As we plan Citizens for the River benefiting The Greenway Foundation, we will continue to lead the way in our sustainability efforts! 

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS at the 2018 South Platte RiverFest

The Greenway Foundation is dedicated to the South Platte river, but our environmental consciousness extends far beyond this riparian treasure. This year, we continue our efforts to make this urban river festival environmentally friendly, while still providing a fun-fill event! Here are a few ways you can help us reduce the footprint of this event:

Drink Local

  • Water stations are provided by Denver Water, to decrease amount of plastic waste from single-use water bottles. Refill your own water bottle for free throughout the entire weekend!

  • MillerCoors, based in Golden, will be providing several of their locally made beers for purchase at this year's event.

Sustainable Nourishment

  • Several of our food vendors are local! Choosing local food vendors builds community and reduces our carbon footprint 

Festival Waste Reduction
    Waste Sorting Stations

  • We are partnering with a local non-profit Originateve to sort waste generated at the festival into three categories: compost, recycling, or landfill. During both days of the festival, they will also be collecting empty aluminium cans (from both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) to create a large piece of art on site!

  • Food and beverage vendors are encouraged to only use 100% compostable or recyclable cups.

    Printed Material

  • This free event does not require tickets

  • Most of our promotion and marketing for this event is done online through email, social media, and internet advertisements. 

  • Registration for vendors and  standup paddleboard races were done online.


  • We encourage biking to the event, and will have more details on this option soon!

  • Take the light rail or bus to the Station Union Station and walk a few blocks through downtown to get to the festival. Those who get off at the Pepsi Center / Elitch Gardens Station can hop on the Platte Valley Trolley to get to the festival.