Awards ceremony March 5 for Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge

The brightest design teams from around the Puget Sound region will showcase their ideas for a greener Tacoma during the first-ever Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge awards ceremony next week in downtown Tacoma, City of Tacoma officials announced Wednesday.

Teams of local firms, sustainability committee members, and students from four universities will share their ideas to jurors, fellow competitors, and spectators before a winning team in each of three categories receives a $5,000 cash prize and trophy.

The competition was launched late last year when local design and engineering firms were invited to form teams and develop concepts for up to three real-world sites sponsored by public entities in Tacoma. The City of Tacoma is sponsoring a green roadway in the South Tacoma Way business district; the Port of Tacoma is sponsoring an industrial redevelopment site; and Metro Parks Tacoma is sponsoring an urban redevelopment of the South End Recreation Area (SERA) Athletic Fields.

The public is also invited to weigh in on each team’s design by voting online here until 5 p.m. on Thurs., March 5.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thurs., March 5, between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the University of Washington Tacoma (Philip Hall), located at 1918 Pacific Ave., in downtown Tacoma. Tickets for the awards ceremony are free to anyone attending the Vision2Action Sustainability Symposium earlier that day (or $10 each for non-attendees). More information about registration and event details is available online at

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