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Green Festival News

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.

San Francisco Green Festival this Weekend!

GF-SF-Box-OfficeGet ready, because the San Francisco Green Festival is this weekend, April 9-10 at the San Francisco Concourse and Exhibiton Center.

Discounted tickets are still available online. The deadline for you to purchase your discount online tickets is Friday April 8th at 5pm PST. You can also purchase your tickets at the box office on Saturday and Sunday.

Mother Knows Best

MENF-Peppers-2With over 3 million readers worldwide, Mother Earth News magazine is the most popular and longest running sustainable-lifestyle magazine, providing wide-range, expert editorial coverage of organic foods, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health and green building. The magazine has been helping folks live self-reliant, sustainable, meaningful lives for more the 40 years.

Beginning with an incredibly successful weekend in September 2010, Mother Earth News brought their dynamic magazine to life in an exciting and wonderful event, the Mother Earth News Fair, held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. More than 9,000 people participated in nearly 200 workshops, countless demonstrations in cheese making, beekeeping, building electric and wood burning cars, seed saving, preserving and pickling, bread making, livestock raising, renewable energy and much more. In between sessions, attendees could enjoy organic local food and beverages, outdoor gardening demonstrations and sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, crafts, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more!

Speaker Spotlight: Zoe Weil

Weil_ZoeWebZoe Weil is the president of the Institute for Humane Education, which is dedicated to educating people to become changemakers in creating a healthy, humane and just world for all.

Most recently, Zoe has received widespread acclaim for her inspiring talk, "The World Becomes What You Teach" at TEDxDirigo 2010. Check out the video of her TEDX talk below. Meet and hear Zoe Saturday April 9th on the Main Stage at San Francisco Green Festival.

Write Your Way to Social Change

WMD_cover_largeDayla Massachi - Writing for Community Success

Let’s face it. Virtually everyone working for a social or environmental cause has to do some writing at some point.

You may be like I am, and love committing words to paper. If so, you are always on the lookout for new ways to bring your writing to life.

Or, you may never have intended to become a writer at all. You may be one of the many people who got into this field for other important reasons: an interest and passion concerning a certain issue, an urge to give something back to your community or a perspective you want to share.

Either way, the fact remains - you may produce great work or come up with outstanding ideas, but if you present those achievements or thoughts poorly they will not get very far. Effective writing engages your readers, provokes their critical thinking and compels them to take meaningful action. It also leaves them wanting more. And the better you can do that, the deeper and broader your impact will be.

Shop at Rainbow Grocery for Your Free Admission

Color_Logo_smallWe are proud and excited to partner with Rainbow Grocery to offer FREE admission to anyone with a purchase from March 25 - April 10. Your receipt is your ticket!

Founded in San Francisco's Mission District in 1975 Rainbow Grocery Cooperative is the country's largest retail worker-owned cooperative and San Francisco's biggest independent natural foods store.

Speaker Highlight: Mark Hertsgaard

mark-hertsgaardFor twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and the Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived―a century earlier than forecast―with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come.  Hertsgaard’s daughter Chiara, now five years old, is part of what he has dubbed “Generation Hot”–the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.

Top 10 Exhibitors

GF-SEA-Equal-ExchangeGreen Festival is the most trusted event in the United States, representing thousands of authentic environmental and socially responsible businesses and organizations. Their passion and innovation 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 impactful socially and environmentally conscious Green Festival exhibitors:

The ‘Climate’ Ride of a Lifetime

Rob-HansonRob Hanson - Green America

I am ready to take the longest ride of my life!

I will be joined by fellow Green Americans, on the bike ride of a lifetime this May 13 - 17, all for the purpose of taking action for the climate.

I followed the riders last year as they biked down the California coast and swore that I would do that someday!

Now, it’s my turn to take the torch and take on the NYC to WDC ride.

10 Reasons to Attend Seattle Green Festival

GF_SEA_Amory_lovins1. Hear and meet renowned authors, leaders, educators, activists and visionaries

Come and hear award winning journalists, NY times bestsellers, nationally acclaimed journalists 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. Sing and dance through the cultures of the world.

Visit the Art, Music and Culture Stage and immerse yourself in a cultural experience from your heritage or others'. Enjoy and learn about music, art, craft, dance, poetry and song from a variety of cultural perspectives.