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Green Festival Celebrates 6th Year in San Francisco with Unprecedented Program and Anticipated 35,000 Attendees

Submitted by: Green America

Categories: Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Nov 07, 2007 – 07:00 AM EST

 

Event Welcomes World-Renowned Speakers, Including Deepak Chopra, Paul Hawken, and Gary Zukav November 9th- 11th, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - November 7, 2007 - Green Festivals, a joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America will celebrate its sixth year in San Francisco. The event will take place November 9th - 11th, 2007, at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center.
The event's unprecedented program will feature a speaker line-up that redefines and expands the platform to reach the growing and diversifying audience of the green movement.

Kicking off the event with a true gift to the Green Festival audience will be an evening with Deepak Chopra, the thought leader in holistic awareness, wellness and spirituality. Chopra will be speaking on the "Environment as the Extended Body," exploring the connection of each human being's physical self to the environment. Chopra will go on to explain this exploration as an important leverage for change and a shared platform for understanding environmental issues beyond any political context.

San Francisco Green Festival will also feature first-time notable guests Paul Hawken, arguably the most respected and well-known name in environmental sustainability around the globe and Gary Zukav, bestselling author and co-founder of the Seat of the Soul institute. Also, Fritjof Capra physicist, philosopher, and internationally famed author; and Lawrence Lessig, "the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era" ("The New Yorker"); and Lynne Twist, award-winning global activist, fundraiser and author of the bestselling Soul of Money will be among the 15o great minds to be included in the speaker line-up.

"Since 2002, the Green Festival has hosted a veritable who's who in the emerging social enterprise, sustainability and environmental thought leadership," explains Karri Winn, Green Festivals Programming Director. "As its reputation for excellence and attentive audiences has grown, so too has the capacity of the event to draw world class speakers while simultaneously expanding the sustainability framework."

At Green Festival San Francisco, over 400 green businesses, 150 speakers, dozens of community groups and an expected 35,000 Bay Area residents will come together to explore and celebrate what's working in our communities - for people, for businesses and for the environment. Over the course of three days, attendees will check out what's on the horizon for renewable energy, socially responsible investing, eco-fashions, green building, eco-friendly travel, organic foods, sustainable business and much more.

From 2002's launch event audience of 6,000 to an anticipated 2007 combined attendance of 100,000, the Green Festivals have been consistently and authentically providing content and information for consumers on every aspect of green living.

"The Green Festival has something for everyone," says Global Exchange's Co-Founder Kevin Danaher. "When we say green, we mean environmental and community health, social and economic justice, fair trade and living wages. You'll see people from every community leading the way to a greener, healthier future.

Green Festival is the perfect place to build cultural bridges, save the planet, grow the green economy and begin healthier, greener ways of living.

SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Influential Speakers including Deepak Chopra, Paul Hawken, Lynne Twist, Amy Goodman, Paul Stamets, Fritjof Capra, Caroline Casey, Lawrence Lessig, and Gary Zukav

  • Speaker and Panelist Topics including Urban Permaculture: Real World Design Solutions, Clean Technologies Driving the Green Economy, Ecoartists as Changemakers: Art that Makes a Difference, Green Careers: The New Frontier, The Economics of Happiness, and Does Green Mean Nontoxic?

  • The Connection Hub- the place to go to connect with old and new friends, share or learn about local green solutions, and collaborate on a variety of daily topical sessions

  • Green Home Series- 40 minute workshops that show you how to make energy-efficient home upgrades, compost, and concoct herbal remedies

  • Friday Night Double Feature Films- Screening Seeds, Hope and Concrete, and Discover Hetch Hetchy

  • Green Living Expert and TV Host Sara Snow

  • Fair-Trade and Eco-Shopping

  • Music Stage Featuring Local Bay Area Acts

  • Socially Responsible Investing

  • The Fair Trade Café and the Organic Beer & Wine Garden

  • Natural Pets Section

  • The Organic Valley Green Kids Zone

  • Green Building and Renewable Energy

  • Green Careers Area

  • Organic Beer and Wine Pavilion & The Power Foods Pavilion

  • Eco Tourism & Eco Fashion

  • FREE bike valet!

    Green Festival's stringent screening process ensures all exhibitors and sponsors meet the best practices and highest integrity standards for businesses on a green mission. A joint project of two influential non-profit organizations, Global Exchange and Co-op America, Green Festival brings individuals, businesses and investors together in creating sustainable economic solutions for communities and the environment. This year's Green Festival will continue to celebrate the positive impact of sustainable living, eco/organic products for personal health and wellness and the importance of critical initiatives such as: carbon reduction, global citizenship and renewable energy.

    WHERE:
    Concourse Exhibition Center
    8th and Brannan Streets
    San Francisco, CA

    WHEN:
    Friday November 9th- 2PM-8PM
    Saturday November 10th- 10AM-8PM
    Sunday November 11th- 11AM-6PM

    $25 Festival Pass (3 Days)
    $15 Festival Pass (1 Day)
    DISCOUNT for Seniors/Students/Bicyclists and Union Members
    FREE Children Under 12

    For more information about Green Festivals, please visit www.greenfestivals.org

    About Co-op America

    Co-op America is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1982 with the mission to harness economic power-the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace-and to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. www.coopamerica.org

    About Global Exchange

    Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since its founding in 1988, Global Exchange has successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change. www.globalexchange.org

  • For more information, please contact:

    Becky Wisdom OrganicWorks Marketing
    Phone: 212.253.0474
    Katie Hunsberger OrganicWorks Marketing
    Phone: 212.253.0474

    For more from this organization:

    Green America

     

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