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Thank You NYC!

A Green Festival first, all Main Stage presentations were streamed live online to a global audience, in collaboration with the Huffington Post and Fund Balance. Thanks to both teams for their hard work to broadcast NYC Green Festival to the world!

Catch replays of Main Stage presentations on the Fund Balance UStream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/greenfestivalroadtorioandbeyond/videos.

NYC Green Festival welcomed community leaders, industry experts and cultural icons to the stage.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, keynote Van Jones said, "A lot of the people who are here get re-energized and reinspired. Then they go out and they become the evangelist in other places."

"So the people who don't come ... are impacted by the people who do come," Jones added. "Change happens when ordinary people push for it."

"Democracy Now!" host, NY resident, and long-time Green Festival favorite Amy Goodman had the Main Stage  audience overflowing. “We need a media that covers the movements creating the static that makes history," she boldly stated in her inspiring presentation. She added that the media’s modern day Hippocratic oath should be: “We will not be silent!”

Of the level of community at Green Festivals, Amy Goodman told the Huffington Post: “To be conscious and to be sustainable -- everyone can't garden themselves. Everyone can't grow their own food. But to know that people are doing it ... We can gather together and support those who are doing it and actually create a sustainable world."

Media mogul Russell Simmons was present on Earth Day to help fortify a message of the need for economic justice in our current society. The panel he shared with civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis, investigative journalist David Degraw and Occupy.com founder Josh Silver, adamantly held that money should and needs to be removed from politics, in order for us to regain empowerment in our political elections.

The Green Kids Zone was alive with young creative minds all weekend! Green Festival youth enjoyed a variety of eco-craft activities presented by the FunArt Bus, Artterro and the Lower East Side Girls Club.

Congratulations to $5,000 Ford Community Green Grant winner, Green City Force! The Green City Force team was on hand to accept the award, which will be used to engage young adults to serve and train on an urban farm on NYCHA property in Red Hook, in partnership with NYCHA & Added Value. Corps Members (CMs)–all NYCHA residents from Red Hook & nearby—will gain marketable skills while educating children about nutrition and expanding access to fresh foods.

Green Festival is incredibly privileged to connect with the community through a number of local nonprofit allies! Thanks to all of these wonderful organizations for their hard work in creating a cleaner, greener, socially just and culturally rich NYC community. Working as a team with the dedicated efforts of a wonderful host committee and street team, the Green Festival buzz was contagious throughout NYC and its surrounding communities. Well done to all!

Thanks to all Green Festival exhibitors for showcasing your green and socially responsible businesses. Green Festival is extremely lucky to have such an innovative, diverse, environmentally-responsible and socially-just marketplace. Your continued presence at Green Festival is our greatest priority in maintaining and expanding the green economy. The Green Marketplace was hustling and bustling throughout the weekend as participants enjoyed an amazing variety of local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses. Participants were thrilled to try and take home vegan and vegetarian snacks, eco-fashion, organic body products, kids’ items, non-toxic cleaning products,  green services, education and career opportunities, alternative energy means and more!

Special thanks goes out to all of the volunteers whose dedication and spirit are the backbone of every Green Festival and upon which, every successful event depends. You are all extraordinary individuals and your commitment is an inspiration to the global community. Due to the diligent efforts of the volunteer Green Festival Green Team, participants were educated about different aspects of waste diversion and landfill contributions were a bare minimum!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated this weekend and shared their wonderful experiences through social media as well as those who followed along and supported Green Festival from across the country. Keep up with us at upcoming events through Facebook and Twitter by tagging @GreenFestival and using the hashtag #GreenFest.

Green Festival is headed to Chicago on May 5-6 at Navy Pier, so mark your calendars now and join us for another weekend of fun at the nation's largest party with a purpose!