The City of Tacoma is gearing up for the 11th annual South Sound Sustainability Expo. This event, held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, will allow attendees of all ages to explore various aspects of sustainability such as green construction, local art and a mini farmers market. The expo will also host various workshops on how to reduce your carbon footprint.
The aim is to connect local residents and business owners with services, products, companies and agencies that address the sustainability needs in the South Sound region. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about transportation choices, energy conservation, reusing and recycling, solar energy, local food and gardening, and even cost-effective sustainability practices.
In Tollefson Plaza, visitors can try out an electric bike, tour a tiny house, eat from local food trucks, listen to live music, and view sustainable art by Science and Math Institute students.
Several free workshops will be offered that aim to teach attendees easy ways to live more sustainably. These workshops cover everything from giving new life to an old shirt, to recipes and cooking techniques that prevent food waste, to crocheting loose plastic bags into reusable totes.
In addition to workshops, there will be nearly 100 local vendors at this event. All vendors are located inside the Convention Center.
The Sustainability Expo is a great event to bring the whole family to. Activities such as arts and crafts with the Tacoma Nature Center, an animal and plant exhibit with the Slater Museum and live music and storytelling with Granny Green’s Green Machine are all aimed at exploring sustainability in a kid friendly manner.
More information about the event can be found at
Students and community members interested in volunteering
for the expo are encouraged to email
to sign up and receive a volunteer packet.
Alex is studying sustainable urban development. She loves going to events around Tacoma and telling people about them. Her goal is to use her degree to make cities more sustainable.