Cultural Services News & Stories

Posted on: December 2, 2022

Riverfront Festival Evergreen Certification

Event at the Riverfront Festival

We hope you enjoyed last summer's Eugene Riverfront Festival as much as we did. Planning a festival of its size was no small task, but the City staff and partner organizations who made it happen held themselves to high ethical and environmental standards at every stage. Their hard work has paid off, and the festival has now received recognition for their achievements.

As the world's leading responsible sport certification program, the nonprofit Council for Responsible Sport helps event planning organizations transform their way of thinking to develop processes that are noticeable, meaningful and responsible.  Its mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing, and to actively support organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities.

After evaluating the processes and impact of the Eugene Riverfront Festival, The Council for Responsible Sport has awarded it their highest Evergreen Level Certification. This certification recognizes events that are produced responsibly in the following areas:

  • Planning and Communication
  • Procurement
  • Resource Management
  • Access and Equity
  • Community Legacy

The goal of this certification is to create a framework that helps organizers deliver purposeful events that go above and below the bottom line, with the hope that these standards will be widely recognized and become the norm for events worldwide. We are proud that the City of Eugene could show the world how a festival like ours can meet high standards for social justice, environmental sustainability and economic vitality.

Festival highlight video

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