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Contacts & Resources

Contact Us

Need help completing your Green Event Program application? For general assistance contact us by email or at (253) 591-5172. For Waste Management Plan support, contact Solid Waste staff member Mike Sowards by email or at (253) 377-3428.


For general questions about permitting or other requirements for holding a special event in Tacoma, contact the Special Events Office by email or at (253) 573-2523.


Special Event and Film Permits - Get assistance with all aspects of the permitting process. Green Event Guide - Everything you need to know about the Green Event certification process. Transportation Choices - Learn about all the sustainable transportation options available to you and your event-goers. Recycling Food Waste (Vendors) and Recycling Food Waste (Public) - Learn what types of food waste can be recycled at your event. ClearStream Recycling - Learn what items go in ClearStream recycling containers at your event. Charity Food Donation Guidelines - Learn the food safety guidelines about donating food. Host a green event at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

Donate Excess Food

Unopened Packaged Food
Emergency Food Network
Drop off at 3318 92nd Street S
Lakewood, WA
(253) 584-1040

Prepared Food
Tacoma Rescue Mission
425 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA
5AM until 6 PM
(253) 383-4493 ext. 1113
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Green Event Kit

The following materials are available for you to use at your Green Event:
  • Waste and recycling bins as determined by your Waste Management Plan
  • Two Recycle banners
  • Two water fountains
  • Volunteer aprons
  • Two Green Event feather banners
  • Bike Corral

Sustainable Transportation Options


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!



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. Pay with cash, an ORCA card, or use PiercePay with the Hopthru smartphone app.



Are you going with friends? Why not ride together?