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D.C. Green Festival Draws 15,000

October 25, 2004
The Green Festival, a two-day party with a serious purpose, came to Washington, DC for the first time September 18 and 19. The event drew 15,334 participants and over 500 volunteers from all over the country and internationally.

A joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America, the DC Green Festival featured more than 350 exhibitors, speakers, community leaders, green businesses and artists that support the emergence of a new economic paradigm that supports safe, healthy communities, strong local economies, social and economic justice, and environmental sustainability.

"The event was a huge success and exceeded all of our expectations," stated Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director of Co-op America. "It is clear that Washington, DC residents care about social and environmental issues and want to support companies that are doing good for people and the planet. We look forward to keeping the momentum going," Gravitz said.

The Green Festival not only supported the people and companies working for a new economy, it also made the event as sustainable as possible. For the first time ever at the Washington DC Convention Center, recyclables and compostables were collected throughout the weekend and kept out of landfills. All of the carbon emissions from the convention center and travel to the event by exhibitors and speakers was also offset by Native Energy Green Tags.

"The resource recovery figures were amazing over 5,850 gallons of compost were delivered to a local compost/farm facility and 30 cubic yards of plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, glass and aluminum were recycled. In the entire two-day event less than four cubic yards of waste could not be recycled," according to Georgia Malki, Green Festival Operations Director.

The Green Festival encourages everyone to take steps every day to create a more just and sustainable society. Check out the Green Festival web site www.greenfestivals.org to get the tools and information for green living, purchasing and investing 365 days a year.





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