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Published on November 8th, 2016 | by Carolyn Fortuna


Your Carbon Footprint at the 2016 Green Festival

Green festivals incorporate environmental considerations to minimize their negative impacts through reduction of waste, water, and energy, use of fair trade or organic food, incorporating local suppliers and locally sourced products, and providing education about environmental impacts. A green festival is so much fun! This year’s Green Festival Expo in San Francisco will take place November 11-13, 2016.


Think of the Green Festival as a marketplace combined with a green living event. It’s a place to shop for green food, fashion, health, energy, construction, and design  — all in one setting. The Green Festival brings together potential customers, retailers, wholesalers, and corporations who want to share ideas about an expansive and engaging green marketplace and world. You’ll find trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers at the Green Festival. That’s because Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability event. The people who participate hope to promote the best in sustainability and green living.

There is another, and maybe more important, way to participate in this year’s Green Festival. You can go carbon neutral.

Going carbon neutral is a way of demonstrating that you’re taking conscious steps to measure and reduce emissions. At a green festival, the goal is to balance what cannot be reduced with what can be offset. Offsetting the event with a reputable carbon management organization leads to a green festival’s transparency and increases awareness about the importance of addressing carbon neutrality at big events and in our own individual lives.

Attendees at the San Francisco Green Festival can choose to add on a package that has been calculated to accommodate the average distance travelled by thousands of attendees on their way to and from the Festival. It also takes into account the emissions generated by hotel accommodations, for example, as well as other emissions generated from electricity, heating, cooling, food options, products, brochures, and other disposable pamphlets that attendees will take with them or leave behind once the Festival is over.

The package costs $1.00, and funds will be directed to Carbon Credit Capital (CCC). CCC is a carbon credit offset company established since 2006. Individuals who buy carbon credits from CCC help protect the environment, balance their carbon output, and support impoverished local communities. CCC states that carbon credit purchases “will keep the only Earth that we have green and healthy for generations to come.”

So consider carbon credit offsets when you’re at the Green Festival in San Francisco this weekend. You can have a more positive impact to the world and become a part of the solution to carbon pollution.

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Carolyn writes from her home in RI, where she advocates with her lake association for chemical-free solutions to eradicate invasive species. She’s an organic gardener, nature lover, and vegetarian (no red meat since 1980) who draws upon digital media literacy and learning to spread the word about sustainability issues. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Google+

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