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Green Festival News

Organic? Vegetarian? Vegan? That is the Question

GFSFFood3We ask, “Why do you come to Green Festival?” More often than not, people answer, “the food!”

Green Festival is proud to offer local organic vegan and vegetarian faire that is easy on the wallet, healthy, delicious and good for the soul. While offering many well-known favorites such as the ever-famous falafel, vegan corn dog and garlic fries, Green Festival seeks to explore a variety of cultural approaches to flavor and nutrition that incorporate flavors from nations around the world. The fun of Green Festival cuisine exists in trying the best new local restaurants and exploring the possibilities in organic, vegan, vegetarian and raw snacks and meals – all while discovering the fun of growing and creating your own food!

The Sorry State of Airline Recycling

volunteerrecycleTodd Larson
Green America

If you have flown you have seen it: flight attendants coming down the aisle with a bag to collect trash.

The average airline passenger generates 1.3 lbs. of waste per flight. This might not seem like a large amount. But, in 2008, there were 678 million airline passenger trips in the United States alone, which generated over 881 million lbs. of waste.

Nearly 75 percent of this waste is recyclable. Unfortunately, only 20 percent is actually recycled.

Building Green Festival from the Ground Up! Working with the LA Host Committee

LA-Host-Committee-2The Los Angeles Green Festival Host Committee launch had a great turnout for its first meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at L.A. City Hall. More than 75 talented professionals gathered in the magnificent Tom Bradley Tower Room to discuss the hot topic: Green Festival coming to Los Angeles the weekend of October 29 and 30.

In addition to hearing from Green America Executive Director Alisa Gravitz, Global Exchange co-founder Dr. Kevin Danaher and Seven-Star Events President Georgia Malki, local movers and shakers in the room included:  Paula Daniels, City of Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner; Beth Jines, Director of Sustainability, City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor; Rafael Gonzales, City of Los Angeles Chief Service Officer, and enthusiastic local business owners, nonprofit representatives and community leaders in the green movement.

Summer Reading

GFCHI2011BookstoreEvery Green Festival is fortunate to host a number of incredible authors, leaders and visionaries. The Green Festival bookstore is one of the most popular hot spots on the festival floor for a reason, as attendees can browse titles by speakers as well as meet their favorite authors during book signings. Whether your interest lies in the political, environmental, social or scientific realm, here is some light, and not-so-light summer reading to get you in gear for another Green Festival season:

Green Festival Returns to San Francisco to celebrate 10 years, 1 million attendees.

GFSFHallshotGreen Festival is thrilled to celebrate its 10th Anniversary November 12-13, 2011 at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, so mark your calendars now!

On November 9-10, 2002, the first Green Festival was born out of the creativity, resourcefulness and determination of two nonprofits, Green America (then Coop America) and Global Exchange.

The first Green Festival brought 13,000 participants and featured only 50 speakers, 125 exhibitors and a handful of special events. 10 years, 32 festivals and 1 million attendees later, Green Festival is the largest, most established and trusted sustainability event in the nation, and continues to grow year after year.

Whether it will be your first Green Festival or your 10th, head to the Concourse to join the celebration commemorating 10 years of growing, sharing and flourishing to become the nation’s largest and most trusted sustainability event.

Green Festival Launches in Los Angeles!

GFSFFestGreen Festival Los Angeles will take place October 29-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, so mark your calendars now!

Green Festival is excited to head to the Los Angeles Convention Center because it is a green community, both physically and environmentally. In 2008, the Los Angeles Convention Center became the first Convention Center of its age and size in the U.S to be awarded LEED-EB from the United States Green Building Council. The Los Angeles Convention Center's constant efforts to progressively explore, test, and implement new and innovative Earth-friendly initiatives exemplify it's commitment to environmental stewardship.

Trick or Treat?! The Los Angeles Green Festival happens Halloween weekend, so wear your best eco-friendly costumes and trick or treat your way around the festival floor for sustainable samples and Fair Trade delights!

Find all your holiday gifts under one roof! The Green Festival Marketplace is the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for all of your green shopping needs. Find non-toxic products for your home, office and garden; organic wellness products for your body and mind; beautiful earth-friendly eco-fashion for yourself and your family; tasty vegan and vegetarian foods; Fair Trade goods; organic beer and wine and much more!

Eco-Friendly Home and Garden Resources

greenhomeWhen it comes to maintaining an environmentally-conscious living space and garden space, there are a lot of ideas and options out there. Tools and methods for water conservation, energy efficiency and household renewable energy sources, weatherization, herb and vegetable garden maintenance and so much more exists to help you save on bills, be more self sufficient and be conscious of your lifestyle impact. There are plenty of local and national businesses available with the expertise to help you decide the appliances, building materials and household products that are right for you. Here are a few easy ideas and resources to help you on your way to a happy and healthy green home and garden.

Summer Fashion

summer-fashionSummer is upon us and its time for warm weather fashion! Whether you are hanging out with friends and family, traveling on vacation, going to yoga class, celebrating at a summer party or heading out for a night on the town, it is important to both look and feel great in the outfits you choose. In honor of summer fashion, below are stylish organic, recycled and Fair Trade clothing choices, all made in environmental and social responsible ways, for you to look fabulous while helping revolutionize the fashion world. Look forward to seeing each of these fantastic companies in the Green Festival Marketplace this fall.

Celebrate Red, White, Blue and Green

GF-SF-GreenAmerican2Summer is here and one of America’s greatest holidays, Independence Day, is quickly approaching. As the nation celebrates its birthday with barbecues, parties, festivals and more, it is sometimes hard to be resource responsible, as well as take into account your friend's and family's differing tastes and diets. Here are several green and socially responsible companies to help you celebrate red, white, blue and green this 4th of July:

Green Gifts for a Happy Father's Day

fathers-daySunday, June 19th is Father’s Day, the day to celebrate the influence fathers and father figures have in our lives.

Sometimes it is a challenge to find the perfect socially responsible and eco-friendly gift to suit your dad’s interests. The Green Festival marketplace is here to help, with gift ideas for all green dads!

Whether your dad is a green building fan, works in an eco-friendly office or is king of the organic kitchen, Green Festival can help find the perfect present. Here are a few affordable and eco-friendly ways to say thanks to your green dad:

"Raise the Bar Hershey" Rally in Times Square NYC

kennedy-590x391Elizabeth O'Connell - Green America Fair Trade Program
Hershey "Raise the Bar" Campaign

Yesterday was a sizzling day to be in Times Square, and not just because it was 97 degrees and sunny! Students and others from across New York and even further came together in front of the Hershey store to say "What do we want? Fair Trade? When do we want it? Now!"

In fact, so many people showed up for the "Raise the Bar, Hershey" that we had to expand to both sides of Broadway. We shouted call and response chants from one side of the street to the other to make sure that everyone in Times Square could hear what we were asking for.

Students from Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, New Jersey and others came to the rally as a field trip, since they had been learning about social justice in their classrooms. Many of them had made posters with original messages like "Hershey Tastes Good, Feels Bad." See pictures from the rally here.