Green Festival News

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.

Green Festival Breezes Back into the Windy City

GF_Chicago_overview_2010Celebrate Green Festival's 10th Anniversary at the Chicago Green Festival, May 14th-15th at McCormick Place Lakeside!

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.

Affordable Admission on Any Budget

GF_SF_Box_OfficeAs the familiar saying goes, “when there’s a will, there’s a way.” When it comes to attending Green Festival, there are plenty of both! Here is a breakdown of the many budget-friendly ways to get into Green Festival.

Save money and time by purchasing your ticket online. Purchase your Green Festival ticket by visiting the “Buy Tickets!” tab and receive a discount. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the box office throughout the festival weekend. Youth 18+ under are free. Students (with ID), seniors, cyclists (with bike valet ticket) and public transit riders (with ticket stub) receive a discount at the door. Local, state and federal government employees with a valid work ID receive free admission.

Visionary or Missionary?

Salazar_DennisDennis Salazar, President - Salazar Packaging, Inc. (certified Minority Business Enterprise)

When asked for a blog contribution for the new Green Festival “Visionaries” blog I was honored but also overwhelmed by the responsibility and choice I had to make. After all, there are so many topics of great importance that I can write about with almost equal lack of authority.

Top 10 Spring Speakers

3408265195_824b993ffe_zGreen Festival speakers author books, lead movements, build green innovations and change the world. At every Green Festival, more than 125 visionary, inspiring and informative speakers come together to be the voice for the sustainability message Green festival is known for. You will be inspired by the people you meet and empowered by the knowledge you discover.

Here are highlights of the Top 10 Speakers at Spring Green Festivals in San Francisco (April 9-10), Chicago (May 14-15) and Seattle (May 21-22):


Top 10 Speakers

_DSC2794Green Festival is where your community comes together to engage with today’s leading authors, celebrities, visionaries and activists from San Francisco, California and around the world. You will be inspired by the people you meet; and empowered by the knowledge you discover.

Here are highlights of 10 of the 125 creative and talented speakers you will connect with at San Francisco Green Festival April 9 - 10:

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Graviitz_AlisaAlisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America

Our profound commitment at Green America and at Green Festival is to champion the actions that will bring about a green economy and a just, sustainable society—for you, your children and all generations to come.

The strategies for change that we use combine the power of the “no”—demanding corporate responsibility to stop the damage and suffering caused by business-as-usual—with the power of the “yes”—advancing the healthy, green solutions that provide a better way forward. While the “yes” strategies are always more joyful, it is imperative to take tough stands against dangerous and irresponsible practices that undermine the health of people and our planet.

The Dream is Alive in Richmond, CA

Pulido_TaniawebTania Pulido, Green For All Fellowship Candidate

As a first generation US Citizen with migrant parents from Mexico, my path into community development stems from the desire to combat the same racial, class and gender injustices that my parents traveled to escape, but still face, in North America. Growing up in the city of Richmond, CA, a community that has historically borne the brunt environmental racism, my understanding of social, political and economic issues were limited, and seemed far removed from being related to one another.