The Green Festival has returned to the District of Columbia.
Day One is over for this year’s Green Festival being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown DC. Traditional green friendly programs like Fair Trade, Community Action and Awareness, and Green Business are just a few of the areas covered. The widely popular event is considered to be one of the nation’s premier sustainability annual events.
This year the event includes brand new hands-on stages like Live Art Demonstration, DIY, Good Food, Green Pets Stage, and Eco-Fashion Showcase. Many attendees enjoyed checking out the DIY Stage. Also, the sustainable event featured an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court – along with an organic beer and wine garden.
Prince George’s County resident T’Shell Garvey said, “I really enjoyed the DIY Stage because I discovered some pretty cool ways to save money and eat healthy.”
“One of the highlights for me was hearing Amy Goodman,” said DC resident Ryan Hawthorne. “She really brought the gospel today.”
Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and host of Democracy Now!, a daily, independent global news hour and is also on a 100-city Election 2012 Silenced Majority Tour. She talked to a sizable crowd about her most recent book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.
All the vendors at the event have the Green America Seal of Approval due to their tireless work at social and environmental responsibility.
Local clothing company, SustainU is on hand, as well as Ford Motor Company, and CozyPure, a Norfolk, Virginia eco-friendly business.
CozyPure President Cheryl Hahn said, “We’ve been around for 22 years; we’re sort of considered the to be the old people in this particular industry. We use 100 percent renewable energy to produce our products too. Our pillows are unique because they are made of sustainable renewable materials. So we use renewable energy to produce a sustainable product. The bedding industry mostly produce petroleum products, and we use natural materials.”
“I personally own four of their bed pillows and comforters,” said festival attendee Karen. “I love their products. The pillows are outstanding. They fit you your body, and are amazing.”
Hahn added that DC residents can order their products online, and are in the process of getting their bedding products into area stores.
Green technology and renewable energy has been a common theme through DC government over the past week.
Recently, DC government announced a state-of-the-art bus depot, the Shepherd Parkway Metrobus Division in Southwest DC, is Metro’s first building with US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. It contains “a storm water filtration system, white roof, drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures and lighting system with occupancy sensors,” according to Metro.
A natural gas fueling station is set to open next spring.
And earlier in the month Mayor Vince Gray and other DC government officials were at the city’s first Green Building Symposium and Expo, where attendees say they received invaluable information on the city’s green and sustainable building practices.
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The Green Festival also will be held in San Francisco (November 10-11) and Los Angeles (November 17-18).