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Green Festival News

Find Your Next Green Career at Green Festival!

greenbizpavGreen America's Green Business Pavilion is the place to go for expert advice from professionals who have successfully launched and continue to own and operate green businesses and organizations throughout the nation. They will share their mistakes, successes and valuable lessons they have learned along their road to becoming green entrepreneurs.

The Green Business Pavilion will host two days of presentations, including how to make your green business "bankable" and the effects of California's green policies on small businesses, as well as exploring Green America's new GreenGain business certification system and much more. Special presentations also include mapping out your green career with Kevin Danaher and Tex Dworkin, as well as a Bay Area Networking Session hosted by SF Green Drinks, Eco Tuesday and Green Jobs Network.

For a full speaker lineup and time-table, visit the Green Business Pavilion Schedule.

Yoga, Meditation, Movement and Dance Classes

gfyoga1jpgOne of the most popular spots at Green Festival is the Yoga and Movement Pavilion. Whether you are a seasoned yogi, or trying out yoga and movement classes for the first time, this is the spot to enjoy two full days of free classes; enjoy meeting Los Angeles' finest yoga, dance, and meditation instructors; stretch yourself to bliss; and take home great tips for peaceful and enjoyable exercise.

Check out the schedule of classes available at Green Festival and come ready to practice yoga, bellydance, meditate, hoop dance and more with the best of Los Angeles:

Breaking up with Your Mega-Bank

breakupbankAlisa Gravitz
Green America

Breaking up with your mega-bank sends a message as loud and clear as a bullhorn in the middle of Wall Street itself. You're shifting power and money away from Wall Street to Main Street -- to the green economy.

Here are the top 6 ways you can break up with your corporate mega-bank today, and use your money to power the new green economy, instead of the old, corrupt, Wall-Street economy:

Skip the Line and Save Money by Purchasing your Festival Tickets Online

labuyticketsAre you ready for Los Angeles Green Festival October 29-30 and San Francisco November 12-13? Thousands of people are excited too - including us! This fall, we are making it easier than ever to get your Green Festival tickets in advance. When you purchase your tickets in advance you will save money and still earn GF Bucks Back in your pocket to spend with your favorite green businesses!

Attending Green Festival is easy and affordable. An all-access pass for 2 days of fun at Green Festival is only $10 when you buy online! For a more comprehensive Green Festival experience, try the Green Festival Fan Admission Pack that includes your weekend passes, an eco-tote bag, organic cotton t-shirts, cafe drink tickets and your lunch at the festival - all for only $48!

Why wait? get your tickets now through our admissions site:

Buy Los Angeles Tickets

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Also, check out ways to trade your time and effort for FREE admission, including volunteering, cycling, taking public transport, recycling electronics and more!

Why Solar Matters

sungevityCory Rae Shaw
Assistant Marketing Manager

With the majority of Americans feeling overwhelmed by rising energy costs (which increases 7% each year from the grid!), more people are looking to clean energy to power their lives, and a smart way to do this is with sunshine. Solar panels take advantage of the most readily available natural resource we have and the possibilities are endless. For example, covering just 4% of the earth with solar panels (like the Gobi Desert) would power the whole world!

Even if we focus on the smaller picture for the U.S., solar is just as bright. Last year, the solar industry grew more than 100% in the U.S., compared to overall GDP growth of less than 3%. This industry growth was reflected in job figures. The number of solar jobs nearly doubled from 2009 to 2010 and is steadily rising in 2011. Over the next 10 years, growth in the renewable energy sector is expected to continually expand.

Ed Begley Jr. and Eric Garcetti Excited about Los Angeles Green Festival

Green Festival caught up with actor/activist Ed Begley Jr. of Planet Green's "Living with Ed," and LA City Council President, Eric Garcetti, on a sunny Sunday in Los Angeles during CicLAvia, an event in which 7.5 miles of LA streets were closed to cars and open to walking, cycling, skating and playing. Both expressed their excitement about the upcoming Los Angeles Green Festival and want you to get excited too!

DISCOUNT TICKETS are available online now! Check out the program-rich Event Guide, plan your weekend and save money!

The Benefits of Plant-Based Living

plantbaseddietEarth Balance

The plant-based diet is no longer a trend or for activists. In fact, word about its benefits is spreading to the masses, and in a big way. With the recent release of the documentary Forks Over Knives, coverage of plant-based diet health benefits by Oprah, Martha Stewart, Ellen, Dr. Oz and more, and the plethora of vegan cookbooks hitting shelves, there has been an awakening of ‘healing with food,’ and an abandoning of animal products by many.

In a recent survey conducted by Bon Appétit Management Company, it was found that over 13% of college students are vegetarian. If vegetarianism was a college major it would be the most popular major at all universities. Plant-based eating is not just a fad – it’s a lifestyle that is here to stay.

Calling All Young Environmentalists! Fun and games in the Green Kids' Zone

yogachildGreen Festival isn't just for adults - there's plenty to do for green kids too! Head to the Green Kids' Zone at Los Angeles Green Festival for fun crafts, sweet smarts Halloween adventures, stories, music and much more! Learn about your natural world, and why it is important to save forests, clean our rivers and oceans, preserve species, honor human rights and take care of Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants for generations to come!

Here are some of the fun and fabulous activities you will find in the Green Kids' Zone:

Statement in Support of Occupy Wall Street

benandjerrysoccupyBen & Jerry’s Board of Directors

We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity. The issues raised are of fundamental importance to all of us. These include:

  • The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.
  • We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.
  • Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.
  • Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.
  • Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.

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.