2015 Green Festival Comes To San Francisco This Weekend

2015 Green Festival

This story was originally published on Gas 2.0. Reprinted with permission.

The 14th annual Green Festival is coming to the Cow Palace in San Francisco this weekend, November 13 – 15. What is Green Festival? Here’s what the official website has to say:

Green Festival® is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives. Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. We bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living.

Green Festival offers something for everyone, with the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green from food, fashion and health to energy, construction and design. People can shop and enjoy vegan, vegetarian, organic foods, hands-on demos, educational activities and inspirational speakers.

Green Festival is a unique and powerful platform for connecting potential customers, retailers, wholesalers and corporations – all under one roof. It provides excellent opportunities for green brands to generate business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales, build awareness and strengthen relationships in an expansive and engaging green marketplace.

San Francisco is a natural fit for the Green Festival. The city has won a United Nations award for the best green building policies of any city in the world. With its city-wide recycling, composting and energy efficiency programs, San Francisco is one of the nation’s most eco-friendly communities and has established a green jobs training program that provides leadership development and on-the-job training to workers from the city’s most underserved neighborhoods.

Food is a big part of sustainability. This year’s Green Festival will feature vegan and vegetarian foods from around the world, as well as appearances by chefs and food experts who specialize in plant-based cuisine. Among the notables on hand will be vegan chef Leslie Durso, who has appeared on The Discovery Channel and The Food Network. Speakers will also talk about how to avoid genetically modified foods in our diets. Event goers will be able to learn more about how major corporations like Monsanto cook the books when it comes to scientific research: funding investigative programs at major universities that play down the danger of genetically  modified foods.

Among the hundreds of exhibitors will be many automobile and building products companies eager to attract customers from among the many thousands of people who will the Green Festival over the course of the weekend. Last year, almost 30,000 people attended the event. The festival will help educate people about the latest clean technology available from plug-in hybrid and electric cars. There will also be exhibits featuring solar power, home battery storage systems, and green building materials.

If it has to do with lowering carbon emissions and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle, you can find it at the Green Festival in San Francisco this weekend, or in Portland, Oregon in December.


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