Green Events Across the U.S. in Late Summer and Fall

Here is a guide to green events taking place across the United States in the coming months, including Build It Green, the Slow Food National Festival, West Coast Green, and others.

by Jessica Jensen

Here is a guide to green events taking place across the United States in the coming months. Enjoy!

Build It Green green building trainings, various dates & cities in California

Build It Green is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California. Build It Green offers trainings for green building professionals, green home tours, and more. Click here to learn more about events, locations and dates. **Note they have trainings at the end of July and early August, so check quickly!


Slow Food Nation Festival, San Francisco, CA Aug. 29-Sept. 1

The inaugural Slow Food Nation event will be held on Labor Day Weekend 2008, at Fort Mason and San Francisco City Hall. The world’s most pressing questions regarding health, culture, the environment, education, social justice and the global economy are all deeply connected to the food we eat and how it is produced. Slow Food Nation is an event at the center of a movement with national impact and global implications. It will engage tens of thousands of attendees in learning how everyday choices affect our wellbeing, our culture and the health of the planet, and will bring hundreds of farmers and food artisans from across the country to present an extraordinary range of foods and preparation techniques. It will offer activities for all ages, including food, music, talks, forums, workshops, films and exhibits.

Rethinking Food, Health, and the Environment: Making Learning Connections New York City, Aug. 9-13

Numerous teams of teachers from schools across the United States have already applied for the Center for Ecoliteracy’s Summer Institute, “Rethinking Food, Health, and the Environment: Making Learning Connections.” The five-day residential institute, put on by Ecoliteracy, is co-sponsored with Teachers College Columbia University.

West Coast Green, San Jose, CA  Sept. 25-27

West Coast Green is the premier green home expo, in its third successful year. Exhibitors include builders, architects, home materials manufacturers, and much more. It is a great place to learn what you can do to have a more green home and lifestyle and to see all the latest and greatest in materials advances. It’s such an important event that Al Gore is giving the keynote addres!!! To be held at the San Jose Convention Center.
** Your Low Impact Living friends will be exhibiting, so come by and say hello!

2008 Ohio Green Living Fayre, Johnstown, OH Sept. 1

Workshops and vendors focus on four main areas of interest: Alternative Building & Energy; Healthy Food & Agriculture Practices; Sustainable Living & Lifestyles; and Wellness & Healing. At the Flying J Organic Farm in Johnstown, just east of Columbus.

Going Green Expo Portland, Maine, Sept. 13 & 14

At the Howard’s Sports Arena. Green Energy, Green Building, Appliances & Decor, Green Advocates, Green Kids Zone, Green Food Court, Eco-Fashion Show, Green Book & Film Festival, Green Bazaar - Gifts & Products, Green Jobs & Degrees Fair, Green Transport Test Track, Energy & Living Workshops…and more.

The 9th Annual Sustainable Living Fair, Ft. Collins, CO Sept. 20

The Sustainable Living Fair is a solution based, hands-on, family oriented event designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Sustainable Living Practices, Renewable Energy, Environmental & Social Responsibility, Natural Health, Green Building, Alternative Vehicles, Organic Agriculture, Local Economies and more.

Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference, Los Angeles, CA  Nov. 7 & 8

 Opportunity Green 2008 at UCLA is an unprecedented gathering of the prime movers and shakers transforming the world of green business.  The best and brightest entrepreneurial CEOs, executives, professionals, designers, and investors focused on building profitable, socially responsible and sustainable enterprises will convene on the UCLA campus.

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