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Spring to Sustainability with Green Festival

PB063339Green Festival is a celebration of what is working in our communities and what is possible today. It’s a gathering of more than 30,000 people with a passion for social justice, ecological balance and a sustainable economy. Whether you want to learn something new from one of our 125 visionary speakers, shop the Green Marketplace for new eco-friendly products, sample local food and wine or introduce your kids to the fun of a green lifestyle in the Green Kids Zone, Green Festival has something for everyone.

10 Reasons to Attend Spring San Francisco Green Festival

PB0632781. Enjoy your unique shopping experience in Green Festival's marketplace with more than 300 local, regional and national green businesses, featuring the latest eco-fashion, organic body products, green building materials, nontoxic childrens' clothing, new cleantech innovations and much more.

2. You can learn to DIY! Hands-on workshops teach you how to grow your own food, install solar panels on your house, compost your leftovers and so much more.

3. Green Festival is fun for the whole family! Bring the kids to play and learn with a variety of interactive performances and enriching activities in the Green Kid’s Zone.

Spring to Life at San Francisco Green Festival

IMG_6116Celebrate Green Festival's 10th Anniversary at the Spring San Francisco Green Festival, April 9th-10th at the SF Concourse Exhibition 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.

When Compromise Means Defending the Indefensible, It’s Time to Embrace Our Idealism

Weil_Zoe-BlogZoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm and Above All, Be Kind

My friend and colleague, Mary Pat Champeau, brought over a Netflix video for a few of us to watch at the Institute for Humane Education. It was called The Girl in the Café, and I figured she’d just landed upon a really entertaining film and wanted to share it. “Just send it back when you’re done,” she said. The Girl in the Café is certainly an entertaining film, but its entertainment value is trumped by its great message.

Be Our Green Valentine

valentineIt's February, and love is in the air! 

One of the best parts of each Green Festival is the variety of green, organic and fair trade businesses in our incredible green marketplace. Our online exhibitor directory makes it easy to connect with your favorite local and national eco-friendly businesses year-round. Find fair trade, organic and green gifts online, or discover retail outlets in your own community. Whether it be for your sweetheart's mind, body or soul, our exhibitor directory has it all. There are even green gifts to pamper your best animal friends!

Here are a few fun green and fair trade gift ideas, activities and resources for Valentines Day that won't break the bank and will be kind to the earth.

Top 10 Volunteers

volunteers_SEAThank you to the 30,000 incredible individuals who have volunteered at Green Festivals over the past ten years. Your passion and dedication served not only to make each festival a success, but also to inspire attendees and further the green and social justice movement. Your tireless work ethic, enthusiasm, kindness, passion and love for Green Festival reflects in every person who enjoys their experience and learns new ways to engage in the green movement. You are our backbone and network in each local community. We thank each and every one of you for 10 years of wonderful service, and we look forward to many more.

We would like to highlight just a few Green Festival volunteers below. Their vibrant passion is an inspiration to everyone they encounter.

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

IMG_9121Volunteering offers a host of new experiences, opportunities, challenges and exciting adventures. Here are the Top 10 Reasons for you to volunteer at Green Festival's 10th Anniversary Celebration.

You can sign up today for our first Spring event in San Francisco; here you can register, review roles and times, then reserve your shift(s). To look at the roles that are available at every event, download the descriptions.

Top 10 Reasons to Exhibit at Green Festival's 10th Anniversary Season

PB063279Hurry! Only a few Green Festival booths left at the 15% discount

This year, Green Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary - 10 years, 1 million attendees!

The first 75 booths in each city receive a 15% discount and these specially discounted booths are nearly gone. This is also the prime time to choose the best locations available before the spring rush. If you haven’t reserved yet please call at your earliest convenience at (828) 236-0324 ext. 300 or email exhibit@greenfestivals.org

10 Years, 1 Million Attendees

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Green Festival celebrates our 10th Anniversary this year, and we invite you to be a part of our coast to coast celebration; 6 festivals, 5 cities, each an extraordinary event.

The first Green Festival took place in San Francisco on November 9-10, 2002, drawing 13,000 participants. The festival featured only 50 speakers, 125 exhibitors and a handful of special events. Now, 10 years, 32 festivals and 1 million attendees later, Green Festival is the largest sustainability event in the world and continues to grow year after year, including two new festivals in 2011: New York and Los Angeles.

Green Your Holidays

Happy Holidays from the Green Festival Team!PB063305

We hope you are enjoying this wonderful season with family and friends. In the hustle and bustle of dinners, parties and events it is sometimes easy to forget the simple things you can do to reduce, reuse and conserve food and holiday materials as well as benefit communities locally and globally. Here are a few tips to help green your holidays!

The Thought That Counts

Fair-TradeThis holiday season, please think not only of the special people who will receive your gifts, but also think of the people who worked hard to make the gifts. Choosing green products and services support businesses that work to solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems. Whether it's through Fair Trade practices that empower farmers and artisans in developing countries, or new healthy innovations to keep toxins out of the products we use everyday, green businesses provide us with ways to use our collective purchasing power to promote social justice and environmental sustainability.