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

Green is the Word at San Francisco Green Festival
October 1, 2005

Green Festival Sets the Stage for Community, Likeminded Leaders and Businesses to Escalate Sustainable Economy, Ecological Balance and Social Justice

(San Francisco, CA) November, 2005, Green Festival '05, a joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America, brought together the Bay Area Community for two energetic days of socially responsible shopping, options for creating thriving green living as well as a solid platform for some of the foremost speakers and industry leaders in the green space. The event, which took place on November 5th and 6th at the Councourse Exhibition Center, was attended by over 30,000 people, producing the largest party with a purpose and further cementing what has now become an overwhelming commitment to environmentally sound living.

Since inception, Green Festival quickly built its reputation as the authority and trend setter for creating a platform for consumers to understand and enjoy the benefits for healthier, greener ways of living. The festival is a true movement-building event where environmental and social justice partner up to generate real economic stability and vitality. Northern California residents, in all shades of green, had an unlimited opportunity to hear ground-breaking, influential speakers such as William McDonough, Jim Hightower and Amy Goodman. As well, attendees got an insiders look at the forecasts of the next green waves such as the greening of Information Technology, Carbon "dieting," Green MBA programs and the latest visions and innovations in green architecture and design. In addition, attendees continued to support and embrace the thriving green economy by shopping their conscience for a variety of fair trade/ environmental/sustainable products and services on the show floor.

Actress, environmentalist, and Green Festival supporter, Daryl Hannah was on hand throughout the weekend, along with longtime friend, activist and foremost eco rapper, Charris Ford "The Granola Ayatollah of Canola." Hannah served as a featured speaker, introduced films, supported vendors and promoted alternative fuel options (like biodiesel) and sustainable living overall.

Something for the whole family, Green Festival showcased over 475 diverse local and national green businesses displaying and selling eco friendly, fair trade and sustainable products. Over 125 environmental, socially conscious, and visionary speakers appeared for standing-room-only panel discussions, lectures and mainstage speaking events. Also included on the show floor: Grassolean Solutions, creation of the first biodiesel facility, making fuel from recycled french-fry oil; Green Home Remodeling Visions and Applications; Green Bling, Eco Fashion and the largest variety of exotic, rich fair trade and organic foods/beverages from around the globe.

A strategic vision on the future of the green economy, this year's Green Fest spotlighted the Kitchen Table – a melting pot of forecasting trends bringing likeminded people together for Sustainability Business Networking, Green Career advancement, Permaculture Demonstrations and the first Online Community Collaboration Hub – featuring 26 internet ready computers loaded with the most innovative technologies and ideas to change the world.

Kids programs included "Youth Activism," a carnival of Animal Yoga, Puppet Making, Parade of Species, and The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew.

Leading participating partners/companies included: Toyota, Aveda, Patagonia, Seventh Generation, In Ticketing, American Apparel, TerraPass, Organic Valley, Dagoba Chocolate, Guayaki, Manitoba Harvest, Samazon, T.S. Designs, Clif Bar, Mortgagegreen, and The Calvert Foundation. Foremost speakers also included: PBS Host Hazel Henderson; Author Alan Greene, MD; KCBS Eco-Talk Host Betsy Rosenberg; Buddhist Scholar Joanna Macy; Design Revolutionary Eugene Tsui; and Global Exchange Co-Founder Kevin Danaher. Non-profit organizations included: Ella Baner Center for Human Rights, Circle of Life, CODEPINK, Greenaction, Indigenous Permaculture, Rainforest Action Network, Youth Speaks, Redefining Progress, Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives and The Global Citizens Center.

ADDITIONAL GREEN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

• 1050 Metric Tons of CO2 reductions were purchased through event partner, TerraPass. The purchase directly offset the carbon emissions of the entire green festival generated by attendee/exhibitor travel, hotels and facility energy used.

• Toyota Prius and Highlander Exhibit/Demonstrations

• Bicycle Valet – 850 Bikes peddled to the festival, parked in city's first Bike Valet

• World's First Commercially Compostable, Biodegradable Bottle

• Green Vineyard Tour – Organic, biodynamic and sulfite free wines and organic beer garden from around the world

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

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