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Green Events

In an effort to further the sustainability vision of the community, the City of Tacoma has created a Green Events Program to help events decrease their impact on the environment. Events that participate in this program take extra care to ensure that their event is more sustainable by incorporating green initiatives like providing bike racks and recycling, using 30-100% recycled content paper, reducing waste, donating excess food, and more. Event planners are also encouraged to submit their own ideas for sustainability initiatives. 


Attending a certified Green Event is an excellent way to show your support for building sustainable communities in Tacoma, so make sure to look out for the Green Events official seal.

Leave Your Car at Home and be a Green Event-Goer

Walk
There are many dining, entertainment, and lodging options within walking distance of almost anywhere in the City. Find out what is near you before you grab your keys!

Bike
Get outside and explore your neighborhood. Tacoma's growing network of bicycle routes makes it fun and easy to get around, all while saving you money on gas and parking! Find bicycle resources here.

The Link
The Tacoma Link light rail runs every 12 minutes from the Tacoma Dome Station all the way to the Theater District and back. The Link is free and a great way to get around Downtown. More information is available on the Sound Transit website.

Pierce Transit
Pierce Transit is Tacoma's bus service provider. A list of routes and maps can be found on the Pierce Transit website.

Carpool
Are you going with friends? Why not ride together?
Keep an eye out for recycling stations and deposit your waste in the correct receptacle.

 

BYOB

Bring your own bag and bottle! If you plan on doing some shopping, bring a reusable bag for your purchases. Bring a reusable water bottle to fill up instead of buying a disposable one at the event.

 

Upcoming 2016 Green Event Program Participants

Green Excellence Events  

Santa Runs Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon Association - December 10

First Night Tacoma, Theater District Associates - December 31

 

Green Merit Events

North Pole, Tacoma Christian Center - December 10

Polar Plaza, Metro Parks Tacoma - November 19 - January 1

Past 2016 Green Event Program Participants

 

         Green Excellence Events

         Lunar New Year Celebration, City of Tacoma - February 13

         St. Paddy's Day Run Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon Association - March 12

         Tacoma Bike Swap, City of Tacoma - April 30

         Tacoma City Marathon, TCMA - May 1

         T Town: Play, Explore, Learn City Services Expo, City of Tacoma - May 7

         Out in the Park, City of Tacoma - July 9

         Pride Block Party, The Mix - July 9

         Art on the Ave, 6th Avenue Business District - July 10

         Tacoma Maritime Festival, Foss Waterway Seaport - July 16-17

         Food Truck Fest, Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma - July 24

         Brew Five Three, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts - August 13

         The Color Run Tacoma, The Color Run LLC - August 14

         McKinley Hill Street Fair, ENACT & Tacoma Christian Center - August 20

         South Tacoma Annual Car Show, South Tacoma Business District - August 20

         Summer Bash, Metro Parks Tacoma - August 20

         Hilltop Street Fair, Hilltop Business Association - August 27

         Downtown to Defiance, City of Tacoma - September 11

     

         Green Merit Events

         Junior Daffodil Parade, Proctor District Association - April 16

         Sunset Cinema featuring the movie "Minions", Metro Parks Tacoma - July 29

         Proctor Arts Fest, Proctor District Association - August 8

         Park(ing) Day, Downtown On the Go - September 16

         Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, City of Tacoma - October 20

         Norpoint Turkey Trot, Metro Parks Tacoma - November 24

 

Past 2015 Green Event Program Participants

Green Excellence Events

St. Paddy's Day Run Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon Association - March 14
Proctor Farmers Market - March through December
Tacoma Farmers Market - May through October
Tacoma Bike Swap, City of Tacoma - May 2
Chowdown, Tacoma Propeller Club - May 15
Roman Meal Sound to Narrows, MultiCare Health System - June 13
Pop-Up Art Putt!, City of Tacoma & Tacoma Art Museum - June 18-21
Freedom Fair, Tacoma Events Commission - July 4
Independence Day 5K, Tacoma City Marathon Association - July 4
Out in the Park, Rainbow Center - July 11
PRIDE Block Party, The MIX - July 11
Tacoma Maritime Fest, Tacoma Neighborhoods Together - July 18
Food Truck Fest, Metro Parks Tacoma - July 19
Proctor Arts Fest, Proctor District Association - August 1

Brew Five Three, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts - August 8
The Color Run Tacoma - August 9
Summer Bash, STAR Center & Metro Parks Tacoma - August 15

Park(ing) Day, Downtown On the Go - September 18 

Puyallup Watershed Initiative Annual Conference - October 26-27

Santa Runs Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon Association - December 12

6th Avenue Santa Parade, 6th Avenue Business District -December 6

First Night, Theatre Districts Associates - December 31  

Green Merit Events

South Sound Sustainability Expo, City of Tacoma - March 7
Junior Daffodil Parade, Proctor District Association - April 18
Commencement 2015, University of Puget Sound - May 17
Color in Motion 5K - July 18

Polar Plaza, Tacoma Art Museum & Metro Parks Tacoma - November 21-January 10

Find out how to plan your own Green Event.

Check out Green Events happening at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.