Be Green at the 2013 Chicago Green Festival

There’s just a few days left until Navy Pier welcomes the 2013 Chicago Green Festival! Join us this Saturday and Sunday for one of the city’s largest events celebrating a commitment to green, sustainable living!

And what better setting for an event like this than Navy Pier? Enjoy a scenic walk through Gateway Park or down Dock Street before heading inside Festival Hall A to experience the green offerings of over 350 local and national businesses!

So who will be on hand? Get ready to network and learn from exhibitors like Clif Bar, Simply Wood Rings, the Sierra Club, Hoy, Clear Channel, Democracy Now!, Yelp, Zipcar, Yoga Journal, Ford, and many more. Grab a bite in the Organic Food Court or a drink in the Organic Beer & Wine Garden. Learn all about fair trade and ways you can become an environmental advocate for your own community. Take a free yoga class! Bring the kids and let them play eco-carnival games and make recycled crafts. Enjoy some live music, dancing, and eco-art installations. Settle in for one of the day’s amazing speakers. We can’t mention it all here so you’ll just have to come see it for yourself!

So what kind of difference has the Green Festival already made? Hundreds of thousands of pounds of materials have been diverted from landfills; instead of being thrown out, plastics, aluminum, glass, mixed paper, and cardboard have been processed at recycling plants. Thousands of pounds of fresh, organic soil have been produced and composted by local agencies. And many valuable resources, like metal and wood, have been recovered and donated to local organizations. Pretty amazing stuff!

If this is your first time visiting the Chicago Green Festival, please keep in mind these helpful practices to help us meet our goal of a zero-waste event and spread the fun for everyone!

  • Bring your own water bottle, plate, and utensils.
  • Bring old cell phones, batteries, and e-waste to recycle.
  • Compost all food-ware at the event at a Resource Recovery Station.
  • Take only the handouts you’ll read and recycle them when finished.
  • Ride your bike or use public transportation options when possible!
  • If you need to drive, carpool.
  • Spread the message: sustainable living is possible!
  • Be sure to thank our volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you all this weekend, and remember – stay green!

Chicago Green Festival:

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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