Green agenda: sustainable design rewarded at NYIGF

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Since 2008 the New York International Gift Fair in the United States has showcased the latest in sustainable design through the Sustainability: Design for a better world exhibition at the show.  The most innovative and environmentally friendly and sellable products within this exhibition are then honored at the show's eco-choice awards. 


New York International Gift Fair 
August 13-18
Javits Center New York
New York, USA

This event is the second of two editions of the New York International Gift Fair held in 2011. The event is open to trade professionals only and attracts around 35,000 visitors per year. Earlier in 2011 the NYIGF honored a variety of products including those categorized as 'green'. The event attracts retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers' representatives. The categories of goods on display at the show range from home furnishings to fashion accessories and dog toys.  

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Croissant Neuf Summer Party
August 12-14
Near Usk, Monmouthshire, South Wales, UK

This live music, traditional dance and crafts festival uses solar-generated energy to power the stages and festival lights and a super energy-efficient LED lighting system which uses less energy than a TV. Additionally the on-site bar uses hand - rather than electricity - powered pumps, the beer glasses are biodegradable and for every car driven to the event the organizers intend to plant three trees. Though the event will be taking place near the town of Usk in Monmouthshire, the exact location will not be revealed until tickets have been purchased.

Ecocity World Summit

August 22-26
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montreal, Canada

A four day conference exploring the theme of creating eco-cities, the event attracts academics, policy makers, professionals and environmentalists from around the world. In addition to a number of conferences the event also hosts mobile workshops, training courses and film screenings.