CONSERVATION: Qwest Center holds 10th annual Green Festival this weekend

From Herald news servicesMay 16, 2011 

SEATTLE — The Seattle Green Festival, one of the nation's top sustainability events, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday and Sunday at a new location, Qwest Event Center.

It offers opportunities for community members to meet their favorite authors, actors and community leaders; shop more than 300 eco-friendly exhibitors; participate in educational workshops; enjoy live music and local vegetarian cuisine; and sample organic chocolates, wine and beer.

Ten stages and pavilions will play host to more than 125 educational speakers, including Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Amy Goodman, Jeffrey Smith, John Perkins, Zoe Weil, Dr. David Korten, Dr. Sharif Abdullah and Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien.

The Green Marketplace showcases more than 300 green and socially-responsible businesses and organizations. Attendees browse everything from non-toxic home products to organic clothing to fair trade treats and decor.

Green Festival gives back GF Bucks to individuals who purchase tickets online or at the door. GF Bucks are the local Green Festival currency and can be used the same-as-cash to shop in the Green Marketplace. Discount admission is available online until Friday.

“Last fall, Green Festival stimulated the green economy by giving back $44,000 to local, regional and national sustainable businesses through the new ‘GF Bucks’ admissions policy,” says Dr. Kevin Danaher, founder of Green Festival and Global Exchange.

The groups involved include Sierra Club Seattle, Washington State 350, Sound Circle Center, Sustainable Seattle, Solar Washington, International Bicycle Fund, Alleycat Acres, Washington Health Foundation, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Seattle International Film Festival, El Centro de la Raza, Sustainable Wallingford, Transition Seattle, Real Change, feet first, SCALLOPS, Sightline Institute, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

A project of Green America and Global Exchange -- two nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 25 years -- the Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses.

“Whether you go to shop, learn, try new organic foods or experience art and music, Green Festival has it all, with the goal to motivate every person to think, participate and make more planet-friendly, sustainable choices in their every day lives,” says Green America and Green Festival Founder, Denise Hamler.

Information for free tickets is available at www.GreenFestivals.org, www.Facebook.com/GreenFestival and www.Twitter.com/GreenFestival for the latest news about the Seattle Green Festival and additional Green Festivals in 2011.

Children under 18 and all volunteers receive free admission.

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