Green Festival News

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.

Top 10 Exhibitors

GF_SF_MovementGreen Festival is the most trusted event in the United States, representing thousands of authentic environmental and socially responsible businesses and organizations. These amazing  green businesses and organizations have created 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 Green Festival exhibitors whose conscious creativity makes them shine:

Top 10 Partners

Top_10_PartnersHundreds of amazing sustainable green businesses and non-profit organizations have offered their support to put on incredible Green Festival experiences across the nation over the past 10 years. These companies believe in social and environmental responsibility—and Green Festival is lucky to have them.

Information on all the amazing Green Festival partners can be found here, but below are highlights of 10 impactful Green Festival partners from the last 10 years:

Keep Monsanto Out of Your Home: 4 Ways to Avoid GMOs

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Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Editor at Large,

Mother Earth News, Natural Home and Herb Companion magazine

In the past month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made several alarming decisions regarding Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready crops. Last month it granted non-regulated status to Roundup Ready alfalfa, This month it defied a court order that had prohibited farmers from planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets until a proper study of their environmental impact could be done. In the wake of all this, I’m looking for ways to keep Monsanto-tainted food off my family’s table.

Spring to Sustainability with Green Festival

PB063339Green Festival is a celebration of what is working in our communities and what is possible today. It’s a gathering of more than 30,000 people with a passion for social justice, ecological balance and a sustainable economy. Whether you want to learn something new from one of our 125 visionary speakers, shop the Green Marketplace for new eco-friendly products, sample local food and wine or introduce your kids to the fun of a green lifestyle in the Green Kids Zone, Green Festival has something for everyone.

10 Reasons to Attend Spring San Francisco Green Festival

PB0632781. Enjoy your unique shopping experience in Green Festival's marketplace with more than 300 local, regional and national green businesses, featuring the latest eco-fashion, organic body products, green building materials, nontoxic childrens' clothing, new cleantech innovations and much more.

2. You can learn to DIY! Hands-on workshops teach you how to grow your own food, install solar panels on your house, compost your leftovers and so much more.

3. Green Festival is fun for the whole family! Bring the kids to play and learn with a variety of interactive performances and enriching activities in the Green Kid’s Zone.

Spring to Life at San Francisco Green Festival

IMG_6116Celebrate Green Festival's 10th Anniversary at the Spring San Francisco Green Festival, April 9th-10th at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center!

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.

When Compromise Means Defending the Indefensible, It’s Time to Embrace Our Idealism

Weil_Zoe-BlogZoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm and Above All, Be Kind

My friend and colleague, Mary Pat Champeau, brought over a Netflix video for a few of us to watch at the Institute for Humane Education. It was called The Girl in the Café, and I figured she’d just landed upon a really entertaining film and wanted to share it. “Just send it back when you’re done,” she said. The Girl in the Café is certainly an entertaining film, but its entertainment value is trumped by its great message.

Be Our Green Valentine

valentineIt's February, and love is in the air! 

One of the best parts of each Green Festival is the variety of green, organic and fair trade businesses in our incredible green marketplace. Our online exhibitor directory makes it easy to connect with your favorite local and national eco-friendly businesses year-round. Find fair trade, organic and green gifts online, or discover retail outlets in your own community. Whether it be for your sweetheart's mind, body or soul, our exhibitor directory has it all. There are even green gifts to pamper your best animal friends!

Here are a few fun green and fair trade gift ideas, activities and resources for Valentines Day that won't break the bank and will be kind to the earth.

Top 10 Volunteers

volunteers_SEAThank you to the 30,000 incredible individuals who have volunteered at Green Festivals over the past ten years. Your passion and dedication served not only to make each festival a success, but also to inspire attendees and further the green and social justice movement. Your tireless work ethic, enthusiasm, kindness, passion and love for Green Festival reflects in every person who enjoys their experience and learns new ways to engage in the green movement. You are our backbone and network in each local community. We thank each and every one of you for 10 years of wonderful service, and we look forward to many more.

We would like to highlight just a few Green Festival volunteers below. Their vibrant passion is an inspiration to everyone they encounter.