Green agenda: Green Awards honor company sustainability, Earth Day goes for a billion 'acts of green'

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In April the green-minded will turn their eyes towards the annual Green Awards in Dublin, honoring companies which promote sustainability and encourage environmental practice, and of course, the international celebrations of Earth Day.

Green Awards 2011
April 14
Burlington Hotel
Dublin, Ireland

The annual Green Awards aim to celebrate organizations that either directly or indirectly (through advertising, for example) promote sustainability and encourage environmentally friendly practices. This year the awards span over 20 categories including Green Healthcare and The Green Large Manufacturer Award. In 2010 Green Award winners included drinks company Diageo and energy company Airtricity. These awards are in no way associated with the annual Green Awards which are taking place in November this year in London, United Kingdom. 

Earth Day 2011
April 22

This environmental campaign is designed to raise awareness of ecological issues and promote environmental actions around the world. The campaigners hope that enough people around the world will make a sustainability or environment-related pledge via the site and are aiming to have collected a 'billion acts of green' before the Earth Summit in Rio de Janerio in 2012. Other aspects of this year's Earth Day campaign include 'Athletes for the Earth' in which Olympic sportsmen and women lend their voices to the environmental movement. More information and details on local events can be found via the site.  
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12th  Solarexpo
May 4-6
Verona Exhibition Center
Verona, Italy

This year's Solarexpo has joined with Bioenergy expo - the trade fair for the bio-energy industry. The Solarexpo covers photovoltaic units or solar panels, street lighting, hydro and wind power and bio-energy devices such as heating systems. In 2010 the event attracted over 1,000 exhibitors representing 43 European and non European countries and received 69,500 visitors from the industry. The exhibition is smaller in terms of visitor size the Enertec in January yet has a much wider focus.
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Asia Solar
May 5-7
Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center
Shanghai, China

Asia Solar is an exhibition of solar power focusing on industry professionals. The products exhibited at Asia Solar range from photovoltaic cells for domestic use to industrial quality manufacturing equipment.  However despite the professional focus, some of Asia's latest consumer-oriented photovoltaic developments are expected to be exhibited at the show. Though the event lacks the established presence of Energaia (December 8-11, 2010) for example, Asia Solar is growing both in terms of exhibitors and reputation. Running concurrently to this event is Smart Gridtec China, an exhibition and conference on smart grid technologies aimed at professionals only.