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Light City works closely with local partners to integrate best practices of sustainability and reduce the festivals environmental footprint and impact on the local habitat wherever possible. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts staff have been working with the Office of Sustainability on the development of Arts & Culture section of the City’s sustainability plan which includes goals and guidelines for integrating sustainability into planning and waste management at large scale cultural events. The coordination and partnership that the Department of Public Works has brought to Light City’s recycling process is guiding these recommendations. 

Light City plans to work closely with sustainability partners and local environmental advocates to be aware of any potential negative impact caused by the event and accountable to take timely measures to communicate and address any unanticipated environmental impact caused by the event. 

If there are any environmental concerns associated with the festival, please contact: Ryan Patterson at 443-956-2032(cell) or

Energy Use & Monitoring

Annually Light City has done it’s best to measure the festival’s energy consumption throughout the Harbor. Collecting and monitoring this data will provide figures to measure against annually and look for ways to improve the events energy sourcing and consumption over time. Energy usage is monitored by collecting the data of watts consumed through the festivals generators. We also request partners to provide data of private venue energy usage when such information is available. The majority of light elements used in commissioned artwork projects and installations employ high efficiency LED’s. 

Trash & Recycling

Light City and the City Department of Public Works are encouraging all festival attendees to recycle and do their best to reduce waste throughout the weekend. 
There are recycling and waste stations located throughout the foot print of the festival. 

To maximize the recycling collection and minimize contamination to the recycling stream, all beverages dispensed at Light City beer and wine stands are poured into compostable cups. Aluminum cans and wine boxes are sorted and recycled behind the bard and the compostable cup handed to the consumer.

Food & Beverage Vendors

Light City strongly encourages all food and beverage vendors to use packaging, utensils and bags that are compostable or recyclable. Food or beverage vendors are PROHIBITED from serving food in containers made of Styrofoam at Light City, or any event produced by BOPA/Baltimore Festival of the Arts Inc. 

Light Pollution & Bird Migration

Light City is conscious of the negative effects that light pollution can have on migrating bird populations. The meets annually with Lights Out Baltimore to provide critical feedback to help alleviate the potential of light installations associated with the festival falling into the category of potentially dangerous light pollution. Light City takes this issue seriously and will take appropriate measures to minimize any potentially negative effects the festival could have on animal habitat or migration.

• Light City will consider feedback and notes provided by Lights Out Baltimore when considering the lighting elements of all artistic installations and the light walk. 

• Light City will share Lights Out’s notes with production team PRG to keep in mind and consider when designing any outdoor lighting display or “art walk” lighting elements. 

• Lights Out will work with Light City to monitor the site during the festival and make Light City aware of any imminent bird collision emergencies.

• Light City will provide Lights Out a dedicated liaison to be a point of contact in the event of any bird collision emergencies.

o Point of Contact for any bird or wildlife-related emergencies related to lighting elements associated with the festival, Lights Out Baltimore is asked to contact Ryan Patterson 443-956-2032 (cell).


•             Use of public transportation is promoted as the best way to get to the festival.

•             The Maryland Transit Authority website offers a trip planner that can advise visitors on which bus route to use or how to access the Light Rail system.

•             The Charm City Circulator provides a free bus service that can be used to access the festival or to move around the Inner Harbor. Both the Purple and Orange routes pass the festival.

•             We encourage all festival attendees to carpool and use Public Transit as much as possible when attending Light City.

•             Baltimore Bike Share provides a convenient way to move around the Inner Harbor and Light City Footprint.

•             All cyclists and drivers should be extra cautious and vigilant of the increased pedestrian foot traffic throughout the Inner Harbor and consider that many festival goers may not be aware when they are walking in a bike lane.  

Bike Parking

Light City will provide a dedicated Bike Parking Zone, located behind the Baltimore Visitor Center, near the Big Wheel ferris wheel. The Bike Parking Zone is centrally located and gives bike riders a secure place to leave their bikes while exploring the festival. The bike parking area can accommodate more than 100 bikes at a time. 

Festival Communications & Schedules

Stay green by visiting, or downloading the FREE mobile app for all festival information and schedules. 

Other Initiatives

• The festival is paperless whenever possible by sending details to participants electronically. Visitors are encouraged to download the free Light City Baltimore App for a program schedule, and map. 

• Have an idea or suggestion? Please email Ryan Patterson at