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Speaker Spotlight: Sylvia Mendez

MENDEZ_SYLVIAOn February 15, 2011, President Barack Obama presented civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez with the Medal of Freedom. “She has made it her mission to spread her message of tolerance and opportunity to children of all backgrounds and all walks of life,” Obama said.

Sylvia Mendez is the daughter of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant, who fought so that Sylvia could have an equal education through the 1946 landmark court case Mendez v. Westminster.

Move Your Feet to the Beat

GF-SF-Music-StageWhat is that sound? It's the sound of sweet, soulful and rockin' tunes from Green Festival's musical performers! Head on over to the Music Stage throughout the weekend and bust a move to the rhythm of reggae, waves of world music, amazing acoustics or funky folklore.

Also, be sure to check out a very special Main Stage musical performance on Saturday at 5:30pm!

All of the amazing musicians performing at Green Festival do their part to make a a more eco-conscious and socially just world. Check out a sampling of sounds from the wonderful artists you will find at San Francisco Green Festival:

10 Reasons to Attend Chicago Green Festival

GF_Chicago_Panel1. Meet renowned authors, leaders, educators, activists and visionaries

Engage with award winning journalists, New York Times bestsellers, actors, innovators and educational experts as they discuss today’s most pressing environmental and social issues and what we can do to create a more sustainable and socially just future.

2. Learn what new green education programs and careers await you

Green business, sustainable technology and renewable energy are just some of the many quickly growing sectors in the job market. Get educated and find your place in the green economy!

Family Fun in the Green Kids' Zone

San_Francisco_KidsThis year, you will find a bigger and better Green Kids' Zone at Green Festival than ever before! Bring your family to Green Festival in San Francisco April 9 – 10 and enjoy fun for all ages! Fun and enriching kid’s activities include eco-carnival games, reptile encounters, wearable craft projects, yoga, Green Kids parade and much more. Visit the Green Kid's Zone and meet Flow the Water Woman and Aquaman - these time travelers from a land far away will lead kids on a journey through the natural world as they learn to reduce, reuse and recycle as well as love and protect Mother Earth. Explore the wonder of the world and learn why water, eco-systems, animal species and habitats are worth saving.

Exhibitors: “More than a Marketplace”

Exhibitor_1_Teatulia"Green Festivals are the best. Basically, everyone who attends is interested in living as a whole human being--physically, intellectually and spiritually. You can see it in people's faces and you can feel the sense of community. It's so uplifting."  -Rob, Inner Traditions- Bear & Co.

Socially and environmentally responsible exhibitors make possible what Green Festival’s Green Marketplace is all about: a place to learn, share ideas and support the green movement with your dollars.

Green Festival Glimmers in the Emerald City

seattle_GFCelebrate Green Festival's 10th Anniversary at the Seattle Green Festival, May 21st-22nd at Qwest Event Center!

A project of Green America and Global Exchange, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 27 years, Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses. Green Festival's interactive marketplace and learning environment provides solutions to help make healthier lives—socially, economically and environmentally.

Global Women's Water Initiative

The Global Women's Water Initiative includes The Women's Earth Alliance, Crabgrass and A Single Drop. For more information visit http://africanwomenandwater.org and http://www.womensearthalliance.org/

The Women's Earth Alliance is a San Francisco Green Festival non-profit ally in the "Pay it Forward, Get it Back" admissions campaign. Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) creates innovative solutions to issues of water, food and land through collaborative initiatives that train, connect, and empower emerging women leaders. Visit the San Francisco admissions page and click on the Women's Earth Alliance logo to learn more about how you can get involved.

Changing the Face of Green: 5 Leaders of the NOW Generation

Harris_ZakiyaZakiya Harris, Co-Founder Grind for the Green; Earthseed Consulting, LLC

It is often said that young people are the next generation, poised to inherit the earth that we adults will pass on to them. However, many youth of today aren’t waiting for adults to give them a “pass.” Instead, they are taking action now in their everyday lives to be the change they want to see in the world.

These admirable young activists include those working to create an equitable food system in Richmond, CA, home to one of the largest oil refineries in the country, becoming Fair Trade advocates at the age of 10 and co-founding a project to create economically-sustainable biofuels in India. This year’s spring edition of the San Francisco Green Festival will feature 5 change makers who are building a youth-led movement for environmental equity, and creating a ripple effect throughout the globe in the process. Join us in a celebration of the NOW Generation!

The Green Standard

PB073520March is all about the green— St. Patrick’s Day brings green drinks, emerging farmer’s markets bring green food and spring brings green leaves. While surrounded by green, give yourself a little pinch and remember the best green of all: the green standard of sustainability and social justice.

Every Green Festival exhibitor is rigorously screened for commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice using Green America’s green business standards. 

The Fabulous Beekman Boys Premieres Tonight!

Beekman1Green Festival is excited to have The Fabulous Beekman Boys speak at the San Francisco Green Festival. They’ll dish from the main stage about their journey as transplants from New York City to Beekman Farm in upstate New York, where they are raising 80 goats, two pigs, a dozen chickens and a narcissistic llama. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge have urban professional backgrounds and they're now making goat milk soap.