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Co-op America Launches First -Ever Green Festival Getaway Sweepstakes
September 20, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. Co-op America announced its national Green Festival Getaway Sweepstakes today, at www.greenamerica.org/greengetaway/, which is open for entry until October 15. The prize is a weekend trip to Co-op America’s popular San Francisco Green Festival with free travel, hotel, dinner, and a gift bag full of green treats. The Green Festival, the annual celebration of sustainability co-sponsored by Co-op America and Global Exchange, is the largest gathering in the country that promotes green living and consumption.

"More and more consumers are discovering the green marketplace of Fair Trade products, organics, green energy, recycling, and more,” said Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director of Co-op America.  “We’re offering the opportunity for one lucky person and their friend to experience Green Festival in person, courtesy of Co-op America.”

Taking place November 10 -12, the San Francisco Green Festival is a three-day event celebrating what’s working in the green economy.  Progressive speakers, an organic food court, and hundreds of great green businesses all under one roof come together to create a living example of what a truly green economy would look like.  What’s more, the Festival itself is a model of sustainability, composting most of its waste, offering valet parking for bicyclists, and offsetting its energy use with green energy credits.

The winner of the Green Festival Getaway will receive free airfare for two to San Francisco from anywhere in the United States (including carbon offsets), along with weekend passes to the Green Festival, public transportation passes, dinner for two in an organic restaurant, a stay in a green hotel, and more. Entrants are asked to complete a short survey about their green consumption practices.

The San Francisco Green Festival is in its fifth year, and was expanded this year from two days to three, to meet growing demand.  An East Coast Green Festival in Washington, DC is in its third year, and the first annual Chicago Green Festival is set for April 2007.  For more information, visit www.greenfestivals.org.  The sweepstakes is located at www.greenamerica.org/greengetaway. Rules and restrictions are located at www.greenamerica.org/greengetaway/sweepstakesrules.cfm.

CONTACT:  Andrew Korfhage, 202-872-5328, andrew@greenamerica.org www.greenamerica.org

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