The Girls Gone Green was established in 2007 and since then, there have been several big milestones including the establishment of the Northeast Florida Veg Fest, No Meat March, our vegan outreach initiative, #NachoBar, the Hang up the Foam campaign and so much more!
We celebrated our "big 10" Sept. 30 at Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine, Florida with supporters and friends, complete with live music from the amazing local singer/songwriter talent, Mere Woodard!
Scroll through the timeline to see some of the major initiatives the group has set up, and see below for a slideshow of (our very wet) anniversary party!
The Girls Gone Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring environmental, animal and health issues. We have seen positive change being made in our community since 2007 as people continue to build happier and healthier lives. Your support is crucial to this change and by working together we can put sustainable, humane and healthier choices in front of people who help shape our community!
The first Northeast Florida Veg Fest, presented by The Girls Gone Green, took place at Riverside Park in 2010. It opened to an attendance of about 2,500 people and organized a community hungry for change. The 7th Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest will take place March 3, 2018 with an expected attendance of 10,000 people! Our veg fest has been instrumental in watching eco-friendly and compassionate businesses develop and grow in Jacksonville. It helped to unify a veg community and allow our voices to be heard throughout the year.
The first No Meat March took place in March of 2011. It was created to invite those curious about exploring a plant-based diet to sign a pledge for 31-days and forgo meat during the month of March. In its first year, No Meat March touted about 500 participates who were sent daily emails with recipes, information and guidance. In 2013, just two years later, No Meat March went international with little to no advertising budget. Now people from all over the world sign up for the challenge reaching thousands of homes.
The launch of www.vegjax.com, Jacksonville’s Veg-Friendly Dining Guide, took place in 2012. It was the first-of-its-kind local website dedicated to making it easy for residents and travelers to find healthier, more humane options at restaurants in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. More than 50 restaurants are listed and broken down by area. Every suggestion details what items on menus are free from any animal products or by-products, which have been linked to obesity, heart disease and cancer. The guide makes it extremely easy for people who have health concerns or special food requirements to eat out.
The new logo showcases all the causes near and dear to the hearts of its core group. It symbolizes the connectivity between animals, people, food choices and the health of the planet. The heart in the center represents the love and compassion needed towards each in order to achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle.
That same year, our brand new website was launched, including a blog, what the organization is about, and ways to get involved. Additionally, 2013 saw the launch of A G3 Affair, a monthly meet-up event.
The Girls Gone Green would like to see Jacksonville, Florida listed as a city that voluntarily bans the use of foam to-go containers. Through our Hang Up the Foam campaign, we are requesting businesses to seek out healthier alternatives while gaining support from their customers during this transition. We are currently reaching out to the restaurant industry in hopes of working together to eliminate EPS foam due to its high probability of leaking known carcinogens into the food.
On Sept. 24, 2015, exactly one month from Florida's controversial bear hunt, The Girls Gone Green organized the first press conference speaking out against the killing of bears. What happened on Oct. 24, 2015 was only the beginning. If we can't find room for 3,500 black bears now in a state that supports 19 million people, then what will happen as development continues?
What's happening in Hendry County should not only concern Florida citizens but put this state and others on high alert. Government secrecy, animal torture, improper land use, business cover-ups and scare tactics all sound like a best-selling conspiracy book. However it's not - it's real and it's been happening right under our noses for the past 15 years! Close to 100 people showed up for the Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Hendry County. Those confronting the Commissioners included concerned people who live near the facility and others who traveled quite a distance to speak out against these businesses housing thousands of monkeys. Read more about the issue here.
We celebrated our 10-year anniversary Sept. 30 at Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine, Florida! The night, which also served as a fundraiser for the organization, featured a silent auction, giveaways, our #NachoBar vegan nachos, a champagne toast and keepsake glass and other giveaways! We were joined by a few other local organizations who were on hand with information about their initiatives including EPIC Outreach, Sea Shepherd Jacksonville, Olsenhaus-Pure Vegan, and Rooterville, A Sanctuary, Inc. And the talented singer/songwriter Mere Woodard performed live.