Green Festivals Comes to Chicago


Chicago area residents have a wonderful opportunity.  They will be able to take part in the largest, most authentic sustainability event in the world at McCormick Place on April 21st and 22nd, 2007.  A stringent screening process for entry ensures all Green Festival exhibitors and sponsors meet the best practices and highest integrity for green businesses.


'Since starting Green Festivals in 2002 we have seen an incredible shift in green living as well as a seminal shift in the green economy,' says Kevin Danaher, co-founder, Global Exchange. 'There are now two relevant greens - the bottom line green and the environmental green - and companies are learning they can make better profits by protecting nature and saving our resources than by destroying the environment. We're witnessing a much different kind of economy that consumers can aggressively support.'


At Green Festival Chicago, those in attendance, will be able to experience great 'How-To' workshops, attend green career sessions, eat delicious local organic cuisine, drink organic beer and wine, view thought-provoking environmental films, participate in yoga and movement classes, discuss the latest trends in socially responsible investing and mingle with thousands of area residents looking to shop and talk green living.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to get to know some of Chicago's greenest citizens; recipients of the first annual Green Awards selected and presented by Chicago Magazine will be on hand for a special awards reception and panel discussion.
Green Festival will host such visionary leaders as Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Jim Hightower, Greg Palast, Bill McKibben, Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins and Chicago Environment Commissioner Sadhu Johnston (invited).

CHICAGO GREEN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

*Socially Responsible Investing
*Fair Trade Pavilion featuring coffee and chocolate tastings
*Kids Zone activities, crafts, greener parenting panels and more
*Natural Home and Garden *Organic Dining, Beer & Wine Garden
*Family Farmed Farmers Market
*City of Chicago Sustainable City Pavilion
*Chicago Magazine 'Green Awards' Presentation
*Yoga and Movement Classes for all ages and levels
*Green Home & Building Pavilion
*Green Careers
*Eco-Tourism
*-Fashions and Design
 *Green MBA Programs
*Green Film Festival
*Music Stage with local talent - Firelight Rising, The Giving Tree Band,
Cynthia Lin, Tiger Moon and more


For more information about Green Festivals, please visit www.greenfestivals.org
About Co-op America
Co-op America is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1982 with the mission to harness economic power' the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace' and to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.  www.coopamerica.org
About Global Exchange
Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since its founding in 1988, Global Exchange has successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change.
www.globalexchange.org_

 

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