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Green Festival News

The 8th DC Green Festival Launches September 29-30


The 8th DC Green Festival will take place September 29-30, 2012 in our nation's capital, so mark your calendars now!

 Green Festival, the nation's largest and most diverse sustainability event will return to the Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW. DC Green Festival will offer not only an incredible sense of community but also the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping and having fun! DC Green Festival will feature an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; an environmental film installation presented by the Sierra Club; an eco-fashion showcase; a Green Pets Stage; hands-on DIY workshops; cooking demonstrations;  live interactive art; an organic beer and wine garden; and, an incredible Green Marketplace featuring products and services from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.

The Road to Rio+20: Democracy Now!


With #RioPlusSocial and #Rioplus20 trending online, attendees gathering and talks underway, the Rio+20 Summit launches today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In celebration of Rio+20, United Nations Earth Summit, Green Festival teamed up with Fund Balance and HuffPost GREEN to launch live global coverage of the first NYC Green Festival. Enjoy re-releases of memorable keynotes from our inaugural NYC Green Festival, held on Earth Day weekend at Javits Center North.

Today, we feature award winning investigative journalist, author and host of the nation's largest independent news network, Amy Goodman. Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a daily, independent global news hour, sydicated to over 1,000 public TV and radio stations around the globe. Goodman is renowned for her determined approach to discovering truth outside of the limitations of mainstream media and bringing to light important voices often ignored.

The Road to Rio+20: Corporations are Not People, Money is Not Speech!

occupythedreampanelIt’s officially the Road to Rio+20!

In anticipation of the upcoming United Nations Earth Summit, Rio+20, Green Festival teamed up with Fund Balance and HuffPost GREEN to launch live global coverage of the first NYC Green Festival.

Today, we are featuring the panel "Occupy the Dream Presents: Corporations are Not People. Money is Not Speech." Hear from media icon and GlobalGrind founder, Russell Simmons; civil rights activitst Dr. Benjamin Chavis; investigative journalist and AmpedStatus founder, David Degraw; and, Occupy.com founder, Josh Silver as they discuss mobilizing in 2012 to get money out of politics.

The Road to Rio+20: The Future We Want

rioplus20panelIt’s officially the Road to Rio+20!

In anticipation of the upcoming United Nations Earth Summit, Rio+20, Green Festival teamed up with Fund Balance and HuffPost GREEN to launch live global coverage of the first NYC Green Festival.

In celebration of the lead up to this monumental event, we will be re-releasing memorable keynote presentations from NYC Green Festival.

Today, we are featuring a stake holder’s panel on the topic of Rio +20, featuring: Carl Safina of the Blue Ocean Institute; Dan Lashoff, Senior Policy Advisor at the NRDC; Daniel Sheppard of the UN Develoment Agency; Paul Miller, aka DJ SPOOKY; and, James Hanusa, Organizer of the Rio+20 Summit.

See You in DC, SF and LA This Fall!

gfvolunteerswebThanks to everyone who participated in Green Festival this spring, helping us to kick off 2012 with a bang!

We had a blast celebrating Earth Day in NYC April 21-22, and returning to Chicago's iconic Navy Pier May 5-6.

We're gearing up for a busy summer as we launch three more Green Festivals this fall!

We're returning to Washington, DC September 29-30 at the DC Convention Center. In November, Green Festival is headed west, returning to the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, November 10-11 and the Los Angeles Convention Center, November 17-18. Stay tuned throughout the summer for exciting program updates and event news!

Thank You Chicago!

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Green Festival continued its 2012 season in the Windy City, returning to iconic Navy Pier, Saturday and Sunday May 5-6. Throughout the weekend, over 24,000 participants ate, drank, shopped and discovered their way to a greener economy and the opportunity to embrace healthier, eco-conscious and socially-just lifestyles. Click the snapshots above to launch a photo gallery! For more photos, visit our Facebook page.

Thanks to Green America and Global Exchange, as well as every attendee, volunteer, exhibitor, partner and nonprofit ally whose efforts made Chicago Green Festival a great success!

Vote for your Favorite Ford Community Green Grant Finalist at Chicago Green Festival

ford_ccg_nycThis weekend at Chicago Green Festival, Ford will announce the winner of a $5,000 Green Grant! Many project ideas were submitted, each with unique, actionable ideas to better Chicago and its surrounding communities. The decision was tough, but the five finalists have been chosen!

Come to Chicago Green Festival this weekend May 5-6 at Navy Pier, Hall A, and vote for your favorite to receive the Community Green Grant. Every vote counts!

Check out the five local organizations in the running:

The Voice of the Green Movement in Chicago


dot_green_blogGreen Festival Chicago, coming up this weekend, is a wonderful opportunity for you to join DotGreen as we unite with thousands of others worldwide in the green movement, and amplify our voices around this common cause.

Let your voice be heard at Green Festival Chicago! Let's tweet, post, pin, and ping, and see how many people we can engage with our green effect this weekend!

DotGreen, located at booth 1213-1215, will be featuring a giant monitor streaming the latest #greenfest, @GreenFestival, and @DotGreenTLD tweets to project your message to not only the festival audience, but to the #greenmovement and the #gogreen global audiences on Twitter! Come by to connect with us and learn more about sharing your green messages, and about the future of the .green Top-Level Domain, designed to boost awareness on the Internet in a whole new way in 2013.

Family Fun at the Green Kids Zone

gfnyckidszoneEveryone knows the real party is at the Green Kids Zone! Bring your family to Green Festival in Chicago May 5-6 and enjoy two days of fun for all ages.

Entertaining and enriching activities include animal and insect encounters, yoga, story time, playing with your food and more!

Explore the wonder of the world and learn why it is important to protect and conserve water, eco-systems, animal species and habitats.

Chicago Green Festival is This Weekend, May 5-6 at Navy Pier

gfnycexhibitorsChicago Green Festival is only days away! Join us this weekend, May 5-6 at Navy Pier!

Connect with your local community to find ideas and innovations that help you take the next green steps in your life. Hundreds of speakers, exhibitors, DIY workshops, films, eco-fashion designs, cooking demos, kid’s activities and more will inspire your actions to find sustainable solutions every day!

Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Green Festival is located in Hall A, the first of two halls towards the end of the pier.

Admission is affordable on any budget. Purchase your ticket online for a special discount price! Support Green Festival and get the full experience by purchasing a Fan Pass. Online ticket sales end Friday at 5pm.

Plan ahead for presentations you want to catch and exhibitors you would like to see by viewing the Chicago Event Guide online. Look for the book icon to denote book signings immediately after presentations!