Last year’s Charleston Green Fair in Marion Square hosted over 5,000 eco-minded citizens and nearly 100 exhibitors. With a goal of 85 percent waste diversion, 150 volunteers were in force manning the Resource and Recovery Stations. The Green Fair exceeded that goal by nearly 10 percent, posting a waste diversion of 95 percent, a first in Charleston for such a large-scale event. While local businesses shared information about their green products, services, and technologies, local nonprofit organizations offered tips about conservation, energy efficiency, local agriculture, and much more.

Some of the more popular attractions at last year’s Green Fair were the Music and Speaker Stages, the Kids’ Zone, the Nonprofit Tent, and, of course, the Beer and Wine Garden. After receiving feedback from participants and attendees, this year’s main event will maintain the quality and mission from 2008 while ramping up the fun, entertainment, and interaction.

The Coastal Conservation League, one of this year’s new partners, is sponsoring this year’s music headliner, Jesse Colin Young (former lead singer of the Youngbloods). Joining Young will be the “Music With a Message” first-place winner Corey Webb & Bodies Full of Magic, second place winner Hollow Reed, and third place winner Coleen Yost.

The Speaker Tent offers presentations covering a wide range of topics like “Going Green for Your Health,” “Conservation: A Land Ethic and Luck,” “Learn How to Put Your Money Where Your Values Are,” and more. In addition to the Speaker Tent, educational opportunities abound in our expanded Nonprofit Education Tent with 18 of the Lowcountry’s finest organizations who are working hard to make Charleston a better place to live.

Charleston Green Fair will also continue its tradition of delicious local food, featuring Monza and Taco Boy; Fiery Ron’s Hometeam BBQ, Alluette’s Café, Good Dog organic hot dogs, Street Food, and All That’s Good Italian Ice. Be sure to bring your “green,” because you can also pick up lots of gifts, including eco-friendly kid stuff from Tricycles and Trees, and organic T-shirts from Green Tree Apparel — and it’s all featured in the Green Gift Tent.

Some of the new and expanded exhibits include:

  • The Sustainable Seafood Cooking Contest from Green Fair returning partner, the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative.
  • Lowcountry Earth Force is back to help with the all new Eco-Carnival in the Kids’ Zone. The games will be run by local, youth-oriented organizations. And kids will get the chance to meet the Charleston Green Fair Kids’ Zone Mascot Schneblie!
  • Talkin’ Trash Exhibit with Jenny Bloom from Charleston County Solid Waste and Recycling.
  • Farmers Market Tent, featuring one of our new non-profit partners Lowcountry Local First.
  • Green Fair Art Walk brought to you by Charleston Art Magazine, featuring over 20 artists and craftspeople who get creative using sustainable and recycled materials.

Printable Map and Schedule

In addition to the Main Event on Sunday, there are several other events starting with the sold out Sustainable Seafood Progressive Dinner Tour. The tour features 10 of downtown Charleston’s finest restaurants and was coordinated in partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

Some of the biggest power players in the fastest growing business sector in the Southeast will be gathering on Sept. 25 at the Francis Marion Hotel to share their knowledge and expertise at the Green Business Expo. A portion of the ticket sales for the Expo will benefit the Sustainability Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council will offer a half-day accreditation workshop in the afternoon.

GreenFlix, sponsored by The Cut Company and PDA, brings a sneak preview of the nationally acclaimed film Botany of Desire, based on the book by Michael Pollan, to the Visitor Center Bus Terminal on Sat. Sept. 26. The film starts at 7:30 p.m. The GreenFlix Afterparty will follow the film.

Info Booth and Go Green Gift Store

The Green Fair Information Booth is located directly across from the Music Stage at the center of Marion Square. There you can get information from volunteers on all the day’s activities.

You can also buy tickets for the Food Court and Kids’ Zone and visit the Gift Store, where you’ll find a variety of environmentally friendly gifts and goodies. This is where you’ll find your limited edition Green Fair Logowear at great prices. Also featuring items from Tricycles and Trees (safe and stimulating toys and books for creative kids) and Green Tree Apparel (earth-conscious T-shirts and accessories).

