In 2013, three US Green Building Council North Florida members, Glen Wieger, Carrie-Lynn Black, and Hava Hillavarde met in San Marco talking about ways to help "move the green needle" in Jacksonville. They developed an idea for a festival that brings local "green" organizations and businesses together in one place and you can't have a great festival without some great local beer!
In order to emphasize the local focus of the festival which would occur at Aardwolf Brewing Company, they thought of the prominent lions in the San Marco Square which represent the area. The name of the festival was born- The Green Lion Festival.
Green Lion Festival seeks to promote awareness of green-focused businesses and innovative organizations while reaching out to the community.
Glen Wieger Co-Founder, Leader of the Pride
Carrie-Lynn Black Co-Founder, Savanna Community Connector
Preben Olsen, Watering Hole Guard
Alex Varkonda, Scout of the Savanna
Melissa Beaudry, Den Provider
Liz Klein, Pride Liaison
Alicia Smith, Pride Momma
Four-legged Team Members
Molly Black- Molly was adopted from 4F Rescue at the Second Annual Green Lion Festival and now helps the team make the festival fun and energetic for all creatures, big and small, two and four-legged.
Eddie Wieger- Eddie was also adopted from 4F Rescue at the Second Annual Green Lion Festival. He is the wise old man of the group and makes sure the organizers keep everything in perspective.