Second Annual Green Prize Festival; An Earth Day Celebration
2015-04-16 · By Editor
The Second Annual Green Prize Festival, in celebration of Earth Day will take place at Cesar Chavez Park (401 Golden Ave.) in Long Beach, CA, on April 25, 2015, from 11:00am-7:00pm. Festival presenters, Green Education, are promising an even bigger event this year.
The Green Prize Festival is a one-day event highlighting urban farmers, artisan chefs, live entertainment, artists, green technology, sustainable transportation, alternative health & wellness, environmental organizations as well as education through workshops, demonstrations, a speaker series and the first Clean Energy and Transportation Forum. The event also features a free bike valet, electric vehicle test drives, beer garden, eco-friendly vendors, food trucks and children’s activities. Last but not least, the Green Prize Award ceremony.
The goal of the Green Prize Award Ceremony is to support, promote and recognize local community achievements of sustainability in the city of Long Beach and its surrounding areas. The Green Prize is an award honoring the tremendous efforts of local green activists who are shaping a balanced and sustainable future.
Green Prize Festival Founder and President of Green Education, Stella Ursua said: “Efforts to create a more sustainable Long Beach can be seen throughout the city, and just like last year, we have many organizations and individuals to recognize in categories ranging from: local green builder, urban farm, small business, neighborhood association, green chef/restaurant, green school, artist, non-profit/community organization and local govt. The sustainability movement is growing by leaps and bounds in every industry and our efforts are an example for other cities interested in becoming more environmentally-focused.”
The city of Long Beach has been a pioneer in environmental initiatives, and this is reflected by strong municipal support for creating a culture of sustainability. “The Green Prize Festival and the Clean Energy & Transportation Forum are great events that showcase our community’s passion and hard work on behalf of a sustainable economy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I greatly appreciate the energy and knowledge contributed by so many volunteers in support of a greener Long Beach.”
The Green Prize Festival is held in a different Long Beach public park each year. This year, Organizers selected Cesar E. Chavez Park to highlight recent improvements such as the ADA accessible Children’s Gateway Garden and the expansion of the amphitheatre, thanks to the Willmore Heritage Association for managing the entire process. Stella Ursua said, “ We have a huge opportunity to connect a traditionally underserved community to sustainability and green practices, which will help to build healthier lives, and a healthier Long Beach in the long run.”
Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez of District 1 is thrilled to have the Green Prize Festival within her district for the first time. “The Green Prize Festival will be the first event of its kind to be hosted at Chavez Park. This is going to be a defining moment for the First District. I’m so happy Stella is working with the First District to bring eco-friendly programming to our urban neighborhood. I hope all of Long Beach will enjoy their visit to our beautiful park.”
This year’s festival will include a “Clean Energy & Transportation” forum featuring local experts from the Port of Long Beach, AES, Muni-Fed Energy and Rebuild the United States. In addition, we have a speaker series with topics ranging from Holistic Baby Care, Creating Healthy, Energy Saving Homes, Sustainable Landscaping to Sound Healing.
The festival also includes a number of conceptual “villages”, aimed at strengthening community ties and showcasing environmental solutions on a community level. Villages will include the California Endowment Eco-Friendly Marketplace, Primal Alchemy Fresh Fair village featuring Long Beach Fresh, an organization that brings together the Eaters, Seeders and Feeders of Long Beach. SolarCity Cleaner Tech village – where attendees will see the Long Beach Public Library’s 3-D printers in action and the Long Beach Memorial Healthy Long Beach village. The BYD Green Prix village – dedicated to sustainable transportation, Yogalution ReLeaf village – featuring slackline yoga, holistic healing and Ayurvedic medicine. The newest village is the ILGWU (Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms) ReUse Refuge featuring upcycled and recycled products and activities such as the Sewing Rebellion’s Frau Fiber teaching festival go-ers how to make a reusable shopping bag from an old t-shirt. Attendees are encouraged to BYOS (bring your own shirt). Red Eye Media also has a special offer for those who BYOS, in which the limited edition Green Prize Festival artwork is printed on the backside for just $5.
There will also be a fantastic line-up of local artists and entertainers (Jack Pharaoh, Snakearm (fka Restavrant), Trevor Green, Red Eye Redemption, Bobby Blunders, Machin’, Long Beach Liberators and Dancing Tehani) performing throughout the day on the Edison International Stage. Family-friendly live entertainment will consist of a mixed collection of genres ranging from americana, blues, reggae, spanglish jive and world music. Additionally, the festival will feature, the “FOUND!” art exhibit curated by Squeeze Collective, education workshops for all ages, live demonstrations, talks by industry experts and networking opportunities with a variety of environmental organizations. We are thrilled to be partnering with Sierra Nevada, a leader in sustainable brewing, to offer a craft “Beer Garden of Earthly Delights”. Patrons can pair their craft beer with culinary fare from a variety of food vendors.
To encourage festivalgoers to take sustainable transit, free bike valet will be offered by Millworks and there will be a discount program for those who arrive by Metro Los Angeles. And to top off the festival, we partnered with Environment CA, a state environmental organization to provide community members with an opportunity to test drive electric cars!
“Our goal at Green Education Inc. is to partner with stakeholders to educate and transform communities into green, sustainable neighborhoods. With this ambition on our forefront, our organization collaborates with partner organizations, local government and green businesses to educate, elevate and support individuals and families, especially in underserved and pollution burdened areas, to create healthier and sustainable communities. The yearly Green Prize Festival provides us with the venue in which to bring this to fruition, and it is the largest and only public and free event of its kind providing access to this wealth of information to both Long Beach and LA/OC county residents,” said festival founder Stella Ursua. “We have created an event that is now an Earth Day staple…I already have requests from other city councilmembers asking that that we conduct the event in their district next year and the year after that!”
For more information or to be part of the festival, go to www.greenprizefestival.com and to https://www.facebook.com/GreenPrizeFestival. To learn about Green Education Inc. go to: www.greeneducationinc.org.
ABOUT GREEN EDUCATION
Green Education Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, creates the programs, projects, systems and relationships required to educate and prepare individuals for green industry career paths and entrepreneurial opportunities. We will advance graduates to apprenticeships, internships and on-the-job training situations via collaborative projects designed to create energy efficient and sustainable communities. We will enhance our clients’ and graduates’ skills which will result in value-added and knowledgeable employees for entrepreneurships and green industry organizations.