Cleanest & Greenest

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Proud to be one of the Cleanest & Greenest Festivals in the World!

Environmental responsibility is a well-known and celebrated tradition in Portland. The Rose Festival’s Cleanest & Greenest Festival program runs like clockwork with annual support from major service organizations around the city. Thanks to our dedicated partners and volunteers, the Rose Festival has been recognized as one of the Cleanest & Greenest Festivals in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association for over 13 years!

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How the Rose Festival Goes Green

  • Longtime partner, Portland General Electric, will once again step up to help make the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade carbon-neutral by purchasing carbon offsets to counter the carbon emissions of this year’s parade entries. An estimated 9 tons of carbon dioxide is emitted by the cars, floats and motorcycles in the parade – even the garbage trucks and street cleaners contribute to the carbon. PGE also purchased enough offsets to cover the 12-day run of CityFair, the Rose Festival’s largest event, so the estimated 106,000-kilowatt hours of power used by the rides and the vendors could be offset by investments in wind power and other renewable energy sources.
  • Volunteers distribute bags along the parade routes, then collect them after the parade, to help parade viewers keep the streets of Portland clean.
  • The clean-up trucks are part of the parade! They spray and sweep and pack the trash as they make their way tucked closely behind the last unit of the parades. They’re decorated, with lights for the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade and with balloons and festoons for the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade and the Fred Meyer Junior Parade.
  • Portland is so good at keeping it green that we were named the North American host for the 2013 World Environment Day celebration by the United Nations Environment Programme, 1 of 5 host cities selected around the world!
  • In 2013, a large scale waterfront restoration project led by the Parks Department was completed. The two-part facelift intended to provide the .5 mile park with better drainage and promote healthy and speedy grass growth. The Rose Festival is Waterfront Park’s largest event, so it’s fitting that the organization is also the largest single contributor to the restoration efforts. The Portland Rose Festival Foundation contributed $100,000 (nearly one-third of the project’s total cost!).