Finding creative ways to reduce our ecological footprint is a central part of our daily practice.
Our sustainability efforts extend to the "Get Out!" summer season by having socially responsible and environmentally friendly art, vendors, and events. We are proud of our pledge to all things green and encourage participants to stand with us in this commitment.
The information below provides specific details about our commitment to reducing waste, reusing and recycling materials, and finding alternative methods of getting to and from our events.
Reduceby analyzing our overall consumption habits
The first step toward sustainability is reducing our overall consumption habits.
- Reducing energy use—minimal use of electricity, water and fossil fuels
- Reducing signage and printed materials by printing as few as possible, making them smaller, using recyclable materials and non-toxic inks
- Seeking organic materials for merchandise to reduce use of pesticides
- Reducing waste by providing Park Season participants with recycling and composting bins; asking vendors and participants to limit their waste
- Recycling Park Season materials
- Encouraging the the use of cloth totes and the reduction of plastic bags
- Encouraging use of alternative forms of transportation
Reuseby making use of non-recyclables
Before tossing anything at SAM, we think about how it can be reused.
- SAM reuses signage for multiple activities, until it requires replacement
- When signage is no longer relevant, it is used for art activities by teen and family programs, and offered to a local company, Alchemy Goods, for use in making totes and bags for sale at SAM SHOP.
- Inviting visitors to participate in art activities that employ recycled materials.
- Consider reusing containers and bags that come with the products you buy
Recycleby recycling everything we can
Part of being green is recycling or keeping as many things out of landfills as possible. For Get Out! Summer at SAM this means:
- Posting recycling and composting bins throughout the park, including pre-consumer composting by vendors
- Recycling of vendor-generated material, including pre-consumer composting and recycling of grease
Support Locally Produced Art and Products
In keeping with our commitment to sustainability we seek out regional artists, vendors and products. This means:
- Focusing on regional artists’ works
- Working with local teaching artists
- Supporting local food truck vendors
- Encouraging vendor products be locally-based and produced or grown
- Promoting community-based interests and educational information
Get Out! Summer at SAM involves a big community of artists, local residents, community partners and regional visitors alike. We believe that this work is about building community connections and putting our best foot forward to educate about the importance of an enhanced, livable and green urban life that has art at its center. This means:
- Recognizing the important nature of social responsibility by organizing Get Out! Summer at SAM—a culturally rich series of events for all to share
- Being a leader in and a supporter of a strong sustainability mission
- Supporting non-profit organizations that embody sustainability
- Supporting and recognizing locally-based businesses and cultural organizations
Use Alternative Transportation
We encourage taking alternative modes of transportation to Get Out! Summer at SAM to help reduce carbon emissions. This means:
- Planning ahead to carpool or rideshare (King County Metro Rideshare) or taking the bus (King County Metro bus, King County’s transit site)
- Biking to the park
- Walking to the park from nearby neighborhoods
- Encouraging others to do the same