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The Daily
Despite the Dalai Lama’s concurrent visit, more than 30,000 environmentally conscious Seattleites ventured to the city’s first annual Green Festival April 12 and 13.
April 22, 2008

Despite the Dalai Lama’s concurrent visit, more than 30,000 environmentally conscious Seattleites ventured to the city’s first annual Green Festival April 12 and 13. The two-day event featured hundreds of booths and more than 125 speakers illustrating how to be environmentally sustainable.

People who rode their bicycles or took the bus to the festival received discounts on tickets. Many items at the festival were sustainable, such as the compostable corn-based plastic cups and bicycles that generated enough electricity to run an exhibitor’s booth. Only 5 percent of the waste created at the festival ended up in landfills. The rest was recycled or composted.

Seattle is recognized nationwide and globally as a leader in the green revolution. Mayor Greg Nickels spoke at the event about how he has challenged cities across the country to join Seattle in reducing carbon emissions to comply with Kyoto Protocol standards.