The Green Festival, billed as the world’s largest gathering of environmentally-friendly organizations, will make its way to New York City in April, just in time for Earth Day. Companies, non-profits, and individuals dedicate to sustainability will set up shop at Javits Center North, an extension of Manhattan’s massive convention center.
Curious attendees can sample the latest eco-friendly products and hear from established speakers on topics ranging from green cooking tips to the importance of creating an environmentally-focused economy. Whether you want to taste some organic Fair Trade chocolate or learn how climate change impacts your daily life, the Green Festival will have you covered.
Meet, Greet, and Eat
The Green Festival already has plenty of speakers and exhibitors lined up. Big names like Ford Motor Company, Clif Bar, and the Sierra Club will showcase their commitment to sustainability. Small or local businesses will also be on hand to show off their wares. Discover pure water from Drinkable Air, try some seaweed treats from SeaSnax, or leave with a hand-made handbag from Eco Fashions.
While you can certainly get your fill of sustainable snacks or green garments, the Green Festival will also focus on serious issues. Non-profit organizations in attendance will discuss topics such as the benefit of co-operative, organic farming or the hazards of genetically modified food.
Speakers will give presentations on sustainable and socially responsible issues. Amy Goodman, the host of news program Democracy Now!; Alisa Gravitz, director of Co-Op America; Deyanira del Rίo, associate director of Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, and as mentioned T&G founder Chris McGrath who will be giving a talk on the new Thrifty & Green Blogger Network, April 22, at 1pm. These are just some of the speakers who will attend the Green Festival.
The Big (Green) Apple
Established ten years ago, the Green Festival is a collaborative effort between Green America and Global Exchange, two organizations dedicated to promoting sustainable- and humanitarian-focused companies around the world. While the event has toured the nation for the past decade, this will be the Festival’s first year in New York.
Perhaps not as well known for an environmentally-friendly image as some West Coast cities, New York has quickly established itself as an essential destination for all things green.
“NYC has a great green culture, from the bike lanes and subway to the myriad green spaces woven throughout the city and the farmers markets that continue through the winter,” Alix Davidson, Senior Regional Director of Green Festivals wrote in an email.
“From thriving diverse communities to emerging leadership in green tech and green building as well as NYC traditionally being a hub for finance and fashion, we felt we needed to be here,” Davidson said.
The organizers aren’t just thinking green for festival content; they’re also making sure the event itself will be as sustainable as possible. Javits Center North is a newly constructed extension of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The extension comes with a host of eco-friendly features, including bright skylights, energy-efficient lighting, and recycling facilities. All Green Festival materials, from vendor banners to lunch utensils, are either biodegradable or made from recycled content. Trashcans will not be present at the festival, as all waste will be sorted and recycled.
Visit the Green Festival at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street and 10th Avenue, New York; Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets and more information available at www.greenfestivals.org.
Photo credit: Kevin Jo and Joanne Postlethwaite.
Edited by Sara E. Howard
About the Author
Dan Cabrera is a writer living in New York City. His favorite color, appropriately enough, is green. You can follow him on Twitter: @Dan_Cab.