrobe and Gentle on the Earth: Every-Day Eco-Fashion at Green Festival

ecofashion5Green Festival’s Everyday Eco-Fashion Show is an exciting look at how you can make eco-conscious clothing a part of your everyday life. Every person’s wardrobe has its own personality and this show will feature styles that fit perfectly into your closet!

Exhibitors will feature their newest trends of eco-friendly wear. Each exhibitor has a different inspiration and style to create clothing that is fabulous and fun while gentle on the earth in creation and production. This show will offer a diversity of looks and options including hemp, organic cotton and Fair Trade clothing.

Hemp is a popular trend in eco-fashion, known for the textile’s many benefits. The casual looks of Jungmaven and Dash Hemp will feature everyday looks for men and women with minimal environmental impact. Hemp uses less chemicals and resources than that of cotton clothing and provides a stylish and comfortable look all in one.

The Media Revolution at Green Festival

sierra-club-green-cinemaLos Angeles has an incredibly diverse and unique legacy in media. From the pioneering efforts of MySpace and the Huffington Post, to the rapid growth of Twitter and YouTube, and from TV and radio, to feature films, Los Angeles stands as one of America’s greatest hot spots of media content, innovation and community.

Green Festival is proud to unveil two brand new pavilions in Los Angeles: Sierra Club Presents: Media Revolution and Green Cinema and the Social Media Hub. Head to these communication hubs and spend time with a variety of media experts to find out about the latest in social media technologies and tactics; discuss the evolution of green in film; and gain real-life experience from industry leaders in social activism, blogging, website management and much more.

Help Spread the word…Plan to attend

audienceCome and celebrate Green Festival’s 10th Anniversary in a brand new city AND return to the city where it all started in 2001.

Join us at the first-ever Los Angeles Green Festival October 29-30, and our 10th San Francisco Green Festival November 12-13. Help spread the word to your friends, family and all contacts in Los Angeles and San Francisco so they don’t miss out!

Help spread the word …

Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and share posts, event invites and tweets! Keep up with us throughout each festival weekend by using the hashtag #greenfest.

Submit Your Idea to Receive a Community Green Grant in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Ford-Comm-Grant_Email-OnlinDo you have a brilliant, sustainable idea to benefit your community?

Ford Motor Company and Green Festival are awarding one $5,000 Community Green Grant at each 2011 Green Festival this year! No idea is too small or too big, but to be considered, the idea must be local, innovative and actionable.

The Community Green Grant encourages local non-profit organizations and community leaders to submit their sustainable, forward-thinking ideas to improve the environment or quality of life in their local community.

Stay updated, and Help Spread the Word!

gf-sf-announceLos Angeles Green Festival is quickly approaching! The Green Festival team has been hard at work programming 12 program rich stages and pavilions. This inspiring 2-day event will feature over 125 speakers and dozens of workshops, as well as Spanish language programming. Speaker bios and stage schedules are now online, including the fun and fabulous Green Kids’ Zone. Now is the time to plan your Green Festival weekend and spread the word about LA Green Festival to your friends, family and coworkers!

Still Time to Raise the Bar - The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company - 2011 Edition

raise-the-bar-2011Green America
Global Exchange
International Labor Rights Forum

September 2011 marks the ten-year anniversary of when major chocolate companies, including Hershey, committed to ending child and forced labor in their cocoa supply chains1. However, hundreds of thousands of children in West Africa continue to labor on cocoa farms2 that provide the key ingredient for much of the chocolate consumed in the United States and around the world. 

It has also been one year since the Raise the Bar, Hershey! campaign released its first report evaluating Hershey’s corporate social responsibility policies, Time to Raise the Bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company. The report found that Hershey lagged behind its competitors in sourcing cocoa that had been independently certified to comply with international labor rights standards.

Bag Wars - Plastic Bag Giants Superbag and Advance Poly Split from Hilex Poly, Drop Out Of Lawsuit Against ChicoBag

GF_SF_Bag_MonsterHilex Poly, Standing Alone, Settles Case with ChicoBag and Agrees to Change Position on Wind-Blown Litter and Recycling Rates

Chico, CA - The ChicoBag Company, a reusable bag company, has announced today, that the lawsuit filed against it by Hilex Poly Company, LLC, Superbag Operating, LTD., and Advance Polybag, Inc.-three  of the largest domestic manufacturers of disposable single-use plastic bags-has ended.

The plastic bag giants, which have also sued municipalities over bag bans or fees, had initiated the suit against ChicoBag alleging that the company's "Learn The Facts" page, (which contains widely accepted third party statistics regarding the impact of single-use plastic bags on the environment) was false and misleading, and had resulted in 'irreparable harm' to their companies.

Building Green Festival from the Community - Working with the SF Host Committee

SFhostcommittee5The San Francisco Green Festival's host committee had a great first meeting on August 17th at The Hub in San Francisco. Over 80 people from diverse backgrounds collaborated towards making Green Festival's 10th Anniversay event on November 12-13th a great success!

Attendees heard from Kevin Danaher, co-founder of social justice nonprofit Global Exchange, and co-founder of Green Festival, about the event's rich 10 year history. Next to speak was San Francisco Green Festival Regional Director June Brashares who spoke about the diverse and exciting program in store for all who attend. Finally, San Francisco Green Festival Marketing Coordinator and Regional Volunteer Manager Bryan Ting talked about the importance of enthusiastic input from the community in making positive change and how Green Festival volunteers help make every festival a success.

Child Labor, the Not-so-Sweet Side of Chocolate

stopchildlaborElizabeth O'Connell
Green America

Monday, September 19th will mark the ten-year anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol -- an agreement by the country's largest chocolate companies to put an end to forced child labor in the chocolate industry by 2005.

Ten years after chocolate companies made this commitment, there is still much to be done. While some companies have begun to make the switch to Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa, one company stands out as lagging far behind its peers: Hershey.

America's oldest and largest chocolate manufacturer must not be allowed to profit at the expense of children in West Africa. Instead of just sending a message to The Hershey Company, Green America asks that you send a message to your whole community, through letters to the editor, blogs and social networking, that highlights this issue in as we approach the ten-year anniversary of the Harkin-Engel Protocol.