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This Weekend: Visit Us at Boston GreenFest!

Boston Greenfest 2014

If you’re in the Boston area this weekend and you’re interested in the environment, then you won’t want to miss Boston GreenFest 2014. This free, three-day festival brings together greater Boston’s green community to share ideas and learn about how to build a healthy and sustainable future for the region and the planet. It’s happening Aug. 15-17 at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Sustainable America is proud to be a part of this seventh-annual event, and if you stop by, here’s where you’ll find us:

One-Gallon Challenge Showcase
We’ll be bringing two cars to the festival’s alternative fuel vehicle showcase — our Sustainable America Ford C-Max Energi and a Fisker Karma. We’ve invited our friends at eNow to showcase their solar-powered box truck as well. You’ll also get a look at two electric BMWs, the i3 and i8. Stop by and check out the latest in clean-fuel technology! We’ll have a booth in the exhibitor section near the car display throughout the weekend.

Idle Threat Man on Emission filmIdle Threat Film Screenings and Panel
We’re proud to sponsor three screenings of Idle Threat: Man on Emission, a documentary about George Pakenham, a passionate New Yorker who took the issue of needless vehicle idling into his own hands by confronting drivers in his neighborhood and, eventually, city hall. Here’s a schedule of screenings:

• Fri., Aug 15 at 5 pm, followed by a panel discussion with Pakenham; Bob Doane, VP and Chief Technology Officer of eNow; and Sustainable America
• Sat., Aug 16 at 1:35 pm
• Sun., Aug 17 at 3:11 pm

Transportation Tomorrow Today Forum
Friday at 10 am, our Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz will be participating in a panel discussion about the future of transportation. The panel will tackle questions like: Where we would like to see transportation head? What is the most efficient, safe and equitable way to move from point A to point B? How do our transit systems allow us to be creative about our future?

How to Host a Successful Zero-Waste Event
On Friday at 3:30 pm, Katrina Kazda, our Director of Programs, will share everything you need to know about hosting events that are kind to the environment by producing as little waste as possible. She’ll draw from our experience working to help events like SXSW Eco and Live Green CT! send less trash to the landfill and capture more resources for recycling. Attendees will receive a take-home guide on how to organize a successful zero-waste event!

We hope to see you at this year’s GreenFest. At least 100,000 people are expected to attend, with more than 225 exhibitors participating. There will be free entertainment on four stages, a showcase of the latest earth-friendly products, clean technologies and green inventions, as well as local food, sustainably made beer and wine, and lots of activities for the kids. Learn more at bostongreenfest.org.

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