Green Bride Guide Launches New "Listen" Section Featuring 10 Green Wedding Industry Experts to Help Couples Go Green

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The most popular green wedding website, Green Bride Guide (http://www.GreenBrideGuide.com), has launched a “Listen” section, where visitors can find a collection of podcast interviews with prominent leaders in the green wedding industry.

It was announced today that the most popular green wedding website, Green Bride Guide (http://www.GreenBrideGuide.com), has launched a “Listen” section (http://thegreenbrideguide.com/blogs/podcasts), where visitors can find a collection of podcast interviews with prominent leaders in the green wedding industry.

In the podcast series, originally produced in collaboration with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment through the Sabin Environmental Venture Prize, Green Bride Guide founder and CEO Kate L. Harrison interviews 10 green industry professionals on the importance of eco-friendly alternatives and the future of the green economy. The section also includes Holli Erlich’s interview of Kate L. Harrison for the Wedding Podcast Network, where Kate explains how couples can make eco-friendly choices on their wedding day.

“The Green Bride Guide’s mission is to make going green as easy as possible,” said Harrison. “These interviews provide a multimedia experience that allows our visitors to get the information they need directly from some of the most accomplished and inspiring people in the industry.”

The podcasts features professionals from across the wedding industry discussing the environmental impacts of photography, event planning, jewelry, attire, invitations, flowers and more. The company launched the Listen section with the first five interviews in the series:

  • Jonathan Bailor, CameraRenter
  • Alisa Gravitz, Green America
  • Gwendolyn Gleason, Gwendolyn Gleason Couture
  • Jennifer Stambolsky, Earthly Affair Invitations
  • Jacklyn Greenberg, JAGstudios Photography

In the coming weeks the Green Bride Guide will add another five interviews to line up:

  • Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, Twisted Limb Paperworks
  • Wade Watson, Ruff & Cut Fair Trade Jewelry
  • Gerald Prolman, Organic Bouquet
  • Danielle Venokur, dvGreen Sustainable Event Design
  • Lisa Meier, Artazza Home Goods

The Green Bride Guide’s “Listen” section allows visitors to view each professional’s photo and biography, and gives them the capability to listen to the interview and download a written transcript.

Jonathan Bailor, founder of CameraRenter, is pleased to have the opportunity to connect with eco-conscious couples in this way. "Brides often think that they may have to compromise the elegance of their wedding to be eco-friendly,” says Bailor. “We're trying to shift this paradigm by providing a much more elegant and eco-friendly alternative to disposable cameras.”

Concern about the environment is a national priority, and many couples are looking for ways to go green. The average American wedding produces 400 pounds of garbage and 63 tons of CO2. With over 2 million weddings a year in the United States, small choices add up. “This is one of the many ways we are trying to offer our readers credible information from the leaders in the green wedding industry,” says Green Bride Guide Content Director, Stephanie Nash. “Listening to the interviews allows eco-conscious couples to hear, right from the sources, how many green options are available to them, and to make a personal connection as well.”

The podcast interviews also give the professionals the chance to share their passion for the environment with listeners. “Caring for the environment is more than just a lifestyle for me,” says Jennifer Stambolsky, founder of one of the first eco-friendly invitation companies, Earthly Affair. “I am so excited to be able to share that message with eco-conscious couples and other wedding industry professionals via the podcast interview."

A recent study by The Green Bride Guide found that 85% of couples are concerned about “greenwashing,” the practice of companies passing off their non-green products and services as environmentally friendly. “With 40% of couples looking for green options this year, it has never been more important for wedding professionals to understand the environmental impacts of weddings,” says Kate. “In addition to providing couples with this information, the ‘Listen’ section also offers insight to vendors looking to move into the green space.”

Kate Harrison has a background in environmental law and conservation. Her interest in environmental education and her experience planning her own green wedding in 2007 have made The Green Bride Guide the most comprehensive, easy-to-access resource for couples planning a green wedding. In 2009, Kate launched the Green Bride Guide website to help eco-conscious couples connect with local resources and find eco-friendly organizations in their area.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stephanie Nash
GBG Public Relations
(203) 996-6475
Stephanie (at) GreenBrideGuide (dot) com

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