Capital Pride is Recommitting to Sustainability.
Organizers and participants of Capital Pride are, together, taking concrete, achievable steps toward reducing and eliminating harmful environmental impacts from the events. This is an important step in laying the foundation for more impactful and incremental improvements over the coming years.
- Go above reduce, reuse, and recycle to reevaluate our default decisions and adopt both mandatory and voluntary environmental requirements.
- Reduce consumption at the source by moderating event materials.
- Source products that will diminish Capital Pride’s environmental impacts and ensure we support vendors and suppliers that are LGBTQ inclusive.
Throwables are items that parade floats toss to spectators. Historically, throwables have includes plastic beads, disposable water bottles, promotional pamphlets, etc.
Capital Pride discourages plastic beads and disposable water bottles as throwables. These plastic products have been shown to cause serious harm to marine ecosystems and have clogged DC street drains. While planning your organization’s parade contingent, be mindful of the environmental impacts of the materials you are using and distributing.
Visitors are encouraged to avoid driving to Pride events. Due to crowds and limited parking, if able, participants should walk or take public transportation to the festival. Reducing car trips will help reduce the event’s carbon footprint. Visit WMATA.com to plan your trip.
The District of Columbia does not permit the sale or distribution of polystyrene (Styrofoam™) food service products, plastics straws or stirs. Alternatives should be compostable. More information about alternatives and the city’s guidelines for disposal can be found on the Mayor’s List of Recyclables and Compostables.
The District of Columbia has a goal of reducing plastic waste by 80% by 2032—Capital Pride and participants have an obligation to support the city in this effort. For more information on the city’s sustainability initiative, visit the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).
Capital Pride Initiatives:
Capital Pride appreciates your cooperation in helping us make Pride a more sustainable event. The Capital Pride Alliance recognizes recommitting to sustainability will require effort from all parties involved. This document provides guidance for participants, but here are a few initiatives Capital Pride is undertaking in 2019 and hope to expand on in the future.
- Securing Renewables Energy Credits (RECs) to support renewable energy and offset the entirety of Capital Pride’s electric use with renewables.
- Engage the community through sustainability education initiatives, promoting sustainability efforts, and encouraging participation from environmental groups.
- Increased consultation with the DC Department of Energy and Environment.
- Composting pilot program.
- Waste and energy-use benchmarking.
Questions or comments?
Contact Curtis Walter, Executive Producer, Sustainability at Capital Pride at firstname.lastname@example.org.