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

DC Plays Host to Largest Green Gathering Ever at Green Festival 2005
October 1, 2005

(Washington, DC) October, 2005—Green Festival '05, a joint project of Global Exchange and CO-OP America, brought together 17,000 visitors for two energetic days of socially responsible shopping, options for thriving green living, foremost speakers and industry leaders, creating the largest party with a purpose at the Washington Convention Center September 24 -25.

The Green Festival is a movement-building event creating a physical space where environmental and social juice partner in generating economic stability and vitality. DC area consumers, in all shades of green, will have an unlimited opportunity to shop their conscience and "vote with their dollars" as they either begin to or further embrace the change to healthier, greener ways of living and a thriving green economy.

Something for the whole family and the first "Zero Waste" event held at the DC Convention Center, Green Festival showcased over 350 diverse local and national green businesses displaying and selling eco friendly, fair trade and sustainable products. Over 120 environmental, socially conscious, and visionary speakers appeared for standing-room-only panel discussions, lectures and mainstage speaking events that collectively welcomed over 12,800 people. Kids programs included story telling and musical guests. Movie screenings included the award winning film "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" featuring rural agricultural Renaissance Man, John Peterson. Show floor demonstrations included: how to offset carbon emissions from home, car and office; green home remodeling; green technology; cool green gadgets; green bling; eco fashion; composting plus workshops, a light bulb trade in program by Energy Star, plus the first ever garment take-back recycling program where employees of Patagonia, the largest enviro-sportswear company, had the DC community turning their used "underwear" (capilene based long layers) to be recycled into new garments.

Leading participating companies included: Patagonia, Seventh Generation, Terra Pass, Omega Institute, Dagoba Chocolate, Guayaki, Manitoba Harvest, Samazon, Green Mountain, Clif Bar and the Calvert Foundation. Foremost speakers included: Medea Benjamin, Congressman Dennis Kunich, Lester Brown, Nora Pouillon, Mike Tidwell, Dr. Alan Greene, Jim Hightower and Kevin Danaher. Non-profit organizations included: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Code Pink Women for Peace, Center for Food Safety, Bread for the City, Community Harvest, Real Mama and Democracy Now!

GREEN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

· Official "Kick Off" with Peace Puppet Parade featuring DC's own "Roots and Shoots" Kids on Saturday

· Bicycle Valet – 500 bikers peddled to the festival, the largest bike valet to take place in DC

· Tower of Underwear – Patagonia garnered 25lbs of long underwear to be recycled into new outerwear

· Largest Light Bulb Exchange in the Country – 850 conventional light bulbs collected in exchange for new, energy efficient light bulbs

· International Fair Trade Pavilion – Handmade products from artisans around the world who were paid fair wages for creation of their hand crafted musical instruments, jewelry, rugs, handbags, accessories etc

· 4000 people walked through a 53-foot Rolling Rainforest - more than 80 species of plants, exotic birds & animals

· Cool Green Gadgets - electric bicycle, backpack that charges phone from sunlight

· Power Foods Pavilion – Tastings of exotic Organic & Fair Trade Foods from around the globe

· Eco-Fashion: Hemp Wedding Gowns and Dresses Made from Tires

· Waste-free school lunches, healthy office supplies, the first-ever compostable plastic water bottle, recyclable pet toys

· 108,000 Square Feet, with 350 Exhibits and 120 speakers

For complete Green Festival information, please visit www.greenfestivals.com

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