Zero Waste Certification - The ZIP Program


ZIP Certified Special Events


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PLATINUM Level

Alcosan Open House Allegheny County Sanitary Authority  September 13, 2013

The open house is an educational event aimed at increasing understanding about the plant's operations, the environment and science behind water treatment for the 83 communities it serves. Alcosan's commitment to the environment extends to all facets of their operations including their open house. For the third year running organizers of the annual open house have worked with Zero Waste Pittsburgh to reduce the waste of the event and educate the public about alternative waste handling options. Through the efforts of Alcosan staff this year's event have again achieved a diversion rate of over 90%! Read more about their Zero Waste Success


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GOLD Level

Green Workplace Challenge Sustainable Pittsburgh March 27th, 2014

The Green Workplace Challenge joined the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section and the Environmental, Water, and Resources Institute (EWRI) for a full-day event that explored the connections between energy use and water use, with emphasis on conservation, savings, and new technologies. By using an event space within a , Phipps Conservatory, a ZIP Certified facility, Sustainable Pittsburgh was able to easily attain their waste reduction goals and achieve ZIP Certification.


Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest The Outdoor Classroom November 9, 2013

The Annual Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest features food, free programs, hikes and activities like pumpkin decorating, Plunge for the Pumpkins, wagon rides, an interactive hay structure, chain saw woodcarving demonstrations, glass blowing demonstrations, campfire s'mores and an apple slingshot and catapult competition. In it's 5th year year and second attempt at zero waste, it was able to maintain Gold level of certification for its focus on environmental initiatives around waste reduction.


Global Links Open House Global Links October 5, 2013

In keeping with their mission, Global Links worked with Zero Waste Pittsburgh to make the new facility open house a zero waste event through the collection and proper handling of compostables and recyclables. Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and improving health in resource-poor communities. To celebrate the grand opening of their new two-story 58,000-square-foot building they invited the public to visit, tour and experience some re-use art activities and interactive performances.


Richard Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh
Great Race and Junior Great Race
Pittsburgh Citiparks September 21 & 29, 2013

For the fourth year running, this event, named after former Pittsburgh Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri has pursued ZIP certification of it's efforts towards diverting compostable cups and food waste as well as collecting cardboard and leftover print materials for recycling. Following national race trends, Citiparks invested in bulk water distribution stations which will allow for the exploration of reducing or eliminating cups from water stations in the future. In 2011 the race achieved national recognition for their greening efforts through the Council for Responsible Sport's ReSport Certification.


Green & Innovation Festival & Hay Day Allegheny County September 28, 2013

The event featuring "sustainable living and innovation in all forms" takes place at the Hartwood Acres Amphitheater and features various environmental organizations and presentations, green energy contractors, local artists, a reuse costume parade, music and food. In it's fourth year running, the event continued with it's efforts of reducing waste and promoting environmental sustainability by working with Zero Waste Pittsburgh.


Steel City Big Pour® Construction Junction® September 7, 2013

Construction Junction is a nonprofit promoting conservation through the reuse of building materials. Their annual fund raising event, the Steel City Big Pour is attended by more than 3,000 people, and features two 3-hour sessions of music, art, local gourmet food and local craft beer tasting. In line with their mission, which diverts tons of building materials from landfill every year, Construction Junction achieved a level as high as 80% diversion for this event.


Three Rivers Arts Festival Pittsburgh Cultural Trust June 7-16, 2013

For five years running the largest festival in Pittsburgh has worked with the Pennsylvania Resources Council to help implement the zero waste initiative which requires the cooperation of event contractors, vendors and, of course, the participants themselves. Over 50% (by weight) of all materials collected at the 10 day long event, were diverted from the landfill including bottles and cans, cardboard, waste cooking oil, pallets, compostable cups, straws, forks, plates and food waste.


Mount Lebanon Earth Day Event Mt Lebanon Environmental Team April 27, 2013

A "block party" for the planet organized by Mt Lebanon residents and supported by the municipality (Information Office -Mt Lebanon Magazine, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation) featured information about local environmental groups, safer products, local farmers, recycled & "green" gifts and of course good food and music. Everything that one would expect from a great Earth Day event!


