Featured will be over 200 exhibits from soap makers, to fair trade clothing and accessory merchants, green furniture and building suppliers, grassroots organizations, alternative energy companies, media organizations, alternative transportation representatives, organic health foods, government, chiropractic medicine, and more.
The nation's premier touring sustainability event has long been a joint project of Green America, and Global Exchange, both nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting green businesses and social justice within local communities.
This year's schedule at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center includes back-to-back programs at Main Stage, Good Food Stage, DIY Stage, and Stage A. For instance, Katie Lupo of Gearin' Up Bicycles in DC will offer a workshop, and Bernadine Prince, Ibtisam Vincent, Nikki Caporale of FRESHFARM Markets will share a FoodPrint recipe for children. Mainstage will feature a "Bringing it Home" hemp film-screening, talk by Wenonah Hauter (Food and Water Watch), entertainment by Michelangelo Signorile ("The Michelangelo Signorile Show"), and other renowned guest sponsors.
Since 2010, Green Festival has expanded its expositions to include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC. This year it also is partnering with Messe Stuttgart/Germany a leading international green trade show organizer based in Europe.
All the convention exhibitors are Green America certified businesses, meaning they implement sustainable practices in their businesses at various levels. (The system can be compared with Good Guide, except Good Guide ratings are more scientifically and health based, and do not certify.) Green Festival even teaches and models recycling on-site courtesy of the planning coordinator and numerous helpful volunteers at each fair.
For eclectic entrepreneurs and researchers, possibly the best incentive is learning about the Ford Community Green Grants. Although the deadline is past (August 30th), voting and awards will take place at the Festival.
Tickets are only $15.00 per day (with a $5.00 discount for students and seniors). Weekend passes are $25.00 which includes $5.00 Green Festival Bucks.
Youth under 18 will be admitted for free, and also bicyclists who use the Clif Bar Bike Valet service. Check the guide book for other special discounts.
More information can be found at http://www.greenfestivals.org/.