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
Keep an eye out for recycling stations and deposit your waste in the correct receptacle.
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 2017 Green Event Program Participants
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
Santa Runs Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon Association - December 10
First Night Tacoma, Theater District Associates - December 31
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
North Pole, Tacoma Christian Center - December 10
Polar Plaza, Metro Parks Tacoma - November 19 - January 1
Find out how to plan your own Green Event.
Check out Green Events happening at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.