Testimonials

Green Festival News

Join DC's Congregations in Speaking Out to Protect Communities from Dangerous Coal Ash

A guest post by Joelle G. Novey of Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light

Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light is delighted to be one of the 2010 DC Green Festival's non-profit allies! Through Interfaith Power & Light, hundreds of congregations of all religious traditions work together to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change.

In so many of our neighborhood congregations, people are heart-sick about the role of coal power in producing the heat-trapping gases that are causing global climate change. They are working to reduce their electricity use in their sanctuaries and at home. They are using their energy dollars to support wind energy generation. And they are figuring out how to put solar panels on their roofs.

Lately, our network of concerned communities has been speaking out on the issue of coal ash -- the toxic waste product of coal-fired power plants.

28 Years of Greening America

Working for nearly a year on each Green Festival - you often lose site of the big picture while buried in all the daily details. 

This year has been no different.  The logistics are never ending. But it's all worth it - especially when the city starts to buzz about the event. As we do our grassroots marketing, street teaming and hanging posters, people come out to tell us they can't wait to come to the event.

 Let me give you an inside scoop!

The fashion shows will knock your socks off - the new textiles and the amazing designs and colors are breathtaking! Even rock star Bono's business EDUN, will be with us in Washington DC to show-off their new t-shirts produced with organic cotton at an African cooperative.

The music will be the best ever - we have pulled together amazing local bands and musicians.

Can Grassroots Activism Stop Offshore Oil Drilling in the U.S.?

A guest post by Matt Dundas, Campaign Manager - Climate and Energy Campaign at Oceana

After one of the worst environmental disasters in world history, one might think U.S. policy makers would be falling over each other to prevent another oil spill in our oceans. Following failed attempt after failed attempt to cap the stubborn wellhead in the Gulf for 85 days, one might presume the government would tacitly dismiss industry assurances that such a leak would be capped within hours the next time it happens.

However, considering that the oil and gas industry donates heavily to Congressional campaigns, it is no surprise that our leaders seem to have yawned at the notion that offshore drilling is inherently dirty and dangerous and needs to be brought to a halt.

Pay it Forward, Get it Back in San Francisco

Dan_Brook_volunteer_sunshineAs the nation’s largest sustainability event, Green Festival seeks not only to bring an amazing weekend of education and fun to each city, but also to leave a lasting impact. We are always looking for new ways to connect and empower communities. This fall is no exception as we proudly unveil the “Pay it Forward, Get it Back at Green Festival” campaign to unite with local nonprofit organizations and reward local people who take an active interest in their communities.

Our “nonprofit allies” are a mixture of amazing organizations dedicated to improving the environment, providing social services, educating youth, securing a safe and just workspace and more. As we strive to recover during these difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to pay it forward, even if all we can give is our time.

Pay it Forward, Get it Back in DC

child_with_familyAs the nation’s largest sustainability event, Green Festival seeks not only to bring an amazing weekend of education and fun to each city, but also to leave a lasting impact. We are always looking for new ways to connect and empower communities. This fall is no exception as we proudly unveil the “Pay it Forward, Get it Back at Green Festival” campaign to unite with local nonprofit organizations and reward local people who take an active interest in their communities.

Our “nonprofit allies” are a mixture of amazing organizations dedicated to improving the environment, providing social services, educating youth, securing a safe and just workspace and more. As we strive to recover during these difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to pay it forward, even if all we can give is our time.

 

With “Pay it Forward, Get it Back” you can pledge volunteer hours, take part in nonprofit activities, or donate funds to receive complimentary tickets to Green Festival. You will also receive the personal satisfaction of knowing you made a difference.

 

Green Festival Fall Highlights

DSC02947There is so much in store for you this fall season at Green Festivals! We are extremely excited to return to Washington D.C., October 23-24 and San Francisco, November 6-7, with new speakers, pavilions, workshops, activities and admission options!

Now is a great time to be back in Washington D.C., because it is our nation’s capital and the political core of the United States. There are so many wonderful events occurring at the moment in Washington D.C. Americans are speaking out, rallying for causes, and taking an active role in shaping their government, and Green Festival is thrilled to be a part of the action!

We are always at home in San Francisco, one of the most progressively-green and sustainably-active cities in the nation and we rejoice in being part of a community so inspired by its physical surroundings and cultural diversity.

The 9th Annual Green Festival Returns to San Francisco

Join us at the 9th Annual San Francisco Green Festival November 6th-7th at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center!

There is something for everyone at Green Festival. You can learn a new skill, listen to inspiring words from political, intellectual and cultural icons, shop at any of our green vendors ‘til you drop, find new styles, munch on delicious cuisine, enjoy a glass of organic wine, peruse recent publications in the bookstore, sample fair trade chocolate and coffee, engage with local nonprofit organizations and much more! New admission options will give you the immediate benefit of getting into Green Festival, while also giving you the lasting benefits of engaging with your local community to make your world a better place.

Newsletter Subscribe

* indicates required
No Partner Emails *
Attendee News
Exhibitor News
Volunteer News

Help Spread the Word About San Francisco Green Festival!

Weekly Wednesday Outreach meetings at Global Exchange

FALL_SF_postcard_small_imageBeginning Oct. 13th 5:30pm-7pm
Global Exchange
2017 Mission St, 2nd fl,
San Francisco, CA
Food and drinks will be provided

Help spread the word about Green Festival San Francisco! Weekly Wednesday meetings will begin October 13th to mobilize the Green Festival Street Team and get the word out on the streets about this great event!

These outreach meetings are for our street teams to get information, programs, flyers, and posters to distribute throughout out the Bay Area. We will have a large map that we will use push pins  to locate what area's we have covered, and what areas need to be filled. We will also be further developing our outreach strategies at these meetings, so bring your creative energy!

All outreach team members will receive free admission, an organic cotton, sweat-shop-free Green Festival t-shirt, memberships in Global Exchange and Green America and discounts in their stores at the festival.

Questions about the benefits of being a Green Festival outreach team member? Email volunteer@greenfestivals.org

Mother Earth News Fair Community Seed Swap

Sponsored by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

 “Saving the Past for the Future" 

fruits_and_vegetablesCome to the Mother Earth News Fair Pavillion Community Seed Swap Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Mother Earth News Fair Pavilion to share your seeds, your knowledge and your enthusiasm for different plant varieties with other gardeners and farmers! Connect with folks who might be your neighbors, or from anywhere in your bioregion and bring any seeds you have to share. Bring all seeds, whether you’ve saved them yourself or even have varieties left-over from this year’s garden! This is an informal, relaxed event and beginners are welcome.

Green Festival Can Link the Peace Movement and the Green Economy Movement

Guest blog by Dr. Kevin Danaher

KD_headshot_w_hatThe world is facing two interlinked crises: militarism and global destruction of the environment. They are obviously related in that the U.S. military is probably the most egregious polluter and waster of resources on the planet, and the Pentagon functions to protect the dominant role of transnational corporations, which are notorious violators of human rights and environmental justice principles.

We could help unify the peace movement and the green economy movement by working together on a visionary campaign that would transform U.S. military bases into Eco-Universities/Eco-Industrial Parks. The 865 U.S. military bases around the world represent institutional inertia rather than any real national security interest of the American people. Quite the contrary: by inserting thousands of young, poorly educated yet well-armed American males into foreign cultures they know little about, we are generating resentment that fuels the passions of those who would do us harm.