INFORMATION FOR THE 2014 EXPO:
Tacoma Convention and Trade Center - 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
SouthSoundSustainabilityExpo.org
10:00am to 3:00pm.
March 1st, 2014.
Free Entry.

Recapping the 2013 Expo:
This year, about 650 people attended (up from ~500 last year) with 85% stating it was their first year attending. 84% of attendees felt the Expo “very well” or “extremely well” met the objectives of exposing citizens to sustainability information, local green businesses, non-profit groups, and organizations. Comments about what attendees liked about the event included: “Informative booths and friendly people” “Seeing like-minded people and having access to lots of information” “The variety of goods and services introduced” The number of vendors attending increased 10%, up from 68 in 2012 to 75 in 2013. Vendors donated over 68 raffle prizes, which were randomly awarded to attendees who filled out the exit survey. Local media previewed the event with an article in the Weekly Volcano, two in The News Tribune, and one in the online South Sound Magazine.

General Information Regarding the Expo:
This public event is intended to provide residents and business owners in the greater Tacoma metropolitan area a place to discover services, products, companies, and agencies in our region that address sustainability needs in our community. Expo participants will learn about a variety of local goods and services, including: transportation alternatives, green construction, energy conservation, waste minimization and recycling, alternative energy sources, global climate change initiatives, and how to be economically efficient while being sustainable. There will be no charge for public attendance.

This event was first created in 2008 by a consortium of Tacoma/Pierce County higher education institutions. The colleges and universities created a student-based Sustainability Summit which took place on Friday, followed by a community-wide Expo on Saturday. Both events were hosted by a different schools for first three years. Since the City of Tacoma's creation of the Office of Sustainability in 2010, the Expo has been sponsored and held at the Tacoma Convention Center.

To request this information in an alternative format or to request a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Kristin Lynett, at 591-5571, 711.

South Sound Sustainability Expo event page on the City’s Facebook page

New stuff in 2013 includes a mini-Tacoma Farmer's Market, Art Envirochallenger Exhibit, SOTA original environmental dance performance, and new workshops.

Travelling to the Expo:

· Invite a friend or two and carpool down.
· Pierce Transit Buses still run on Saturday and many go downtown very close to the Convention Center.
· Bike racks are available
· Link light rail stop at the Convention Center

New, exciting, and free activities for the whole family:

Join Tinkertopia in creating your very own art project out of reclaimed materials – a great activity for all ages

Screen print your very own T-Shirt! Bring your own shirt (lighter colors work best)

Fun and educational Kids’ Corner activities with the Tacoma Nature Center and Slater Museum of Natural History

Check out the mini farmers market to pick up some fresh produce and meet your local farmers

Win exciting raffle prizes donated by Expo vendors.