EcoFair Marin is back, and better than ever! Join us on Sunday, September 9.

EcoFair Marin

Our second annual community celebration, inspired by San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan, honors Marin’s rich heritage of environmental stewardship and eco-innovation.

An exceptional partnership with Seven-Star, Inc., producer of nationwide Green Festivals, helps us celebrate healthy choices and promote a more sustainable future.

What you’ll see

Don’t miss keynote speaker Van Jones, renowned human rights leader, environmentalist, best-selling author and green jobs adviser to the Obama White House. See the schedule for additional presentations by local business, nonprofit and government leaders who are leading the charge into the future.


Visit exhibitors who are showcasing innovative eco-living products and ideas, from organic beauty products, rainwater catchment supplies and plant-based dog food to biodegradable caskets, solar technology and green cleaning services. You’ll also see longtime local environmental stewards Point Reyes National Seashore and the Marine Mammal Center, among others.

Demos & Entertainment

Check out a variety of DIY demos, including furniture making, butter making, backyard chicken raising and more. Mill Valley educator and storyteller Susan Katz will read from her book My Mama Earth, and students from local high schools will discuss sustainability.

Don’t miss the Trashion Fashion Show or the display of Tesla, Volt and Fisker electric cars. And keep your little environmentalists happy in the UrbanSitter Kids’ Zone.

Ready for live music? Our lineup includes Congo-born Ricardo Lemvo and a variety of singer-songwriters, including Megan Slankard, Mike Gibbons and Sofi Rox, plus world-music composer Laura Inserra.

Food & Drink

Join us at 9 a.m. for an organic pancake breakfast ($8) (Pay Here Online). Enjoy local organic food, beer and wine throughout the day from Lydia’s Organics, Kasa Indian Truck, El Huarache Loco, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Frey Vineyards, Three Twins Ice Cream, Weaver’s Coffee and Clif Bar.

Please bring reusable utensils and water bottles (refill at the complimentary water station) to help achieve our event’s zero-waste goals. Marin Sanitary Service and the Conservation Corps North Bay will provide waste diversion services.


Event Greening for EcoFair Marin 2012

EcoFair Marin
Last year EcoFair Marin diverted 89% of its waste from the landfill. In 2012, we are moving closer to our goal of becoming a zero-waste event. Our three greening partners will ensure that every feature of the fair—from public to back-of-house operations—will be sustainably produced.

Special thanks to Seven-Star, Inc., producer of Green Festivals, for coordinating the effort; Conservation Corps North Bay for sorting the waste; and Marin Sanitary Service for helping with disposal. From using environmentally responsible products and services to exhibitors contributing their own carbon offsets, our aim is to tread lightly on the Earth. This year we plan on donating the offsets we collect to Marin Releaf, which is dedicated to planting trees throughout Marin.

Here’s how we will practice the four pillars of sustainable event production:

  • eco-product conversion 
  • landfill reduction and diversion
  • energy reduction and conservation
  • water reduction and conservation

You can help…

  • Carry a refillable water container 
  • Use the presorted waste bins for: Recyclables, Organics, and Compostable items

Welcoming Van Jones…Keynote Speaker at 3pm on Main Stage

Van Jones

Van Jones will be featured at EcoFair Marin as the keynote speaker at 3pm on the Main Stage – on Sunday, September 9. Author of the recently published Rebuild the Dream, Van is a “globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy.”

As an advisor to the Obama White House, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. A Yale Law School graduate, he has a 20-year track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of three other thriving nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All.

Van’s book, Rebuild the Dream, hits the shelves on April 4th, the anniversary of MLK’s assassination. As the first former Obama official to release a book, Van explores seven major missteps made by the White House and its supporters after Obama’s 2008 victory. He also lays out a game plan for turning anger into action, protest into power and suffering into solutions—so that our economy can respect the 99% and work for the 100%, not just the top 1%.

He is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and American Progress Action Fund, and held a joint appointment at Princeton University as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Van is on the board of Demos and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in Collaborative Economics at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

TIME magazine called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done.” He is also the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy.

To learn more about Van Jones, visit – and mark your calendar to join us on Sunday, September 9 to see Van live at EcoFair Marin!


2011 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Photo by Angus Bremner

Dr. Temple Grandin is a world-renowned animal scientist and an autism self-advocate, as well as an author, speaker, and video producer. She will be presenting on the Main Stage at EcoFair Marin on Sunday, September 4.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Now her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes has been brought to the screen. HBO has produced the full-length film Temple Grandin, which premiered on Saturday, February 6th on HBO. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.
- a testimonial from

For more information, go to Event Schedule.


The Greening of EcoFair

Every feature of EcoFair Marin – from public to back-of-house operations – will be sustainably produced. We will use environmentally responsible products and services and each exhibitor is contributing to their own carbon offsets.

To adhere to the four pillars of sustainable event production, EcoFair Marin will practice:

  • Eco-product conversion
  • Landfill reduction and diversion
  • Energy reduction and conservation
  • Water reduction and conservation

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