Past Activities

Past Workshops

For years, the South Sound Sustainability Expo has featured a unique assortment of workshops, activities, and interactive elements for the whole family. Unfortunately, the 2020 and 2021 Expos have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. Although the 2020 Expo didn’t take place, below you can discover what we had planned…and get an idea of what to expect in the future!

Sustainable Fashion Show & Sustainable Fashion Around the Sound Panel
Panel moderator: Zakiya Cita, Founder of The Chayah Movement
Trash + Fashion = Trashion. Check out the Sustainable Fashion Show to see more than 30 creations from Tacoma community members who were challenged to design wearable art from thrifted and upcycled materials. Then, stick around to learn simple, budget-friendly ways you can make your closet more sustainable from local leaders in the sustainable fashion movement. Join the movement, join the conversation 

Growing the Canopy Near You
Sarah Low, Founder of Tacoma Tree Foundation
Tacoma’s trees are a valuable asset that, if maintained, benefit the health of our community for generations. Tacoma’s local tree expert will share the best practices in tree planting and tree care, including selecting the right tree for the right place and what to watch out for when preparing to plant a tree. Plus, learn about opportunities to get involved in community tree plantings, and how to access resources for free and reduced cost trees.

The Plastic Problem: How did we get here? How can we help?
Krystina Jarvis, Founder & Owner of A Drop in the Ocean Shop
The world is in the midst of a recycling crisis. Plastics are piling up with nowhere to go. How did we get here, and what can we do to help? Join Krystina Jarvis of A Drop in the Ocean in this workshop to jump-start your journey to plastic-free, low-waste, or zero-waste living.

EV, Set, Go! Is an electric vehicle right for you?
Sarah Sweet, Conservation Program Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities
Electric vehicles are off to the races in 2020! Each year, new electric vehicle models are introduced with lower prices, greater range, more options and more charging stations installed to better meet driver’s needs. Learn about the practicalities and benefits of electric vehicles including:

  • Environmental benefits
  • How an electric vehicle can help you save money
  • Incentives and savings available
  • Managing “range anxiety” and charging

Nature Works Best: Green Infrastructure Interactive Tour
Shauna Hansen, City of Tacoma Environmental Services
Have you ever walked down the Prairie Line Trail or Pacific Ave and admired the landscaping? Beyond looking visually pleasing, these elements do so much more to manage rainwater as a resource and limit the impact that Tacoma’s built environment has on Puget Sound. Join City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services division on a green infrastructure tour of downtown Tacoma to learn how street design can use natural processes to reduce polluted runoff, restore habitat, and conserve water. This walking tour will span about 2 miles round trip and will include some stairs.

Family Activities

Arts & Crafts with the Tacoma Nature CenterAnimal & Plant Exhibit with the Slater MuseumScavenger Hunt around the Expo to win prizes! & More!

Mini Farmers Market

Stop by vendor booths from the Tacoma Farmers Market and Proctor Farmers Market. Don’t forget your resuable bag! 

Virtual Reality

Walk through a forest. Swim under the sea. Stop by the Virtual Reality Station to try out the latest tech! (Interested in getting more involved? Sign up to volunteer at the VR station.)

Mending Station

That shirt with a hole in it? Those pants with a tear? Bring them to the Mending Station to be repaired for FREE by professional sewers. Hosted by Zero Waste Washington.

Sustainable Fashion Show

Celebrate reuse and waste reduction in fashion with a show of upcycled fashion creations designed by 20 Tacoma community members. Happening at 11 am in the Workshop Area. 

Pierce Transit Electric Bus

Yes, you read that right. A full-size Pierce Transit electric bus inside the Convention Center! Climb on in and check it out!

Free Screen Printing Station

Every year attendees give new life to an old shirt, bag or other cloth item by screen printing a design on it.

Check out a couple of the available screen print designs below!

Check out 2018’s screen print designs and colors!