City seeks candidates for Sustainable Tacoma Commission

Individuals interested in working with the City of Tacoma to increase sustainability and oversee the implementation of its aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals are encouraged to apply for membership on the Sustainable Tacoma Commission.

Formed in 2009 in response to the City’s first Climate Action Plan, the Sustainable Tacoma Commission provides an opportunity to connect and collaborate with others working in environmental stewardship, communicate sustainability goals to Tacoma City Council, work with the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability to oversee the City’s programs promoting sustainability, and dedicate time and energy to making Tacoma a more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable community.

Tacoma City Council is looking to fill five seats: three new three-year terms, an unexpired two-year term, and an unexpired one-year term. Members are needed who provide a balanced representation of various stakeholders, including the environmental community, small business, labor, housing, industry and port, transportation, education, the building industry, and residents.

Duties of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission include coordinating with the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability to oversee the City’s sustainability programs and greenhouse gas reduction goals; providing annual progress reports to the public; communicating barriers to and incentives for implementation to Tacoma City Council; and creating a forum for regular public comment and community involvement.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Weds., May 14. To apply, please visit or contact Linnea Meredith at (253) 591-5178, City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402. More information is available online here.