San Rafael’s First EcoFair Marin Celebrates Local Sustainability and Draws a Diverse Crow

Held at the Marin County Fairgrounds, the inaugural EcoFair Marin green living showcase attracted a diverse crowd of more than 1,850 attendees. Plans are underway to repeat the event in 2012.

Online PR News – 16-September-2011 – – San Rafael, CA – The inaugural EcoFair Marin, hosted by the City of San Rafael, attracted more than 1,850 attendees to the county fairgrounds on September 4, 2011. A diverse crowd attended the green living showcase, which included 50 local exhibitors and 25 speaker presentations.

Keynote speaker and autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin brought an overflow crowd to the sunny lawn surrounding the main stage. Additional visionary speakers included Sim Van der Ryn, a pioneer in sustainable architecture, and panels on financing and operating sustainable farms, and organic gardens in Marin schools.

Supported by local businesses
Sponsors such as Lifehouse, Mary’s Chickens, Whole Foods, Marin Sanitary Service and Clif Bar helped make the event possible. And a wide array of local exhibitors represented the area’s contribution to a healthier planet, from Sequoia Beauty’s organic skin care to the Marine Mammal Center and Sonoma Valley Worm Farm. On the DIY Stage, cheesemaking, beekeeping and backyard chicken raising were among the popular topics.

Fairfax-based Lydia’s Lovin’s Foods provided tasty raw, vegan and organic foods and Laloo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream sold out of all flavors, from chocolate to fig.

Local musicians played under the trees throughout the day and families enjoyed the climbing wall and craft activities for kids.

Seven-Star, the producer of nationwide Green Festivals, partnered with the City of San Rafael and a volunteer executive committee to host the new event. “Thanks to the enthusiasm of the community and the commitment of participating organizations, EcoFair Marin is off to a great start,” said Executive Director Paul Ferreri. Plans are underway for a repeat event in 2012.

Aiming for zero waste
Although public events are notorious for producing tons of trash, EcoFair Marin was planned to tread lightly on the environment. With the help of Seven-Star, Conservation Corps North Bay and Marin Sanitary Service, a full 89% of waste from the fair was diverted from the landfill, going instead to compost and recycling. The group aims to reach their goal of 95% diversion in 2012.

About EcoFair Marin
EcoFair Marin, a nonprofit project sponsored by MarinLink, grew out of the City of San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan. The event was created to celebrate Marin’s leadership role in environmental sustainability. Bringing together nationally known and local companies and NGOs, the event educated and entertained the community, and provided tips for attendees to incorporate into a greener lifestyle. Learn more at and contact Paul Ferreri to find out about exhibiting, sponsoring or speaking at next year’s event.

Paul Ferreri
Executive Director
EcoFair Marin
A project of MarinLink
(415) 519-5565

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