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Environmental Sustainability

At ArtPrize, we work to better our best in sustainable strategies, and we invite you join us.

“ArtPrize has become an integral part of what makes Grand Rapids a great place to live, work, and play. The event and all who participate in this community treasure contribute to our city’s cultural and economic vibrancy and sustainability. Working together, we can increase diversity and inclusiveness, decrease energy consumption, and continue to spur growth while preserving natural assets and meeting shared sustainability goals to ensure Grand Rapids is a great place to live for everyone for generations to come.” – Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Grand Rapids, named "America’s Greenest City" by Fast Company and America’s most sustainable mid-sized city by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is home to ArtPrize. In addition to showcasing the social, imperative, and economic benefits of sustainability, ArtPrize has enormous potential to educate and influence our community around waste diversion, energy use, alternative transportation, water conservation, local food systems, healthy living, and our overall ecological footprint.

ArtPrize approaches this sustainability work through the lens of triple bottom line business practices—addressing our cultural, social, environmental, and economic impacts equally. Learn about our commitment to the Social Good.

2016 Environmental Initiatives and Outcomes

From alternative transportation solutions and waste diversion efforts to environmentally-conscious exhibitions, ArtPrize visitors will have more opportunities than ever before to consider and participate in sustainable practices at the eighth annual event.

Alternative Transportation: ArtPrize continues to promote alternative transportation to lower carbon impact and encourage healthy living. We hope you will find an environmentally-friendly transport option that works best for you. During ArtPrize Eight, over 46,000 visitors used public transportation to get to and around ArtPrize using the Meijer Park and Ride, the Rapids’ Silver Line, DASH buses, and the Rumsey Street Shuttle—with overall Rapid Metro Pass use up 84% from 2015. 

Recycling & Composting: We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with The City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, and WMEAC to pilot S.O.R.T stations at ArtPrize Eight that allow our visitors the opportunity to dispose waste responsibly through tri-bin collections around the city and at all ArtPrize-sanctioned events and hospitality spaces. Through this effort, ArtPrize was able to divert nearly 25% of the waste generated during our event, sparing nearly seven tons of material from incineration and landfilling.  

ArtPrize Water Share: Our tap Water Share program encourages healthy balanced living, and hydration with the added benefit of reducing single-use plastic bottles at ArtPrize. Through our sale of reusable water bottles and partnering with 25 ArtPrize venues, we were able to prevent the utilization of 11,523 single-use water bottles and divered 8,901 from the landfill. Download the ArtPrize Water Share flyer to learn more about the Water Share program.

Visitor & Venue Sustainability Guide: Interested in learning about how to lessen your impact? Some simple tactics and best practices have been compiled for your reference during ArtPrize and beyond. Download the Visitor & Venue Sustainability Guide.

Our Sustainability Partners

A special thanks to the Wege Foundation for their financial support of our environmental sustainability programming. 

We are very thankful for the strong leadership in West Michigan around sustainability and future planning in this area. A special thanks to the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and SustainabilityGrand Valley State University Office of Sustainability PracticesWest Michigan Sustainable Business ForumWest Michigan Environmental Action CouncilGrand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership,  Spectrum Health, and Absopure Water Company