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Green Events

What makes us green?

Proceeds from events and facility rental help fund our environmental education programs, while also serving as an educational opportunity in and of themselves. All ENC event guests experience a “green event”.

Prohibited Practices

Sustainable Alternatives!

Styrofoam, paper or disposable plastic cups, plates, or utensils.

Re-useable cups, plates, and utensils.

Bring your own or rent! China, flatware, glassware and linens can be rented at:

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Disposable/plastic water bottles.

Give your guests re-usable bottles filled with water or use pitchers to fill reusable cups.


Disposable table coverings.

Rent linens or bring your own re-usable table cloths. The ENC’s rustic picnic tables are charming just the way they are, they do not require any tablecloths!

linens can be rented at:

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Balloons and confetti.

We also do not allow the release of any live animals, including doves and butterflies.

Blow bubbles! Throw flower petals! Hang flags, banners or streamers! Decorate your event with flowers or plants. Instead of confetti, throw native plant seed! More info on how balloons are harmful to the environment, HERE.

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Open flame torches, luminaries, lanterns, candles, or any open flames are prohibited.

Enjoy the ENC’s beautiful string light system! Bring reusable solar lanterns or electric candles for decorative lighting.

The ENC has a closet full of items that you may borrow for your event (i.e. electric candles) as long as you return them neatly in the condition you found them. You are also more than welcome to bring in electric candles and lighting that you want at your event.

The ENC’s fire pit can be used by arrangement with our Facility Rental Coordinator, as long as a “no burn alert” has not been issued by the AQMD.

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Non-native plants and seed may not be sold at the ENC. Read why HEREInvasive plants may not be brought into the Center. Shells and coral CANNOT be brought into the ENC. Read why HERE.

Plants that are not on the California Invasive Plant Council list may be used as centerpieces by event hosts renting the facility. Locally native plants are always welcome! Not sure? email us!

Want a beachy ocean theme? Decorate with driftwood, sand and rocks!

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Propane tanks are not allowed on ENC grounds (for heaters or cooking*).

For events, the ENC provides fleece blankets rolled and set out around the campfire ring for your guests.  For food warming, the ENC allows Green Sterno, this more eco-friendly Sterno can found at Smart and Final and any restaurant supply store. Permits are available through the City of Newport Beach for onsite food prep using propane.

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For additional information or to request an appointment with the Facility Rental Coordinator, please send an email to Ali Screen.

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