This weekend, the SF Green Festival returns a bit early, in honor of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary and offering more speakers and activities at San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center than ever before. Half the hall will be devoted to programming, creating an interactive and engaging atmosphere for attendees. Over the course of two days, attendees will explore 350 eco-friendly exhibits and 225 speakers covering the latest in clean technology, green building, socially responsible investing, eco-fashion, renewable energy, green careers, natural foods, groundbreaking films and ecotourism. Sessions include Home Solar Energy, Edible City – Building a Sustainable Food System, Social Media for Social Change, Zero-Waste Strategies for Businesses and a Green Kids’ Zone with activities for the whole family.
San Francisco Green Festival highlights include:
• Climate Leadership: From Policy to Practice – Discussion on innovation in civic engagement for urban climate solutions with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and leaders from Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room – Sunday 12 p.m.
• Breaking the Sound Barrier – Presentation by award-winning investigative journalist, Amy Goodman, highlighting stories she’s covered and reflections on her experiences – Saturday 12 p.m.
• Alice Walker, Danny Glover and Gloria Steinem (via Skype) pay a tribute to acclaimed historian, activist and author, Howard Zinn – Sunday 4 p.m.
• “Wicked” in San Francisco – A special performance from the San Francisco cast of Broadway musical, “Wicked” – Sunday 11:20 a.m.
• 2012 – Time for Change: From Conscious Evolution to Practical Solutions – A presentation with director João Amorim and author Daniel Pinchbeck, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Barabara Marx Hubbard, John Perry Barlow – Saturday, 2 p.m.
• San Francisco Film Festival presents “A Fierce Green Fire” with director Mark Kitchell and Michelle Turnure-Salleo – Kitchell presents excerpts from his work-in-progress documentary and discusses his filmmaking process. Turnure-Salleo, the director of Filmmaker Services at San Francisco Film Society will moderate a Q&A session afterwards – Sunday 4 p.m.
• Chuck D. from Public Enemy addresses issues of race and inequality – Sunday, 1 p.m.
• Eco Fashion Show by Hi-Def Creation, Inc: Changing Minds through Design – Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
• Organic dining area complete with a “Green Kitchen sponsored by The Plant in San Francisco” with –Chef Sascha Weiss and Chef Suzanne, demos and tastings, and an Organic beer and wine garden.
• Opening Ceremony – Rev. Andriette Earl, Branice Mckenzie and Ousseynou Kouyate – share the sustainability of love through spiritual ministry and song – Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
• Plus a crew of staff and volunteers dedicated to making Green Festival sustainable by diverting pounds of waste from our landfills, recovering valuable materials and educating attendees about eco-product alternatives, composting and landfill diversion.
Admission is free for all students and City of San Francisco employees. Reduced admission is available at the door for seniors, union members, bike and transit riders. Free Valet bike parking available to those who arrive by bicycle.
Weekend and one-day passes are available for advance purchase online. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.greenfestivals.org.