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Green Festival, The Nation's Premier Sustainability Event, Celebrates Eleven Years in San Francisco, November 10 & 11

SF’s Original ‘Party with a Purpose’ Brings Renowned National and Local Speakers, Workshops, Green Businesses, and Cultural Programming to the Bay Area

Submitted by: Green Festival

Categories: Events, Environment

Posted: Oct 10, 2012 – 11:30 AM EST


SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 10 /CSRwire/ - Green Festival, the nation’s premier green living event, returns to San Francisco on November 10-11, 2012 at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. The Festival will host 150 eco-innovators, renowned speakers, performers, community leaders, local green business experts and young entrepreneurs. A new Yoga & Movement Pavilion will feature teachers from Bay Area’s favorite studios.

Green Festival is the largest marketplace of conscious businesses and exhibitors, who are chosen for their commitment to social justice, sustainability and ecological balance and the number one place to find the latest in sustainable products and Fair Trade gifts perfect for holiday shopping.

Since its inception in 2001, the Green Festival has grown and is well-known for providing a solutions-based forum to discover more ways to green your life and get information on the environmental and social justice issues facing our communities.” according to co-founder and activist Kevin Danaher. 

Keynote speakers include leading environmental, healthy lifestyle and social justice advocates: Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!; John Robbins, author of Food Revolution; Dolores Huerta, who was recently honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Bill McKibben, of 350.org, Starhawk, Devorah Major, Annie Leonard, and Winona LaDuke, with a special closing performance by the Clif Bar House Band featuring co-owner Gaary Erickson on the sax.

Local community leaders working on energy, food and revitalizing communities include Konda Mason, Ellen Sebastian Chang, Ahmed Rahim, Drew Dellinger, Jose Corona, Brahm Ahmadi, Michael Bush, Leila Salazar, and many more. Renowned Bay Area instructors bring yoga and movement to the Festival: Jessica Premsangha Prakasha, Interstellar Yoga/Pilates; Dari Love Sylvia, Loka Yoga; Doria Robinson, Sanctuary Yoga; Nannette Vides and Tanya Leakes, Zumba Fitness and more.

A joint venture between Green America and Global Exchange, Green Festival is a non-profit event that celebrates an 11-year milestone hosting over one million attendees in eight cities. Green Festival is the only event that screens exhibitors for their commitment to social justice and ecological balance using Green America’s Green Business Certification Standards.

Green Festival continues to be the backdrop for the FORD Motor Community Green Grant program. Green Festival attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite non-profit project at the FORD Community Green Grants Booth during show hours. A $5,000 grant will be awarded on Sunday, November 11th.

“Over the years we have seen the Festival grow and evolve along with the community, helping to educate and shape the critical discussions ,which support people to make healthy choices and make a difference in all of our lives.” said Denise Hamler, Green Festival Director.

Attendees of all ages can learn at the hands-on DIY workshops, engage with award-winning chefs on the Good Food Stage and gain practical green tips to apply to everyday life. At the Green Business Stage, attendees will experience what’s hot in the green job market and how to grow green businesses.

Highlights include:

  • Green Marketplace
  • Ford Ride and Drive in all-electric and hybrid cars
  • Do-It-Yourself Stage
  • Good Food Stage
  • Green Business Stage
  • Community Action Stage
  • Yoga and Movement Pavilion
  • Green Living Stage
  •  Green Kids Zone
  • Fair Trade Stage
  • Organic Beer and Wine Garden
  • Organic Local Food
  • Sierra Club Green Cinema
  • Green Building Demonstration
  • ASL Interpretation
  • Live music
  • Free Bike Valet
  • Keynote speakers include: Amy Goodman, Dolores Huerta, John Robbins, Winona LaDuke, Bill McKibben, Starhawk, Annie Leonard, and many more
  • Eco-Fashion Show by Retrofit Republic
  • Pop-up Hub Bay Area featuring Community Round Table Dialogues

Key partners and sponsors include: Ford Motor Company, Ford Community Green Grants, New York Times, Bright Green, O’ Organics, ZipLock Bank, Clif Bar, Naked Grape, Raaw Juice, Earth Balance, and SustainU.

Nonprofit Allies include: 350.org, Amazon Watch, Youth Speaks, United Roots, Destiny Arts Center, The Ecology Center and Green For All.

The 2012 Green Festival will be held at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center: 635 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Doors open Saturday, November 10, 10 am –7 pm and Sunday, November 11, 11 am-6 pm.

Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass and $20 for a full weekend pass when purchased online at www.greenfestivals.org, or $15 and $25 at the door. (All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, all workshops/yoga classes, speakers and films.) Discounted admission at the door for seniors (over 65) and students with student ID. Free admission for bicyclist, youth under eighteen, union members, volunteers and Green America, Global Exchange and Sierra Club members.

For more information, please visit www.GreenFestivals.org. To exhibit, please call: 828-333-9403 x 300.

For partnership information, visit www.greenfestivals.org/become-a-partner.

About Green America
Green America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, providing the economic strategies, organizing power and practicing tools for businesses and individuals to address today’s social and environmental problems. Its Green Business Network is the largest national network of businesses screened for their social and environmental responsibility.

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.

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Phone: 212-253-0474


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