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San Francisco Green Festival 2009

Green Festival 2009The long weekend of events has come to a close for Green Festival 2009.  This past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday delivered a plethora of green products, services, speakers, and parties.

Many of the products were similar to prior years, but a few new additions popped up and stood out from the crowd. One was a individual garden bed greenhouse from SunPod.  Eco-friendly vegetable ink dry erase markers from AusPen made their mark. And Taylor’s Tonics Chai Cola stood out as the most unique and attractive booth (see picture). There were many more additions, but these stood out to me.

Taylor's Tonic Chai Cola

Taylor's Tonic Chai Cola

This year’s speakers were very similar to previous years, but all of the talks I attended were very informative and inspiring. Amy Goodman spoke about the need for public television as an alternative to the mainstream media. As well as alternative approaches to standing up for your own rights, such as how The Yes Men , as well as a Utah student who posed as a bidder to save thousands of acres of public land from development and shine light on a faulty auction. Paul Stamets made a powerful presentation about the power of mushrooms to solve global problems. And many many others gave inspiring messages about how to make the world a better place. Even the Mayor of San Francisco showed up and gave a brief speech.Green Festival Speakers

Instead of describing each talk due to the incredible number of talks, you can purchase any of the speeches on the Green Festival website.

At the end of each day, the festivities continued at after parties throughout San Francisco. There were at least 5 different after parties over the three days.

Lastly, if you did not make it to the event, or wanted to review anything you saw, definitely check out the Green Festival Website for a very detailed account.

If you would like to see photos of the event, please see them here.

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Weeds Taking Over At Harvest Festival 2009

Harvest Festival 2009 SebastopolThis past Saturday in Sebastopol, California, the 11th annual Harvest Festival brought information, politics, and music together in harmony. Well, not quite, but close. There are many Harvest Festivals across the United States around this time of year. They are held at a different time of the season, depending on the approximate time of harvesting crops in the area. The festivals are used to celebrate the time of harvest, as well as provide information about the harvest.

The festival in Sebastopol was a bit different than a typical Harvest Festival.  This time of year was harvesting time for medical Marijuana in northern California. The event centered around the use of medical Marijuana and legalizing Marijuana. It has always been a hot topic of debate, and this event proves that enough people are interested in seeing it legalized.

Whether you are for or against legalization or medical use, I suggest you attend an event like this to gather information from both sides of the argument. It may just make you think different about what you may hear from the news media or friends.

To get information similar to information presented at the event, try visiting www.westcoastleaf.com, a newspaper publication which attended the event.

Going Green in Palo Alto, CA

Silicon Valley is Going Green with clean technology experts, investors, and entrepreneurs. These gurus of green are meeting in Palo Alto, California once per month to provide innovative insight into the developing and cutting edge marketplace.

The group, “Going Green,” meets once per month and focuses on discussing real world ecological and sustainable development issues while developing new products, services and companies to address real world issues. A panel of experts in the field discuss their expertise and how to excel in the clean tech industry. Each panel includes investors, funders, entrepreneurs, and innovators making a strong impact in the industry, often owners of leading organizations.

This month’s speaker is Jon Bonanno, President and Co-Founder of Principle Power, Inc., a renewable energy power producing company. In the past, Mr. Bonanno founded such companies as Interbill, Solid Streaming, and ViaMoviles, all large competitors in the global marketplace. Jon was also an early Angel investor in Earth Class Mail, Sierra Nevada Solar and the first investor in Cool Earth Solar, at which he has served on the Board of Directors and as a Commercial Advisor.

He was recently elected by his peers to chair the Cleantech Investment Committee for the Keiretsu Forum Angel Network, the world?s largest angel investing organization. Mr. Bonanno is a member of ACORE (American Counsel on Renewable Energy) and the New Energy Congress and a sponsor of EasyConnect, a Berkeley-based mobility and transportation study group.

If you would like to attend this month’s meeting, it will be held at DLA Piper, at 2000 University Avenue, in Palo Alto, California on March 24, 2008 at 6:30pm. The meetings take place one per month on the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, visit http://green.meetup.com/224/

Sustainable Business Happy Hour in San Francisco, CA

Elixir Bar in San Francisco, CAI recently made it to my first “Sustainability Business Happy Hour” in San Francisco, CA. It is now a part of greendrinks.org, a green/environmental networking happy hour that has spread across the country. They cater to “NGOs, academia, government and business” for those interested or work in the environmental industry.

My impression before going was an informal get together with people lounging around at a table drinking beer or having a snack. The bar, Elixir, turned out to be your average corner bar with minimal seating besides the usual bar stools and a few small round tables. Elixir is a great venue for such an event. Although the building was not built green, they serve many organic beers and liquor from around the world. Yes I know, transporting them from all over is not very sustainable, but it ws nice to see such a wide selection and the market for such products.

The place was full, but I had no idea if everyone at the bar was there for the happy hour or whether some were just locals. Well, some were just locals! Luckily I knew someone going, so I quickly found him and started connecting with others. Now I’ve been to a lot of green events, but I would say this event brought out a few more younger people than I was used to. That or the young ones were the locals, who knows!

After awhile, the sponsors of that month’s event, The Green Zebra, brought party supplies and games because it was valentine’s day. It was a nice little ice breaker to get people chatting and having some fun. We played spin the bottle for prizes (kissing optional), broke a pinata (and almost broke the TV in the process), and passed around some chocolates and treats.

Owner of Elxir Saloon in San Francisco, CAThe owner of the bar (see picture) was super nice and a friend of the green industry. The bar was nice and it was overall a good experience. I prefer the business networking, but if I want to go have a beer on the 2nd Thursday of the month, I’ll certainly choose organic at the Sustainable Business Happy Hour!