How to Get There

Ride your bike and valet park it
Trek Bikes of Mt. Pleasant is sponsoring a complimentary bike valet, which operates just like a car valet. Take your bike to the Meeting and Calhoun street side of Marion Square and hand it over to the valet. They’ll give you a ticket and watch your bike for you until the festival’s over. Just make sure to pick it up by 6 p.m.

Take CARTA, it’s smarta
CARTA routes run throughout the Charleston area — visit or call (843) 724-7420 to determine the best route for you. All CARTA buses have racks for up to two bikes. If you’re downtown, hop on one of two DASH routes that service Marion Square. Bus stop signs indicate which routes are served.

Passes are just $4 for unlimited trips for the entire day and are available online at, at the Visitor’s Center on John Street, or on any CARTA bus or trolley.

DASH Route 210: Aquarium/CofC
To/from the S.C. Aquarium, including the Visitor Center and Marion Square. Runs approximately every 20 minutes.

DASH Route 212: Market/Waterfront
To/from the Visitor Center, including stops at Marion Square, Waterfront Park, the S.C. Aquarium, and more. Runs every 40 minutes.

Hail a green ride
Call Charleston Green Taxi, the official taxi of Charleston Green Fair, and save $2 on downtown fares and $5 on rides across the bridges in their hybrid fleet. (843) 219-0846.

Hail a pedicab from Charleston Pedicab (843-577-7088) or the Charleston Rickshaw Co. (843-723-5685). Fares for Green Fair attendees will be reduced to $3.50 per person to or from the event.

Green Fare: Food Court and Farmer’s Market

Enjoy fantastic food from the following local restaurants and food vendors. And don’t miss the Farmer’s Market Tent for fantastic local produce.

To purchase food, you must buy tickets, which are available at the Info Booth (center of the park) or in the Kids’ Zone area. Green Fair Entertainment Ticket Packs are available online until end of business on Friday at Ticket Packs include 25 tickets available for use at the Food Court and the Kids’ Zone Eco-Carnival.

All That’s Good Italian Ice

Charleston’s own delicious Italian ice.

Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ

Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ serves beer tasty barbecue, and offers live music in West Ashley and a new location on Sullivan’s Island.

Good Dog Organic Hot Dogs

Good Dog Organic Hot Dogs serves “The Best Hot Dogs in the Lowcountry,” Coleman’s all beef natural hot dog, with no antibiotics, no added hormones, nitrates, or preservatives.

Street Food

Offering vegan and vegetarian selections with an Asian flair.


Monza serves tasty pizzas made from fresh, local ingredients.

Taco Boy

Taco Boy serves up some darn good tacos and has locations on Folly Beach and in downtown.

SweetWater Brewery Beer & Wine Garden
Sponsored By SweetWater Brewery, the Official Beer of the Charleston Green Fair, and Wine Awhile

At the Beer & Wine Garden there will be green beer, but not the kind you see on St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t miss our fine selection of organic wine from Wine Awhile and delicious beer from the eco-friendly SweetWater Brewery available for purchase. New this year: reusable color-changing souvenir beer mugs. Tokens for beer and wine are available at the Beer & Wine Garden.

Sustainable Seafood Cooking Contest

Sample a signature shrimp specialty from four of South Carolina’s premier seafood restaurants. Your vote counts. Choose your favorite dish and the winner will be announced at the Fair. Tickets are limited and are available in advance at or the day of the event. Featured restaurants include Jasmine Porch at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (, Waterscapes at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes (, Middleton Place Restaurant (, and Wild Dunes Resort (

12-3 p.m. • South Carolina Aquarium Tent • $12


Dana Beach

Since founding the Coastal Conservation League in 1989, Dana has received awards from many institutions, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the South Carolina General Assembly, and the American Institute of Architects. In 1998, Dana was named one of 10 Heroes for the Planet by Time magazine’s, Time for Kids. In March of 2000, he received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest honor, awarded by the Office of the Governor for outstanding contributions to the state. He is the author of the Pew Oceans Commission’s publication, “Coastal Sprawl: The Impacts of Development on Aquatic Ecosystems.” He graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Class

Brian Class was raised in Florida and attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Nutrition. He then attended the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic. After graduating magna cum laude in 2007, Dr. Class was invited to perform an internship with Dr. Greg Loman, a New York Times Best-Selling Author, at one of the largest natural health clinics in the United States.

