Green Festivals, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, will be holding its second festival of the year this weekend in Denver, Colorado. The festivals feature speakers, events, and exhibitors which include “everything from organic body care products and great-looking eco-fashion to Fair Trade gifts and healthy home and garden products made from renewable resources.” According to a flier promoting the events, there will be more than 400 socially and environmentally responsible enterprises, more than 150 visionary speakers, how-to-workshops, a green film festival, information on green careers, organic cuisine, beer, and wine, as well live music.” Festivals will be held in Chicago (May 16th and 17th), Washington DC (October 10th and 11th), and San Francisco (November 13-15), while Seattle hosted a Green Festival earlier this year (March 28th and 29th).
Several corporations serve as event sponsors. Organic Valley, Planet Green, Clif Bar, Kimpton Hotels, Dr. Bronner’s, Gaiam, Credo, Numi Tea, Calvert, Better World Books and Care2 are among Greenfest’s partners.
“Think of Green Festival™ as a walk through a sustainable community. It begins with finding solutions to help make our lives healthier—socially, economically and environmentally. Individuals along with business and community leaders come together to discuss critical issues that impact us at home and abroad. Organizations and businesses showcase programs and products that restore the planet and all that inhabit it. Neighbor-to-neighbor connections are formed, and skills are shared to empower people to create positive change in the world.”
According to their website, Green Festival “is the largest sustainability event in the world”. They screen “exhibitors for their commitment to sustainability, ecological balance and social justice using Green America’s green business standards.” In addition, they offset 100% of their electricity consumption. Furthermore, they maintain a goal of hosting a zero-waste event.
– Eric Wilson