From Green Right Now Reports

Chicago-area residents will get to survey the latest green goods, listen to eco-thought leaders and snack on Fair Trade goodies at the Chicago Green Festival planned for Navy Pier on May 22-23.

Green Festival - Chicago is set for Navy Pier May 22-23

Chicago Green Festival is set for Navy Pier May 22-23

The two-day event will feature more than 350 local and national green businesses, and 150 speakers at panel discussions and how-to workshops. It will include a Fair Trade, Green Home and Organic Food and Gardening pavilions as well as eco-kids activities and green refreshments such as organic beer, wine and food.

Attendees can hear about everything from choosing recycled paper to building a greener investment portfolio; from getting the toxics out of the house to putting beneficial microbes back into the soil.

Some highlights:

  • A demonstration of a Certified Organic Rooftop Farm, owned by the restaurant Uncommon Ground, with a presentation by co-owner Helen Cameron. The urban farm, constructed on a 2500 square foot deck of recycled composite material, includes 28 cedar and steel planter boxes that are bordered by five solar thermal panels to heat water.
  • A showing of the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Emmy Award nominee Jo√£o Amorim. The documentary follows¬†journalist Daniel Pinchbeck as he explores an optimistic approach to the year 2012, incorporating the wisdom of ancient cultures with modern technology advances.
  • Dr. Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green, will discuss how food habits affect our future.
  • Ambassador Carol Moseley Brown will talk about her company Ambassador Organics, a coffee, tea and spice supplier that sources organic, biodynamic and Fair Trade products.
  • Naomi Davis, founder of Blacks in Green (BIG) and a fellow with Green For All, will speak on green jobs
  • Dr. Kevin Denaher, a founder of Global Exchange, TransFairUSA and the Green Festivals (Chicago is just one; Green Festivals also hosts events in Seattle, San Francisco and Washington D.C.) also will speak on green careers.

The fair is a project of Global Exchange and Green America. Visitors can see a guide to the festival online.