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Your Guide to a Zero-Waste Event in The River Center

February 17, 2020


Implementing green practices at your next event is easier than you think. Recycling, composting, and simple reusable decor are just a few ways to lower your impact on the environment. With Nashville becoming a more sustainable city alternative options are more accessible than ever.

*Please note: The Cumberland River Compact is no longer in the River Center. Please contact the Bridge Building to get in touch about planning an event at this location.

Find the Perfect Green Event Space

Find a venue that offers the following:

Go Paperless

Ditch paper invites! Go virtual with your invites/save the dates. If you can’t go paperless, utilize a service with sustainability in their mission.


Location, Location

Walking distance to downtown and Music City Star – urge guests to ride their bike or walk. Or schedule group transportation or offer a coupon code for zero-emission rides. The River Center was strategically placed near public transportation to lower the environmental impact of its guests and is conveniently connected to the pedestrian walking bridge, offering a short walk to Downtown Nashville’s bustling bars and restaurants. 

Food & Drink

 When choosing your vendors keep sustainability at the forefront of your decision-making process. Find a caterer who already recycles, composts, provides reusable serveware/glassware or compostable options. Don’t overdo it on food – donate leftovers to a local shelter like the Nashville Rescue Mission.

The River Center offers 100 dinner plates, flatware, water glasses & wine glasses for use at your event!


Event Waste

Offer recycling and composting to your guests. Metro Works offers free recycling & composting bins — as long as you promise to responsibly dispose of all collected items.  Compost Nashville proudly offers compost pick-up.

The River Center offers in-house recycling and compost collection!

Check out the River Center


Go simple – houseplants, utilize your backyard (cut flowers from your garden or branches from your bushes/trees). If arrangements are a must, donate them at the end of the night to your local hospital.

Katie Painter Photography

Want to go further with your sustainable event planning? Check out this great checklist created by FSU’s Sustainable Campus

Photo Creds:  swak photography