Trish Riley (Changent/Journalist)

Trish RileySpecializing in environmental journalism for more than 17 years, I have taken my career to new heights since 2010:

I created, an environmental news and resource site designed to help promote the growth of green businesses and green communities, where my colleagues and I could continue to pursue our personal and professional objective of providing reliable environmental information to the public.

It is my hope that my investment proves valuable as a resource of professionally vetted information about environmental issues facing our world... well as sustainable solutions available to us.

To launch the site in my community, I founded a local chapter of Green Drinks International. (We celebrated our first anniversary in December 2009 with 60 attendees eager to network with other sustainable professionals.)

At the August 2009 Green Drinks meeting, I met the director of the local non-profit Hippodrome Theatre, and we decided to produce the first Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival, a 10-day event featuring major films, expert panels, a community eco-art walk, an eco-fair and eco-tours showcasing natural features of the North Florida region.

Now known as Cinema Verde, the 2nd annual festival (March 18-27, 2011) will present the best in environmental feature films and documentaries, film and environmental workshops, guest speakers, nature walks and eco-art, culminating in an Eco-Fair and free family film.

The Environmental Film and Arts Festival brings together government and community organizations, businesses, and individuals who are passionate about environmental issues, in order to:

  • Raise awareness and emphasize green education
  • Inspire the community to reduce personal environmental impact
  • Provide networking opportunities for environmental groups
  • Engage the community through conservation projects and school-related programs
  • Encourage film, music, dance, poetry, photography and visual art exhibitions

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