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Green Festival Returns to DC

At a Time When Americans are Looking for Green Solutions for the Economy,Washington, D.C. Hosts Fifth Annual Green Festival Bringing Solutions to Pressing Environmental Issues, November 8 & 9, 2008

October 20 , 2008

Washington, DC -- Green Festival, the nation’s largest green consumer living event will make its fifth trip to America’s capital this year on November 8 & 9, 2008 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, as the new administration prepares to set up shop. This year, the festival will highlight environmental sustainability issues that have been so relevant in headlines and town halls across the nation. While the country finds itself at a turning point in terms of solving significant environmental concerns, Green Festival will share practical, life changing ideas that only a show of its caliber can provide.

A joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than twenty-five years, Green Festival is a forum to explore and build sustainable solutions for communities and the environment.  The Washington, D.C. Green Festival will host 150 visionary speakers, 350 local and national green businesses, and dozens of community and nonprofit groups. All exhibitors must meet strict standards set by Co-op America, guaranteeing the highest level of social and environmental responsibility in everything that enters the convention center.

While the climate crisis and energy issues loom in an increasingly unstable economy, Americans are eager for a sustainable marketplace that will provide jobs, clean energy and a secure future. These issues will be highlighted and covered as the demands and needs for environmental solutions have never been greater. Every four years, the nation’s focus shifts to Washington, D.C. and this year Green Festival returns with information and insight into the most pressing concerns of the moment.

For two days, Green Festival attendees will explore the latest in clean technology, green building, socially responsible investing, eco-fashion, renewable energy, green careers/green collar jobs, natural foods, groundbreaking films, eco-tourism and more.  As always, there are new additions keeping the program fresh; this year a big feature in Washington, D.C. is the Green Teen Pavilion, an exclusive area for teens to immerse themselves in interactive events such as solar car racing and personalized cosmetic creation.

The wide selection of workshops, speakers and panelists will cover topics both local and international in scope, ranging from “Pet Food Politics: the Chihuahua in the Coal Mine” with the renowned Marion Nestle to “Social Entrepreneurship: A Washington Story” with Andy Shallal, founder of DC hotspots Busboy’s and Poets, to the always-engaging John Perkins’ “Geo-Politics, the Future and You.” Returning to Washington by popular demand is the revolutionary architect William McDonough to explore the limitless possibilities of emulating nature’s living systems in daily human activity.

“For the past five years we have expanded and improved Green Festival to bring people the latest strategies and solutions for incorporating the environment into their lives and business,” says Co-op America’s Executive Director, Alisa Gravitz.  “Now that the environment is a concern for both the general public and policy makers, Green Festival is striving to meet the needs of both groups and lead the way to a more sustainable future.”

Since the first event in 2002, Green Festival has created a model of environmental and social leadership, consistently providing authentic information for consumers on every aspect of green living.  A stringent screening process ensures all exhibitors and sponsors meet the best practices and highest standards for environmental integrity and social responsibility.  While many events and tradeshows are notoriously wasteful, Green Festival demonstrates an unmatched commitment to reducing environmental impact by walking its green talk and reusing, recycling or composting 95 percent or more of show waste. Green Festival was referenced as a model for “how it should be done” by USA Today for the festival’s commitment to producing a reduced carbon footprint experience. To further lower the impact of the event on the environment, those who arrive by bicycle are offered reduced admission along with valet bike parking. Green Festival also provides carbon offsets for the entire event and its participating staff and organizers.

Green Festivals take place in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, and Denver and saw over 170,000 guests in combined attendance in 2007. The next festival will take place in San Francisco for its seventh year on November 14-16, 2008.

Washington, D.C. Green Festival Highlights:

  • Nationally renowned speakers such as William McDonough, prominent architect; Barbara Ehrenreich, journalist, historian, and social critic; Katrina Van-Den Heuvel, editor of the Nation; Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist, author, and host; Lester Brown, MacArthur Fellow, Founder and President of Earth Policy Institute; Hervè Kempf, environmental and ecology journalist; Madeleine M. Kunin, author, Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland for the Clinton administration; and many more!
  • Fair Trade Pavilion
  • Green Careers and Education Area
  • Green Teen Center & Organic Valley Green Kids Zone
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • The Fair Trade Café
  • Organic Beer & Wine Garden  
  • Eco-tourism and Eco-fashion
  • Green Film Festival
  • Community Action Center
  • Green Home Pavilion featuring hands -on workshops
  • Bike Valet
  • Live Music
  • Yoga and Movement Room

Event Details:
Washington, D.C. Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
November 8th & 9th
Saturday 9AM - 7PM
Sunday 11AM - 6PM
$15 per person- all-access for one or both days.
$10 per person ($5 off admission) for students with ID, seniors over 62, bike riders with a ticket from the Green Festival Bike Valet, bus riders with transfer ticket/bus pass, BetterWorld book drive participants
FREE: Children 18 and under, Co-op America or Global Exchange members

Green Festival Partners:
Better World Books, Clif Bar, Energy Star, Honest Tea, MOM's, bgreen, Organic Valley Kids Zone,   Pangea Organics, TS Designs, The Globe, WPFW

About Co-op America:
Co-op 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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