The premier name in sustainability events will take place the Washington Convention Center's Hall A; features national and local speakers, workshops, kids activities, green shopping
WASHINGTON, Sep. 20 /CSRwire/ - The Ninth Annual Green Festival returns to the nation’s capital September 21-22, 2013. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host eco-innovators and entrepreneurs, expert speakers, influential community leaders and activists, nonprofits and green businesses addressing environmental and social justice issues. It is the largest marketplace of eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade businesses with products and services for home, school and work. The event is a project of two nationally recognized not-for-profits, Green America (www.greenamerica.org) and Global Exchange (www.globalexchange.org).
Keynote speakers include Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader, Gay Rights Activist and Media Personality Michelangelo Signorile, John Perkins (“Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man”), Wenonah Hauter (author of "Foodopoly") and other leading environmental, healthy lifestyle and social justice advocates. Workshops and live demonstrations include exhibitor products in action, the eco-fashion reveal, DIY home and gardening workshops, live music and much more. Washington Post food & travel editor Joe Yonan (also author of the bestselling book "Eat Your Vegetables") is among the headliners in the increasingly popular food and cooking portion of the program, which centers around a full slate of programming on the Good Food Stage.
“This event is particularly important to us as a national advocacy organization because it is in our ‘home’ market,” says Green America Director Denise Hamler. “We attract what amounts to a who’s who of movers and shakers in the world of sustainability because so many key influencers live here. We can also do more extensive programming because we’re based here, too.”
Two days of activities, workshops and special presentations combine to educate the public on healthy lifestyle choices, including The Green Kids Zone, where youngsters can enjoy recycled crafts and educational exhibits, culinary workshops featuring delicious vegetarian cuisine, a robust schedule of yoga classes, an organic food court and beer and wine garden.
“We’ve seen a surge in interest in organic food and cooking all over the country,” says Hamler. “The public is increasingly interested not only in supporting local sustainable farmers and food sources, but in employing gourmet methods to enjoy this food, and we’ve doubled programming in this area in the last few years.”
The Nature Conservancy is sponsoring a special concert by the self-styled “Environmental Rock” band Melodeego (www.melodeego.com) at 4 PM on Sunday on the Main Stage, a band noted as much for its unique approach to powering its equipment through bike-power as their unique on stage act. “This takes crowed participation to a new level,” according to Melodeego staffer Geoffrey Renauer, as it is the audience that help ride the bicycles that power the band. “After the BP oil spill in 2010, the band decided to take a stand against dirty, dangerous fossil fuels,” says Renauer.
Other special features include an active program of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) workshops, a special film showcase presented by the Sierra Club, two complete “green” fashion shows (one sponsored by Fashion Fights Poverty and featuring rising DC-designer Liz St. John), a Ford-sponsored “ride and drive” featuring electric and hybrid cars, an Organic Food Court and even a Sustainable Beer & Wind Garden!
FORD Motor and Green Festivals have partnered again to fund a $5,000 Community Green Grant at the Washington DC Green Festival. Finalists will be published online and attendees can to vote for their favorite non-profit project in the week leading up to the festival at the FORD Community Green Grants Booth during show hours.
Key partners and sponsors include: Ford Motor Company, Ford Community Green Grants, New York Times, O’Organics, Bright Green, MIX 107.3, Washington City Paper, MOM’s Organic Market, Clif Bar and Yelp DC.
The 2013 DC Green Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W. Hall A, Washington, DC 20001. Doors open Saturday, September 21st 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, September 22nd 11 am-5 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.) Free admission for anyone who rides a bike to the event and parks with the Clif Bar bike valet, youth under eighteen, union members, volunteers and Green America and Global Exchange 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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