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Green Festival, Saturday — Speakers, Vendors, Food

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Green Festival will be Saturday from noon to 5 pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave.

The main purpose of the Green Venice Festival is to provide green living solutions to Venice residents to help them become more environmentally engaged, aware and proactive. Expo vendors will provide green solutions to help attendees green their home, lives, cars, kids, food, and more! 

Neighbors can expect an Expo section full of vendors providing information (no commerce is conducted on site, its purely informational), a huge Kid’s section sponsored by local animation house Hippo Works, a company that teaches kids about climate change and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through fun, interactive cartoons. Activities including: upcycled arts & crafts from the reDiscover Center, a kids’ fitness challenge in the park, a huge coloring wall provided by the LADWP, and other crafts and games. 

The speaking schedule is chock full of prominent names in the environmental space. We’ll hear from: 

  • Venice local David Hertz about his new SkySource water initiative
  • Finian Makepeace, founder of Kiss the Ground about the importance soil plays in our lives
  • Genesis Butler, a wonderfully passionate 10-year old advocate for veganism and animal rights 
  • Matt Petersen, the Head of Sustainability City of LA, to discuss LA’s sustainability plan
  • Steve Glenn of Living Homes, about sustainable architecture
  • Anna Cummins, founder of 5Gyres discussing our oceans & their health 

We’ll also have workshops on: gardening & composting led by Nicole Landers of Community Healing Gardens, plant-based nutrition made simple by vegan activist Alex Rea, and more.

EcoSafe Zero Waste will run the zero waste stations to make this event completely zero waste, the LADWP will power the event with their solar truck, and FREE trees will be given out by the LA Conservation Corps

Finally, solar-run DJ’s the Syncons will be spinning all day, while people enjoy local restaurants Poke Shack, Flower Child and others who will be giving out free food & lemonade, and there will be food for sale as well. 

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