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Green Event Criteria

If your event falls within one or more of these categories you will be required to achieve Green Event certification:

  • Medium to large scale events using contributions from the City (monetary or in-kind)
  • Medium to large scale events on City property or using right of way permits
  • Medium to large scale events providing food, beverage, and/or giveaways (vendor-related)
  • City hosted events

Below are definitions of event sizes and their requirements:

  • Medium-scale events are events with 1,000-2,000 participants. These events are required to achieve Green Merit certification.
  • Large-scale events are events with over 2,000 participants. These events must achieve Green Excellence certification.

Your event may not be required to achieve certification if it has less than 1,000 participants. 


Initiative  Value Is this a Prerequisite
Use 30-100% recycled paper for all promotional materials or no paper at all 1 point Yes
Work with Environmental Services Staff to create a waste reduction plan 1 point Yes
Promote best alternative transportation options (if applicable) 1 point Yes

You are encouraged to complete as many initiatives as you can to become a recognized Green Event.

In 2015 initiatives one, two and three are required prerequisites.

Initiative  Value
Provide water fountains (if hookups are available and there is adequate drainage) point
Require that your vendors eliminate non-sustainable giveaways point
Provide temporary bicycle racks or choose a location where bicycle racks are provided point
Make travel tree-friendly by supporting the Green Tacoma Partnership or Downtown on the Go (minimum $100 donation. point
Include pre-consumer food waste recycling in your waste reduction plan point
Provide volunteers to staff recycle stations point
Donate excess food to a local food bank or homeless shelter point
Submit other stewardship initiatives to the City for approval Up to 2 points

Four important tips:

  1. Complete your Scorecard Application as soon as possible so you can use the Green Events logo to promote your event. (The City will respond to your application within one week of receiving it with your preliminary score.)
  2. Contact Environmental Services staff as soon as possible to create your Waste Management Plan.
  3. Events receiving City funds or an Environmental Services Sponsorship are encouraged to become a Stewardship Excellence event.
  4. It is important to complete all steps of the Green Events Program in order to continue to receive sponsorship and/or host events in the City in the future.