The Green Festival Expo New York City Launch Party took place at Environment Furniture Showroom on Thursday, April 2, 2015 with around one hundred attending. Special thanks to Mack Hopper, the Showroom Director of Environment Furniture Showroom - a leader in sustainable interior design. The event celebrated its fourth year in New York City. Guests included exhibitors, small business owners, media, environmental advocates and community members who all share a commitment to making New York City more sustainable. Those attending enjoyed an array of hors d'oeuvres and spirits provided by Green Festival Expo Sponsors: Candle Cafe, "Food Fresh from Farm to Table"; Dutch's Spirits, an original New York Distillery; Buchi, using fair trade organic teas, fruits, spices and medicinal herbs; Green Mountain Energy, changing the way power is made since 1997; Environment Furniture, using sustainable materials and textures to excite the furniture consumer; My Conscience, My Choice, an online guide to cruelty-free product choices; Hope Foods, creating organic dips and spreads; and Organic Spa Magazine, leading eco lifestyle magazine and media company.

We are pleased to be back in New York at the LEED Certified Javits Convention Center and endorsed by New York Mayor Bill De Blasio! Green Festival Expo attendees will witness Elizabeth Meer, Special Assistant for Pollution and Green Procurement, introducing New York's new green purchasing and sustainability program at the NY Green Festival Expo. In addition, we are proud to announce that our expo will be operating on clean energy through our new partnership with Arcadia Power. Many attendees at the Launch Party even signed up with Green Mountain Energy making the switch to Green Energy!

Rona Berg, Editor-in-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine and best-selling author, gave opening remarks and shared her excitement about the creativity and innovation the Green Festival Expo will bring to the green community.

Dr. Corinna Basler, President of Green Festivals, Inc., spoke enthusiastically about the growing momentum of Green Festival Expo and highlighted that everyone can make a contribution by making a conscious and compassionate decision about what to put on their plate every morning. She announced new developments at Green Festival such as the new partnership with Volkswagen and Audi- who are among the leading car companies unveiling hybrid and all-electric vehicles. For the first time, Green Festival Expo New York City will be a three-day show opening from Friday to Sunday. On Friday, attendees will be able to take advantage of special B2B workshops and programming designed to educate and assist local business-owners and entrepreneurs and attendees in the green community, and open to the public to shop for fabulous green products and services.

Dutch's Spirit Sugar Wash Moonshine showcased their wine and spirits which as always is a treat! Dutch's Spirits is devoted to the production of premium, handcrafted spirits - while protecting the natural resources on their estate. If that did not get your taste buds moving, Buchi was also there blending kombucha craft brewing knowledge.Amy 88 of 167

My Conscience, My Choice brought an air of innovation to the event and will be launching their app at the Green Festival Expo. Speakers Sharon Jaye, Antonio Saillant and Ron Kamen were in attendance giving the guests a sneak peak of what's to come! The full NYC speaker list includes 54 speakers, musicians, professors, entrepreneurs, health experts and authors. A special thanks to Steve Rewinski from Green Mountain Energy for being an exhibiting sponsor of the Launch Party. Secondly, Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza, the founders of Candle Cafe almost single handedly changed the way New Yorkers think about vegan food and were there personally serving people, which was a huge honor and treat. We were thrilled to have Nira Paliwoda and Sarah Gross the founders of the Vegetarian Food Festival in attendance. Jason Schott, leader in sustainable design and Chief Operating officer of Schott NYC, also made an appearance.

Additionally, the launch party received items from Terra Nut, EcoPlum, Karmalize and Ecohabitude. Big thank you to our NYC Green Festival Expo Regional Director Amy Galper and her team! Environment Furniture Showroom was the perfect venue for the New York City Launch Party and attendees left with gift bags that provided a taste of what was to come at Green Festival on April 24, 25 & 26th at the Javits Convention Center. We encourage everyone to come out, bring your friends, and have a great time at the Expo!

Media Outlets Present: Queen's Chronicle, NY Business Journal/Entrepreneur Magazine, Tavola for Two, Huffington Post, A New Yorkers Point of View, ABC NYC, Business Journal Entrepreneur, GCaribbean Magazine and BOMB Magazine