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Application & ES Event Support

Green Event applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event.

The application includes:
  1. Pre-Event Scorecard – Provides required actions to achieve Green Event certification, and optional actions to achieve Green Excellence certification.
  2. Waste Management Plan – Outlines garbage, recycling, and food waste containers needed for the event. If you have questions about the Waste Management Plan, contact Mike Sowards at (253) 377-3428 or msowards@cityoftacoma.org.

Green Event Application


Submit your completed application to sustainability@cityoftacoma.org.
Or mail to or drop-off at:
Center for Urban Waters
Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability (OEPS)
326 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421


Please allow up to 10 days for OEPS staff to review your application.

Environmental Services Event Support

Events that achieve Green Excellence certification may be eligible for Environmental Services Event Support. ES Event Support can include free or discount in-kind services such as garbage, recycling, food waste bins, and/or portable toilets.


Once your event achieves Green Excellence certification, you will receive the optional ES Event Support request form via email.


ES Support requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event date. ES Support requests received less than 30 days prior to the event will not be considered.

ES Event Support Criteria

  • Eligible events must achieve Green Excellence certification.
  • Organizations must be not-for-profit.
  • Events must be held inside Tacoma city limits. (May be waived at the discretion of ES or OEPS staff.)
  • Events must not charge the public for services, materials, or goods specifically provided by ES or OEPS.

Events receiving ES Event Support must also provide:

  • Recognition for the City of Tacoma Environmental Services in printed or promotional material; recognition at the event; media coverage or other forms of branding opportunities
  • Opportunities for environmental programs promoting environmental education on the broad topics of wastewater, surface water and solid waste management
  • Opportunities for Environmental Services to dispense information or messages that are related to Environmental Services products and services

Ineligible events include:

  • Political campaigns/parties
  • Groups that discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin
  • Events that result in private benefit to any City of Tacoma employee or any other individual or organization