Sakura Festival Sakura Project April 6, 2013

The Sakura Project is an organization that is devoted to planting cherry trees throughout North Park and increasing cultural awareness of Japan. The beautiful cherry tress they have planted will continue to produce cherry blossoms for years to come. The Sakura Festival has been submitting for certification and pursuing better waste management practices since 2010 when it achieved Bronze. Since 2011 the organizers of this event have held a Gold level of certification for their implementation of waste reduction and recycling.


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SILVER Level

Taste of Grow Pittsburgh Grow Pittsburgh September 22th, 2013

This annual fund raising event features an assortment of tastings from Grow Pittsburgh's restaurant partners that purchase locally grown produce as well as music and libations. Zero Waste Pittsburgh has provided event waste diversion services and educational outreach about proper waste sorting with direct interaction with event participants.


Pedal Pittsburgh Bike Pittsburgh August 25, 2013

You can not find a more bicyclist supported event in Pittsburgh, than Pedal Pittsburgh. Providing direction, street closures, snacks, water and entertainment, this event eliminates all excuses for getting out on the road. While pedaling around Pittsburgh this year, cyclists had the opportunity to dispose of their recyclables and compostables in an environmental sensitive way at all Pedal Pittsburgh supported stops.


Bike Fest Fundraiser Party Bike Pittsburgh August 9, 2013

BikeFest is Bike Pittsburgh's biggest fundraiser and annual celebration of all things bicycling in Pittsburgh. This is now the signature kick off event to 17 days chock full of bike-themed events organized by individuals and organizations in Pittsburgh. The party provides food, drinks, music and bicycle themed challenges which to partake in. For the fourth year in a row, Bike Pittsburgh has worked with Zero Waste Pittsburgh to help make this annual event as light on the environment as possible.


The Pittsburgh Blues Festival The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank July 19-21, 2013

For the third year in a row, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has "greened" the Pittsburgh Blues Festival by implementing collection of food waste, cooking oil and recyclables. The Food Bank helps provide food assistance to more than 110,000 people in southwestern PA every month. The Blues Festival is the Food Bank's largest annual fundraiser, a three-day family-friendly event that features national and local blues musicians, food and merchandise, and a Kid Zone with arts, crafts and games.


Venture Outdoors Festival Venture Outdoors  May 18, 2013

The Venture Outdoors Festival is a free celebration of outdoor recreation. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, yoga, biking and climbing were some of the opportunities available to event participants. Working with ZWP's event recycling services, organizers were able to provide recycling for the entire event that spanned the land and water sides of Point State Park. Venture Outdoors festival has been working with Zero Waste Pittsburgh to reduce waste at their outdoor festival for 3 years, but has been ZIP certified for four.


Pittsburgh Marathon Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon May 5-6, 2013

For the second year in a row the the Pittsburgh Marathon and Zero Waste Pittsburgh were able to provide increased recycling and waste reduction at this year's event. Along with traditional recyclables, cardboard and plastic bottles, the effort targeted Heatsheets and other plastic films generated by event operations and participants. Additional bulk water distribution units were purchased and deployed by the Marathon to help pave the way toward reduction and eventually elimination of bottled water usage. The Marathon also conducted a pilot for expanding efforts towards capturing the some 300,000+ paper cups and food waste from the finish line festival and race course.


Israel Fest Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh April 16, 2013

In continuing with their good event stewardship, the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh again worked with a crew from Zero Waste Pittsburgh during the event at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill to help the event achieve compostables and recyclables diversion. This annual celebration is of the nation of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948. (Certified - 2010,2011,2013)


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BRONZE Level

Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS ALS Association Western PA Chapter September 7, 2013

The Walk to Defeat ALSģ is The ALS Association's biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow for their local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year. This is first year that the ALS Walk worked with Zero Waste Pittsburgh to begin the process of moving towards zero waste by collecting bottles, cans and cardboard for recycling and composting foodwaste and compostable serviceware.


The 23rd Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival Pittsburgh Irish Festival September 6-8, 2013

The Pittsburgh Irish Festival has implemented incremental waste reduction strategies for three years. Celebrating the Irish experience in America through dance, music, artisans, storytellers, and, of course, food and beer at this three day festival. Festival participants were able to recycle their plastic, metal and glass beverage containers, aluminum foil and paper programs. Reusable pint glasses were available for purchase to save on cups and waste oil was collected for use in the growing local bio-fuel energy economy.