Save the Date: National Conference

Courtney Lang July 10, 2012


Save the Date: National Conference

Friday – Sunday, October 26 – 28, 2012

Chicago, IL


To bring together Fair Trade enthusiasts from across the nation, Fair Trade Towns & Colleges/ Universities will be organizing the 2nd annual National Conference in Chicago on the weekend of October 26-28. The 3-day gathering will focus on providing tools, education materials, and leadership training for Fair Trade Campaigns, as well as motivating and attracting new people to Fair Trade.

Last year, over 200 Fair Trade Town & University organizers from 80 campaigns and 26 states gathered in Philadelphia, PA. (picture taken by Matt Wyatt)

Stay tuned for more information on registration, lodging, scholarships, and volunteer opportunities.  Until then, find out more about last year’s conference here, and make sure to check out this video from last year’s conference!


Conference 2011 Testimonial:

“I knew this conference was going to be awesome, but I had no idea I was going to get so much out of it and meet so many amazing like-minded, socially-conscious individuals. This conference further solidified my dedication to Fair Trade… Thank you so much for providing this amazing opportunity for all of us and for furthering the Fair Trade movement by connecting us all.”


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Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns

Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.