About Boston GreenFest
Boston GreenFest is entering its ninth year! The Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., creator and organizer of Boston GreenFest, is working hard with its grassroots planning team to bring lots of amazing new elements to Boston City Hall Plaza this summer. We have expanded our scope to include Faneuil Hall and Sam Adams Park.
This festival offers more than just great music and food. It has something for everyone and is FREE to attend. Boston GreenFest provides festival-goers with the chance to learn, connect, and celebrate. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighborhood! Most importantly, Take a Step!
What's Happening at the 9th Annual Boston GreenFest?
There will be interactive exhibits, forums, presentations, and special features: continuous live entertainment on three stages, Wine & Beer Garden, EcoFashion and ecoArt, BostonGreenFilmFest, EcoRide & Drive, Showcase of Innovation, lots of great kids' activities, delicious food, and much more.
Learn and Celebrate!
Find out how to save money and make your home efficient. Buy local fresh and organic fruits and vegetables. Explore interesting vendors of unique crafts and products. Check out new clean technologies and green inventions. Be amazed at how we can begin to make a difference with small changes to our own lives and how we can build on these changes with our neighbors. Let's learn and celebrate together!
Meet the Director of Boston GreenFest:
Dr. Karen Weber has a vision. She imagines a world in which we are reunited with nature, plants cover our cities in the form of green roofs, living walls, urban farms and thriving gardens across our urban space. This world abounds with beauty, sustainable design, amazing art, smart technology and reflects the responsible use of all materials. It is a world in which we have found forgiveness within ourselves and toward each other; hold equal respect for humanity and all life; and are constantly grateful for the small and large miracles we encounter on a daily basis throughout our lives.
Boston GreenFest is an expression of her passion for life, her desire to share knowledge, her optimism for a better future, her desire to help unite our city and develop sustainable jobs for everyone, her recognition that youth must be involved on every level, and her ability to work with a very diverse team to bring this extraordinary event to fruition.
Dr. Karen Weber has a doctorate in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University, and is LEED AP. Her academic specialty is in maritime fisheries management and international law of the sea. She worked several years as a fellow in the Oceanographic Research Center of Abidjan (CRO) and the Ivoirian Center for Economic and Social Research (CIRES). During her years of fieldwork she worked with many communities across Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa.
She has served on the planning committees of NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association), GreenBuild, and altWheels, and has been recognized for her work with awards from NEWIEE (New England Women in Energy and Environment), the City of Boston, and Green Schools. She was also a guest at the White House for the EPA's program on Environmental Education in May 2012.
Years of study and travel have taken Dr. Weber across five continents. Dr. Weber consulted for and assisted with two world green roof conferences, one in Shanghai, China in May 2010, and one in Indore City, India in November 2011. She speaks several languages, including French and Spanish.
Married to a wonderful and very supportive husband, she is the mother of four terrific children (three are triplets). She has been actively involved in her children's education and has made time to serve on the school site council as well as the parent council of six Boston Public Schools.
Leadership for the International Youth Summit
This year we have added a special component to our event, an International Youth Summit which will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Faneuil Hall. We are reaching out to high school youth from New England as well as India and Nepal. Our youth are our partners. They are savvy and sensitive to what is happening in today's climate challenged world. We need to give them opportunities to connect with each other, learn as much as possible from each other and work with adults to insure that we are on a balanced path.
We are proud to announce our partnership with Mr. Virendra Rawat, who has been converting schools in India, one by one, to become green and sustainable. He is an educator with extraordinary vision. We are fortunate to have him join our team.
Virendra Rawat is the founder of the Green School initiative in India and the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Mr Rawat is a renowned educator, presently mentoring more than 100 Green Schools in India and the UAE. He is the Green School Advisor to the Government of Gujarat. He is also the founding member of the Board of Management of C U Shah University in Surendranagar, Gujarat and is a Professor at L J Institute of Management in Ahmadabad. Recently he received the Outstanding Green School Director Award from the National Green School Society of America for his contribution of introducing sustainability to schools across India and the UAE.
The Team behind Boston GreenFest!
The Team that brings Boston GreenFest together comes from all corners of Boston and from many backgrounds spanning age, culture, color and gender. Each member of the team has his/her own vision and passion. Together we weave the story that Boston GreenFest presents each year. Click HERE to join us!