What Is a Green Scene?

What is a Green Scene? 

A Green Event seeks to minimize its impact on the environment and host community by incorporating core principles of resource conservation. These principles range from providing recycling to bike racks to procuring renewable energy and reusable materials. At each step a Green Event adds value for guests and helps improve the quality of life in the host community. 

Thanks for taking the first step in planning a Green Event!


Provide recycling

  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins.
  • Make arrangements for removing recyclables after the event. 

Assign recycling monitors 

  • Recruit volunteers to monitor bins to ensure that participants sort recycling and waste properly.
  • Designate one recycling coordinator and have others assist by monitoring specific zones.

Promote a clear anti-litter message 

  • Make frequent announcements promoting litter awareness and find other creative ways to promote appropriate trash maintenance.
  • Set a good example by keeping your event area clean. 

Reduce waste from packaging materials 

  • Use bulk dispensers whenever possible and avoid single-serving samples.
  • Emphasize reusable supplies.
  • Consider making giveaways eco-friendly. Examples include reusable tote bags or BPA free water bottles. 


 Use low emission or biofuel generators

  • Use generators that run on biodiesel or renewable energy. Many vendors/rental companies offer “greener” options and some even offer up to 99% biodiesel generators.

Conserve energy

  • Reduce or eliminate the need for electricity by using fewer or energy-efficient pieces of equipment (i.e. sound, lighting, multimedia, etc.). Pack smart to reduce vehicle trips. 

Use hybrid, electric, or natural gas vehicles & machinery 

  • If vehicle use is absolutely necessary, use cars or trucks that are either hybrid or electric or run on compressed natural gas, biodiesel, or ethanol fuel. Most vehicle rental companies offer alternative fuel and low-emissions options.


Promote public transportation

  • Include RIPTA directions and closest stops in all marketing and promotional materials. Visit www.RIPTA.com for public transit directions.

Encourage bicycling to your event

Keep vehicles away from the event & avoid engine idling

  • Avoid entering parks with motorized vehicles. They damage our city’s public recreation areas. Provide parking outside the event and use a handcart to bring in materials.
  • Turn your engine off when parked.
  • Have a volunteer monitor the load-in and load-out to ensure that all vehicles are complying. 


Offer local/healthy/sustainable food options 

  • Chose food vendors that support locally-sourced products and employ environmentally-friendly methods. Consider working with FarmFreshRI, Providence farmers markets, and local growers and producers. 

Donate leftover food

  • Donate any leftover food and supplies to the Rhode Island Food Bank or local soup kitchens and food banks.

Compost food scraps 

  • Provide clearly marked bins for composting food scraps.
  • Make arrangements for removal after the event with a local composter or a farmer.

Provide alternatives to bottled water

  • Provide a water filling station with easy access to Providence tap water.
  • Encourage participants to bring their own reusable bottle.
  • Find the water fountains near your event and provide signage directing guests to them.


Make reusable signage

  • If hosting an annual or regular event, make reusable vinyl banners or large posters from recycled materials (don’t print the date of the event).

Limit printed promotional materials

  • Replace printed promotional, outreach, and marketing materials with email, social media, blogs, websites, and other alternative modes.

Use recycled paper

  • If printed materials are necessary, use a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled paper. Many printing companies offer sustainable paper options and eco-friendly ink.

Provide environmental education

  • Use your event as a platform to cultivate broader environmental awareness by offering information booths with green community groups and/or educational activities.

Publicize the environmental measures taken at your event

  • Promote what you’ve done to green your event!
  • Show your accomplishments on your website or through email. Collect data that measures the impact of your initiatives. 


These resources are intended to help you find a vendor that works for your event. Inclusion on the list is not an endorsement of business practices.

Recycling Services

  • The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation provides free recycling receptacles and transportation for large events.
  • Go Green RI supplies recycling and collection for public events through bin advertising.
  •  EcoRI will set up and collect recycling and compost bins and provide signage for an event, and will supply staff or train volunteers to monitor the bins during the event on a fee for service basis.
  • PF Tradingwill deliver 96 gallon compost bins to an event, then pick them up and haul them away for a flat rate of $18/bin.
  • The Providence Department of Public Works provides recycling receptacles, transportation, and staff for events on a fee for service basis.
  • Other waste haulers and recycling services are available in the area.

Bicycle Parking 

  • Recycle-A-Bike offers valet bike parking services.

Packaging, Plates, Cups, and Utensils

  • Jennifer Rose Packaging Solutions offers a complete line of compostable, tableware, including cups, bowls, plates, utensils, take-out containers for hot and cold applications, and a complete line of trash liners and bags, made from bio-plastic.