By Aubrey Green, Residential Coordinator
On October 29, 2011, I accompanied two CIP Long Beach students to the Green Festival in Los Angeles held at the LA Convention Center. We all got a chance to do service for community as Green Team volunteers. As members of the volunteer team the students were a huge part of the nation’s leading sustainability event educating and activating people to make choices for a just and sustainable world. We also were put in play as crowd control for a book signing of one of the nations most popular progressive authors.
Before the students started the volunteer work they were educated by their Manager Joe on the importance of building sustainable communities and were given a preview of all that the festival had to offer including more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music; all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing. Joe was thrilled to find out that the students were apart of the CIP program as he was the same team leader that led the Berkeley center students in San Francisco last year.
Led by our own student Ian M. we stayed outside for over two hours separating the trash given into the compost, plastic, and paper disposal containers. We were also joined by volunteers who were local students from both the University of Southern California and Cal State Long Beach.
Prior to our work as Green Team volunteers we assisted as crowd control to help control the huge crowd gathered for a book signing of author Amy Goodman. Goodman is an American progressive broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter,and author. Goodman is the host of Democracy Now, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and the internet. Goodman was at the LA Green Festival as a featured speaker and signing her book Breaking the Sound Barrier.
On top of the great community service experience students got free access into the festival all weekend, an exclusive organic cotton t-shirt, free samples of organic food and drinks, and got to meet and socialized with new people that really appreciated their work.
The festival was organized by Green America, a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Green America’s mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
For more information visit http://www.greenfestivals.org