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Green Festival

29th – 30th September, Washington DC

Green Festival is the largest sustainability event in the world and is the brain child of Green America and Global Exchange. Green America is a not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to harness economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Global Exchange is an international human rights organisation dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Green Festival is their platform to showcase what is working in communities around the world. The festival gives sustainable organisations and businesses the chance to display their programmes and products.

Green Festival is the only green event that screens exhibitors for their commitment to sustainability, ecological balance and social justice using Green America’s green business standards. This year the festival will begin in Washington DC in the Washington Convention Centre for two days. Later in the year there will also be festivals in San Francisco (November 10-11) and Los Angeles (November 17-18). Over 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators will attend to help share in the celebration. Loads of entertainment and demonstrations take place over the course of the event including hands-on DIY workshops, a Sierra Club environmental green film installation, a green kids’ zone, organic beer and wine, delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music. The unique market place will hold more than 300 eco-friendly businesses.

Both Green America and Global Exchange value the importance of education in sustainability. At the Green Festival, visitors will get the chance to learn how to invest in their community, green their homes and avoid products made without consideration of the earth or its people. Not only does the Green Festival promote, foster and encourage green business, it is also a living example with a strong waste policy. Each year it gets closer to being a zero-waste event.

This event provides an excellent example of how responsible production, innovation and local sourcing can make a huge impact on local sustainability. As part of the selection process the European Green Capital jury look for progress in eco innovation and sustainable employment. The ingenuity and entrepreneurship demonstrated at the Green Festival provides global inspiration to cities striving to become green.

For more information on Green Festival, Green America and Global Exchange click visit: http://www.greenfestivals.org/

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