NEW RESOURCE for EVENT PLANNERS:  the Virginia Green Sustainable Events Guide 

This manual is the results of years of grassroots, hands-on work with major festivals and events in Virginia.  It contains practical ideas, lessons learned and do’s and don’ts for planning and implementing events that will minimize your event’s environmental impacts, impress event-goers, and make your organization look good. 

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  UCI World Cycling Championship Sustainability Report & Toolkit

UCI World Cycling Championship Sustainability Report & Toolkit

The Greening of Festivals & Events

Certification.  The Virginia Green program provides guidance and a certification process for festivals and events.  More than 300 individual events have certified their green practices through the Virginia Green process.  That application is available here.

Hands-On Assistance.  Festivals and events are naturally great opportunities for engagement with festival-goers and all that are involved.  Therefore, the VGTA has also partnered with many prominent festivals and event to help them make their events as green as possible.  To date, the VGTA has assisted directly in the greening of 80+ events including the 2015 UCI World Cycling Championships held in Richmond, VA and attended by 750,000 spectators over 10 days.

Green Team Volunteers.  The greening of festivals and events can’t be done right without leadership, commitment, and volunteers!  The VGTA has partnered with the City of Richmond, Hands-on Greater Richmond to create the RVA Green Team Volunteer Network to help train and staff festivals and events that want to be green certified.   More than 350 volunteers have signed on, and we are hoping to replicate this resource in other regions.