The Green Prize Festival, Long Beach’s signature Earth Day event now in it’s third year, will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 11:00AM to 7:00PM at Admiral Kidd Park in West Long Beach, according to the announcement.
The Green Prize Award Ceremony recognizes the city’s home-grown leaders in sustainability and environmental health and honors the valiant efforts of the local activists who are spearheading the creation of a sustainable environment. The festival seeks to support and promote all things green, from urban farmers and artisan chefs to sustainable transportation, green schools and nonprofit organizations.
“The creativity and passion of our community are really what make the Green Prize Festival so special,” stated Mayor Robert Garcia, who will assist with the presentation of the Green Prize award to local leaders in sustainability. “It’s a great example of people coming together to support an important cause and having fun doing it, and I want to thank all the organizers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication.”
“The sustainability movement here in Long Beach is growing by leaps and bounds in every industry and our accomplishments are an example for other cities interested in becoming more environmentally-focused,” stated Green Prize Festival Founder and President of Green Education, Stella Ursua. “Wait until you learn about this year’s winners!”
Festival goers can learn from local sustainability experts through educational workshops, demonstrations and a speaker series. The event will also feature eco-friendly vendors, children’s activities, free bike valet and repairs, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels, a beer garden and food trucks.
The festival will also present a number of conceptual “villages” aimed at strengthening community ties and showcasing environmental solutions. Villages include the Fresh Fair, Green Prix, Healthy Long Beach and “ReLeaf” village all focused on educating attendees about the numerous sustainability projects and initiatives happening in the city.
“We have a huge opportunity to connect traditionally underserved communities to sustainability and green practices, which will help to build healthier lives, connect residents to green organizations and future careers, and a healthier Long Beach in the long run,” stated Ursua.
A family-friendly and eclectic lineup of local artists will perform during the all-day-into-night event on the Millworks Long Beach Main Stage, thanks to Michelle Molina and the Millworks organization. Live entertainment will consist of a mixed collection of genres ranging from blues, americana, reggae, spanglish jive and world music. Additionally, the festival will feature Sea Art, See Change, an art exhibit curated by Squeeze Art Collective.
“The yearly Green Prize Festival [...] is the largest and only public and free event of its kind providing access to this wealth of information/experts to both Long Beach and LA/OC county residents,” stated Ursua. “We have created an event that is now one of the largest Earth Day events in Southern CA...and we are thrilled that Long Beach-based sustainability leaders are some of the first Green Prize awardees getting this long overdue recognition, together at one great, green event.”
To encourage festival-goers to use sustainable transit methods, there will be a free bike valet courtesy of Empact Communities. Attendees are also encouraged to BYOS, or bring your own shirt, as Red Eye Media will print the limited edition Green Prize Festival artwork on the backside for just $5.
Admiral Kidd Park is located at 2125 Santa Fe Avenue.