Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Green Festival, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, is debuting in New York City, and the Bronx plans to make its mark!

Here is more good news about our borough and its involvement in an upcoming green festival.



On Friday, April 20th at 11am at Mothers on the Move (928 Intervale
Ave), the press and public are invited to preview demonstrations and
interview Bronxites who are preparing products and topics to showcase
to over 30,000 guests from across the city and the nation expected at
the April 21st and 22nd New York City Green Festival at the Jacob
Javits Center North on 11th Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets in
Manhattan. At NYC Green Festival, attendees will learn how to green
their homes, find a green job, hear inspiring speakers, participate in
workshops, see a film festival and the latest in eco-fashion, taste
delicious local foods, enjoy family activities and shop at the
nation’s largest green marketplace with over 250 businesses committed
to sustainable practices. Those who come on bicycle will get in

At 11am Saturday morning, Discovery High School students with their
teacher Steve Ritz will make juices and salads on stage with fruit and
vegetables grown from their own edible walls: vertical gardens that
are transforming their cafeteria and curriculum. Tanya Fields,
founder of the Blk Projek, will be featured on the Good Food Stage at
2pm on Saturday with her signature cooking demo, “Fab Food on a Food
Stamp Budget.” The Bronx Green Business Network will have a booth
showcasing small businesses such as those incubated by the Osborne
Association: Vertical Home Gardens, Karma Builders, and FarmCity

Also not to be missed is the DIY demo at 3pm on Saturday (Stage C) on
rainwater capture, kitchen composting, non-toxic cleansers and solar
power by Andre Rivera and Taleigh Smith, members of fledgling
cooperative “Concrete Green” along with their business partners Marlon
Castro, representing his South Bronx family-owned solar thermal
business “Pyropeg,” and Kimberly Beazer, of Beazer Gardens. Sunday at
3pm, Omar Freilla will present the newest Greenworker Cooperatives
cohort and discuss how cooperatives are an essential component of the
new green economy in the Bronx and beyond.

Bronx organizations and individuals have partnered with Green
Festival’s local host “UrbanGoGreen” to develop the “Green Economy
Jobs and Opportunity Expo.” Energy Efficient retrofits for residences
and businesses will be explained on the Green Economy Stage A on both
days, featuring Kate Shackford from the Bronx Overall Economic
Development Corporation, Cynthia Ngombe from Sustainable South Bronx,
and Taleigh Smith from the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy
Coalition. Also from NWBCCC, Yorman Nuñez will be featured as a
panelist at 4pm on Saturday speaking on “How CBOs and Faith Based
Organizations can Lead the Green Economy.” Saturday at 2pm, John
Valverde from the Osborne Association Green Career Center and Jameelah
Muhammad of Bronx Community College Center for Sustainable Energy will
present information on green trainings & certifications opportunities.

A complete listing of activities and presenters can be found online at

More information on participating organizations can be found here:,,,,,