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Non-Profits Enter To Win 5K Grant at NY Green Festival

GreenFestivals_Award_2014_CommunityAward-500The Green Festival Expo, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, will take place April 24-26 at the LEED-certified Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St.

Held in major cities throughout the United States, the Green Festival is designed as an inspiration and one-stop-shop for people who want to live a more balanced life. It includes presentations by expert speakers, children’s activities, and some 130 exhibitors who will be on hand with healthy and sustainable food, products and services.

The festival will culminate with the presentation of its Community Award, which comes with a $5,000 grant, to the best community/environmental project within 60 miles of the city. Qualifying projects must be operated by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Natural Awakenings is one of five judges that will select the winner. The deadline for submissions is April 6; for more info and to submit online, visit GreenFestivals.org.

The featured speaker for this year’s Green Festival Expo will be Antonio Salliant, founder of Planet Greenfest and CEO of Angel Light Pictures, who will discuss his vision and passion for creating energy efficiency in the movie and television industries.

Pet owners can browse a special marketplace, Green Pets, that will bring together trusted companies, large and small, and their innovative products representing the best in green living for pets.

Last year’s Green Festival attracted 21,000 visitors, local organizers say. This will be the festival’s fifth year in New York, which is on the forefront in reducing energy consumption and has one of highest percentages of green space among US cities. It also has the highest percentage of workers commuting by public transportation, by bicycle or by foot. The city’s sustainability program PlaNYC has helped it achieve the cleanest air in 50 years, adding 865,000 trees and five million feet of reflective rooftop to the urban landscape, and has helped reduce the carbon emissions in the city by 19 percent since 2005.

Festival times are Friday from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to apply for the Community Award visit GreenFestivals.org.