Greg Garvan

Money with a Mission/First Affirmative Financial Network’s founder Greg Garvan will share with you three specific ways you can look at your money life and become more intentional about being sure that your values are represented by your financial choices: Investment accounts (especially retirement accounts) often hold companies that you are disengaging from in your buying decisions, and yet you find you are a shareholder; charitable giving, while almost always worthy, doesn’t always represent the social change philanthropy you’d like to see; tax and estate planning can be used to direct monies in ways that more sharply reflect the effect you’d like to have on the world. As a bonus, you’ll get a “social issues” questionnaire to help you prioritize what issues — environment, tobacco, glass ceilings, human rights, etc. — matter most to you.

Benjamin Leigh

The Sustainability Institute’s Benjamin Leigh is a Certified Home Energy Rater and Manages the Institute’s energy audit and consultation services that aim to increase the use of sustainable practices and techniques. Ben organizes and performs weatherizations, provides training for building professionals, and works with homeowners to help them make sustainable decisions.

Elizabeth Beak

Director of Sustainable Agriculture, Lowcountry Local First.

Musical Acts

Jesse Colin Young

Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band, The Youngbloods, took the nation by storm when The Youngblood’s single “Get Together” became a worldwide Top 10 hit and a prominent soundtrack for peace.

Jesse was born and raised in Queens, New York, in 1941, and his earliest family memories are filled with the joy of music and celebration. During the upward ride of his exploding solo career during the 1970s, Jesse also continued giving back by helping establish the “No Nukes” movement. Jesse’s musical accomplishments are many, including performing with Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin in 1969; touring with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the summer of 1974; closing the No Nukes movie in 1980; and closing the International Peace Awards in 2004. The song “Get Together” was heard on the Forrest Gump soundtrack, and “Darkness, Darkness,” written by Jesse, was the theme song for the James Cameron movie Ghosts of the Abyss in 2003. A cover of the song by Robert Plant won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal in 2003.

Jesse lives in his mountain home on the Big Island of Hawaii with his family. Always holding environmentalism as “a must,” from the time of The Youngbloods to his current endeavors as a performer and teacher, Jesse has even used solar-powered energy for his concerts. He and his wife grow organic Kona coffee on their farm in Hawaii.


Shrimp City Slim (a.k.a. Gary Erwin) is a keyboard player/singer/songwriter based in Charleston. Shrimp City Slim has released seven CDs to date and plays throughout the Southeast and overseas. Having promoted blues in coastal South Carolina since 1986, his other ongoing projects include organizing annual blues festivals (the Lowcountry Blues Bash in Charleston and others), playing blues on the radio (21 years, including 17 years on public radio), and most recently TV. The Shrimp City Slim band has shared the stage with BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Little Milton, James Cotton, and many more. French guitarist Dr. Pickup (on his annual USA fall tour) joins Slim for a rowdy set of “Lowcountry blues and original songs.”


Po’Ridge is a loosely rocking three-piece with bluegrass feet and power trio arms. They play crowd-pleasing covers and exploratory originals. Formed in 2007 as an acoustic quintet, they’ve evolved into a tighter monster, anchored in the rhythms of drummer Stratton Moore and bassist Andy Lassiter and led by the songwriting and guitar work of Stratton Lawrence.

Music With a Message

Contest winners

The Coastal Conservation League is recognizing Charleston’s environmentally-conscious artists and bands through the Music with a Message contest. Through YouTube music videos conveying an environmental theme, musicians competed to perform at the 2nd annual Green Fair.

“Music, with its unique power to motivate, inspire, and transform, has consistently been at the heart of social change,” says Dana Beach, executive director of the Conservation League. “There has never been a more important time to fill our world with music so that we may have hope, act boldly, and save our planet. I challenge you to use your voice — your music and art — to be a part of the green movement to change the way we use energy and live on the planet.”

