Thank you to the team at WASTE-FREE EARTH for their support in developing our Sustainability Programs 💚

Our longterm goal for SnowGlobe is to transition into a completely sustainable event -- an ambition inspired both by the South Lake Tahoe community's culture of environmentalism and our team's personal belief in the importance of conscientious and ethical event planning. We're happy to report that with guidance from the amazing team at Waste-Free Earth we've made significant steps year over year towards reaching our goal.

2018 Event Highlights

For SnowGlobe 2018, 70% of the waste we generated was diverted away from landfills and into recycling, composting, and donation based initiatives!

That percentage translates into a little over 84,000 pounds of waste.

• 73,421 Pounds Of Recyclable Material

• 7,868 Pounds Of Compostable Material (at a 17% contamination rate -- down from 69% in 2017!)

• 3,022 Pounds Of Donated Material 


Thank you to Full Circle Compost, South Tahoe Refuse and Chris's Cleaning for your support! 

675 Sugar Pines Planted

In 2017 we partnered with The Sugar Pine Foundation to plant 200 sugar pine seedlings to help restore Lake Tahoe's sugar pine population -- which now make up less than 5% of the Tahoe Forest. A huge part of SnowGlobe's magic is the beauty of the natural environment and we wanted to do our part to protect, preserve, and nurture it. 

For 2018 we re-committed and doubling down by sponsoring 400 sugar pine seedlings, with an additional 275 seedlings sponsored through donations by SnowGlobe attendees.

For 2019, we're increasing our sponsorship to 500 sugar pine seedlings. You can add a small financial contribution to your ticket order at checkout to sponsor your own seedling. 

View Planting Location Of SG17 Seedlings

100% Compostable Compliance

We require all of our food vendors and bars to only serve on 100% compostable products. That means no food can be wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic. Instead, everything will be 100% compostable and trucked down to Full Circle Compost in Carson City, NV where it's composted and turned into soil that will then be sold to the local community.  Rest assured knowing that your waste is literally going to be helping grow plants in the Tahoe area next spring 💚

SnowGlobe 2018 resulted in 7,868 pounds of  compostable material.

PICTURED: Representatives from Tahoe Coalition For The Homeless and Bread & Broth 4 Kids

Photo Courtesy Of SouthTahoeNow

Community Donations

In the days following the festival, SnowGlobe was able to donate over 3,022 pounds of warm clothing, food and water to 10 different organizations in the Lake Tahoe region:

• 26 cases (780 pounds) of water.

• 250 pounds of food and personal hygiene products.

• 83 boxes of clothing (~1,992 pieces of clothing). 

Donations were sent to Live Violence Free, The Warm Room (Tahoe Coalition For The Homeless), South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center, Boys And Girls Club, Christmas Cheer, Tahoe Youth Family Center, Bread & Broth / St. Theresa's Church, Focus (Men's Homeless Shelter), Casa De Vida Home For Girls and Reno/Sparks Gospel Mission.

Sustainability Booth & Water Station

• Approximately 53,952 single-use plastic water bottles were saved from being used thanks to our free filtered water stations by Event Water Solutions.

Almost 100 attendees participated in our Sustainability Interactions at the Sustainability Booth! Thank you for your support. These actions included:

• Over 30 attendees helped pick up trash after festival closed each night.

• Over 30 attendees signed our plastic pledge.

• Over 20 attendees helped pick up micro-trash around the festival.

About Waste-Free Earth

Waste-Free Earth is a full-service sustainability consulting and event production company based in Burlington, Vermont. We direct businesses and events to be seen as global leaders in environmental stewardship. By implementing innovative and strategic programs through the integration of triple bottom line sustainability, educational outreach, carbon footprint analysis, and waste reduction and diversion, we show our clients how to make environmentally conscious shifts while being economically viable.