Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Chicago Welcomes Green Festival
March 6, 2007

Chicago—Green Festival, a joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America, and widely known “party with a purpose,” will touch down for two days in Chicago, April 21st and 22nd , 2007 at McCormick Place, bringing together more than 150 speakers, 300 local and national green businesses and an anticipated audience of more than 20,000.   

For the first time, Chicago area residents will be invited to take part in the largest and most authentic sustainability event in the world and explore what’s next on the horizon for renewable energy, socially responsible investing, eco-fashions, green business leaders, groundbreaking films, eco-tourism, green building, green parenting and more. This marks Green Festivals’ inaugural Chicago event and celebrates its upcoming sixth year in San Francisco and fourth year in Washington DC.   Green Festival continues to stay at the forefront, bringing leading-edge green products, innovations, services and information into people’s lives and communities. In 2006 alone, Green Festivals brought together more than 60,000 attendees.

“Our goal has always been to provide the most extensive, engaging and truly green event to enlighten and educate the public on greener ways of living,” says Co-op America Executive Director Alisa Gravitz.” “Consumers are hungry to learn and the tremendous growth in attendance at Green Festival reflects this movement toward greener, sustainable lifestyles.”

With a stringent screening process for entry, Green Festival ensures all exhibitors and sponsors meet the best practices and highest integrity for green businesses on a green mission. As a joint project of two influential non-profit organizations, Global Exchange and Co-op America, Green Festival brings individuals, businesses and investors together to work cooperatively 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.

“Since starting Green Fest in 2002 we have seen an incredible shift in green living as well as a seminal shift in the green economy,” says Kevin Danaher, co-founder, Global Exchange.There are now two relevant greens - the bottom line green and the environmental green - and companies are learning they can make better profits by protecting nature and saving our resources than by destroying the environment. We’re witnessing a much different kind of economy that consumers can aggressively support.” 

At Green Festival Chicago, attendees will experience great “how-to” workshops, attend green career sessions, eat delicious local organic cuisine, drink organic beer and wine, view thought-provoking environmental films, participate in yoga and movement classes, discuss the latest trends in socially responsible investing and mingle with thousands of area residents looking to shop and talk green living.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to get to know some of Chicago’s greenest citizens; recipients of the first annual Green Awards selected and presented by Chicago Magazine will be on hand for a special awards reception and panel discussion.

With a guest speaker list of over 150, Green Festival will play host to such visionary leaders as Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Jim Hightower, Greg Palast, Bill McKibben, Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins and Chicago Environment Commissioner Sadhu Johnston (invited).

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


  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Fair Trade Pavilion featuring coffee and chocolate tastings
  • Kids Zone activities, crafts, greener parenting panels and more
  • Natural Home and Garden
  • Organic Dining, Beer & Wine Garden
  • Family Farmed Farmers Market
  • City of Chicago Sustainable City Pavilion
  • Chicago Magazine “Green Awards” Presentation
  • Yoga and Movement Classes for all ages and levels
  • Green Home & Building Pavilion
  • Green Careers
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Eco-Fashions and Design
  • Green MBA Programs
  • Green Film Festival
  • Music Stage with local talent - Firelight Rising, The Giving Tree Band, Cynthia Lin, Tiger Moon and more

For more information about Green Festivals, please visit

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.

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.

Contact: Becky Wisdom,
OrganicWorks Marketing, 212.253.0474                


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