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Green Festival News

Sierra Club Green Cinema

sierra_clubGreen Festival is excited to partner with the Sierra Club to introduce a wonderful new feature to Green Festival – The Sierra Club Green Cinema! Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. With 1.4 million members strong, Sierra Club chapters around the nation work together, inspired by nature, to protect our local communities and the planet.

In celebration of partnership with this venerable organization, all Sierra Club members who show their membership card at the box office receive FREE admission to Green Festival!

At the Sierra Club Green Cinema, sit back, relax and enjoy short and feature-length documentaries covering a variety of social and environmental topics. Stick around post-screening for film discussions and Q & A.

Submit your Idea to receive Community Green Grant in Chicago and Seattle

Ford-Comm-Grant_Email-OnlinDo you have a brilliant, sustainable idea to benefit your community?

Ford Motor Company and Green Festival are awarding one $5,000 Community Green Grant at each 2011 Green Festival this year! No idea is too small or too big, but to be considered, the idea must be local, innovative and actionable.

The Community Green Grant encourages local non-profit organizations and community leaders to submit their sustainable, forward-thinking ideas to improve the environment or quality of life in their local community.

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day with an Exhibitor Discount for Fair Trade Businesses!

Fair-TradeChicago celebrates World Fair Trade Day on May 6, and continues the celebration at Green Festival May 14-15. To honor Chicago’s achievement of “Fair Trade City” status, which links Chicago to more than 900 other fair trade cities across the globe, Green Festival is offering a 15% discount off to all nationally and locally certified Fair Trade businesses. 

Feature your socially-responsible products and services in the Chicago Green Festival marketplace May 14-15, with a special 15% discount, free move-in, amazing marketing benefits and so much more.

Happy Earth Day


Today, millions of people gather around the globe to celebrate the Earth’s richness and diversity; voice concern about global environmental issues; create solutions for a more sustainable future and rejoice in living a cleaner and greener lifestyle.

Forty-one years ago, Senator Gaylord Nelson created a holiday with the intent to force environmental issues onto the national agenda. It worked, and in the spring of 1970, over 20 million Americans in cities across the country rallied, demonstrated and celebrated their way through the very first Earth Day.  By December of that same year, Congress had authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and by 1990, Earth Day had gone global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

This year, Green Festival celebrates Earth Day by asking some of our favorite visionaries to chime in on what this day means to them. We asked two simple questions...

Plastic Mats for Alley Cats

New-Life-For-Old-Bags2Sandy Ramsey, Executive Director, Cornerstone Community Outreach - Chicago, IL

There are men and women who end up sleeping outside on the ground, sometimes because there’s no room in the area shelters and sometimes by choice, due to mental health or just not wanting to be closed in. Our staff works tirelessly to get them on housing lists, into counseling services and hooked up with medical care. I affectionately call these people: The Alley Cats.

If you drive down a darkened alley to the back of the tire store, you will find any number of homeless men and women sleeping on the cement loading dock. Or if you drive under the elevated CTA tracks in the parking lot behind Aldis, you will find a few people tucked into corners preparing to sleep for the night. Then there is the park along the lake. Sometimes you will see people under bushes, sometimes they are sleeping right out in the open. These are the places where you will find the wonderful plastic mats.

Chicago and Seattle - Here We Come!

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Thank you San Francisco for an amazing weekend. As the weather warms and the flowers bloom, Green Festival springs onward to Chicago and Seattle!

Top 10 Exhibitors

Kitchen-CraftGreen Festival is the most trusted event in the United States, representing a network of thousands of authentic environmental and socially responsible businesses and organizations. Their time, effort, passion and creativity has created a wonderfully diverse green economy that has fueled incredible Green Festival experiences for 1 million attendees, across the nation, over the past 10 years.

This blog will provide a sampling of what you can find at Green Festival this year! Information on every amazing Green Festival exhibitor can be found in the Exhibitor Directory.

Here are highlights of 10 fun, interesting and impactful socially and environmentally conscious Green Festival exhibitors:

Top 10 Speakers

amy-goodmanGreen Festival is where your community comes together to engage with today’s leading authors, celebrities, visionaries and activists from Chicago, and around the world. You will be inspired by the people you meet; enlightened by the workshops you participate in; and empowered by the knowledge you discover.

Here are highlights of 10 of the 125 talented and innovative speakers you will connect with at Chicago Green Festival May 14 - 15:

San Francisco Fun Continues!

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The 2011 San Francisco Spring Green Festival continues today, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Meet Amy Goodman, John Perkins, Sylvia Mendez and many more visionary authors and leaders at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center today! Click on the photo above for a full photo gallery.

San Francisco Green Festival is This Weekend!

GF-SF-Green-MarketplaceYou’ve been hearing about all the exciting happenings at the San Francisco Green Festival long enough. This weekend all the fun finally unfolds as the San Francisco Spring Green Festival kicks off at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.

Stages and pavilions host speakers on everything from greening your home to eco-beauty to how to change the world with what’s on your plate. 

Sustainable Automobile Solutions for Everyone

FordIf you’re reading this on your mobile device while waiting for an oil change, you can closely associate with the type of savings the all-new Ford Focus Electric offers. Simply stated, the Ford Focus Electric will be the easiest car to own that Ford has ever built. No oil changes, no transmission service and no air filter to replace - ever.

Electrification is an important piece of the Ford overall product sustainability strategy. The aggressive strategy includes the launch of five new electrified vehicles in North America by 2012 and Europe by 2013. In addition to Focus Electric, Ford launched the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van in 2010 and will introduce C-MAX Hybrid, a second next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012. The range of electrified vehicles allows Ford to meet a variety of consumer driving needs.