You can view all of the entries at

Grand Prize Winner

(Receives $500 and recording studio time at Awendaw Green)

Corey Webb and Bodies Full of Magic “Coconut”

Corey Webb finds his passion in writing songs about man’s relationship with nature. He has released one full-length solo album (The Greater Good Movement, 2006) and a collaboration album with musical partner Kristin Abbott (Bodies Full of Magic, 2009). Corey’s song “Coconut” is the winner of the Music with a Message contest (presented by the Coastal Conservation League). His upcoming project, Let the Giant in Peace, will be performed Dec. 1 at the College of Charleston Recital Hall as he bids farewell to academia. Bodies Full of Magic is the music of Corey Webb and Kristin Abbott featuring trumpet, cello, guitar, piano, and percussion.

Second Place

(Receives $250)

Hollow Reed “Little Fishes”

Local Charleston musicians Laura Thurston, Gwyn Waller, and David Keller bring together a combination of acoustic, folk, and bluegrass as Hollow Reed. With the girls belting out their soulful bittersweet vocals, they delight anyone fortunate enough to be listening. Their soothing original songs, rendered in perfect harmony on guitar, harmonica, and mandolin, create a warm atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie.

Third Place

Colleen Yost

Colleen was born in Greenville in October 1997 and moved to Mt. Pleasant in 2004. She has volunteered with the IOP Turtle Team. Colleen is a 7th grader at the School of the Arts where she is a vocal major. She enjoys music and playing the guitar.

Kid’s Zone

This year’s Green Fair includes the Eco-Carnival, featuring family-friendly activities and events for Charleston’s youngest green advocates. Enjoy an eco-friendly twist on traditional carnival games and
join our good friend Schneblie to find out how kids can be green too:

  • Climbing wall from Charleston County Parks and Recreation.
  • Hands on environmental activities with Lowcountry Earth Force.
  • Interactive green building activities with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Super Slide from Fun 4 You.
  • Cool Off at the Fun 4 You Misting Station.
  • Face painting, art projects, library card sign up, book exchange, and much,
    much more for the whole family.

Download the Kid’s Green Passport for prizes here.

Resource and Recovery Stations

Green Fair attendees will be provided with hundreds of opportunities to make green decisions and help minimize the event’s environmental impact. Everywhere you might expect to find a trash can or dumpster, you’ll find something very different: a Resource Recovery Station. At these stations, you’ll learn that most of the refuse you generate can become a valuable resource through reuse and recycling. Each Resource Recovery Station will provide receptacles for the following:

Organic / Biodgredable / Compostable Items

Nowadays, compost doesn’t necessarily mean manure. In fact, the EPA estimates that roughly 35 percent or more of our nation’s waste could be composted and used to supply organic nutrients and fertilizers to farmers, stabilize erosion and mitigate topsoil loss, and help minimize global warming by preventing methane production in our open landfills.

By composting our organic waste, we are also helping lessen the strain on our over-burdened landfills. So remember, if it’s made from things that are grown, you can put it in the compost bin.

Recyclable Items

Recycling is vitally important, especially for institutions and organizations that produce massive amounts of waste. At the Green Fair, the following items will be recycled:

  • newspapers and inserts
  • magazines and catalogs
  • white paper, including junk mail
  • corrugated cardboard pieces no larger than 3’x3′ in size
  • paperboard, chipboard, and paper tubes
  • steel and tin cans
  • aluminum foil and trays (must be completely free of food debris)
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic beverage rings (soft type only, not the rigid type)
  • glass food and beverage containers
  • gable top cartons
  • drink boxes

There will also be bins at the entrances to Marion Square for small electronic items that are not currently recycled in Charleston:

  • old cell phones
  • batteries
  • wiring
  • CDs
  • small portable electronics

If you have items bigger than a toaster, the Charleston Green Fair’s recycling experts can tell you how to make arrangements for recycling after the event. Remember, some electronics can be very hazardous if not disposed of correctly, so please take this opportunity to do it right.


Any item that doesn’t fall into the above criteria will be categorized as landfill. Organizers hope to recover as many resources as possible and contribute as little as possible to South Carolina’s landfills.