WHAT: The second annual MI Green Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony highlights the Charity Preview of the Green Living Festival, taking place in Downtown Rochester the weekend of June 22-24.
WHEN: The Charity Preview takes place on Weds., June 20, 7-9 p.m.
WHY: The Charity Preview is an opportunity to join dignitaries, media, community leaders and award winners as well as event sponsors, managers and supporters for a lively preview of the Green Living Festival and for the second annual MI Green Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony (winners listed below). Enjoy an evening of celebration and community, plus music, appetizers and drinks. Net proceeds benefit the U.S. Green Building Council – Detroit Regional Chapter’s Green School in a Lunchbox! program.
WHO: Those being recognized as Michigan green leaders for their dedication and achievements include:
– Jerry Neale, co-founder of Michigan Healthy Living and Sustainability, publisher of the state’s leading green magazines (Natural Awakenings–Greater Oakland and Greater Genesee), giving voice to health and sustainability issues and news and supporting those working to make a difference. He also sponsors numerous health and environmental expos and originally co-founded the Green Living Festival in 2006.
– Joel Kahn, MD, DMC medical director of wellness programs and director of preventive cardiology and rehab, also a professor of medicine at WSU. Dr. Kahn is being recognized for his tireless work to educate the public about how a plant-based diet can prevent and reverse heart disease.
– Peggy Matta, chair, U.S. Building Council-Detroit Regional Chapter’s Green Schools Committee. She helped create and judge the My Green School Art Contest, a statewide effort to raise awareness of Michigan schools’ green initiatives. She also launched “Green School in a Lunchbox!”, a vibrant, web-based “lunchbox” which introduces concepts of sustainable building to K-5th grade students.
– Alana Hart, district team captain for The Home Depot. She works with the EcoOptions program to educate customers about ways to decrease their carbon footprint. In support of the company’s recycling efforts, she started a program for employees. A tireless community builder, managing her team’s product and volunteer donations to local nonprofits, she is also an active leader with the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action. Alana aims to live simply and green every day.
COST: Public $25; Media FREE.
MORE INFO & TO REGISTER: Visit www.migreenteam.com/glfcelebrate
ABOUT THE GREEN LIVING FESTIVAL: One of the largest green/wellness events on the planet, the Green Living Festival brings together tens of thousands of people for “good, green fun” as they learn about healthy living and earth-friendly products, services and programs. Featuring more than 200 exhibits, presentations and kids’ activities, along with the Party for the Planet music, beer and food, a parade and much more, the event is presented by MI Green Team and celebrates the successes of local individuals, businesses and community groups in promoting healthy people, healthy planet. Admission is free and open to all ages.
Source: Green Living Festival