Tacoma City Council seeks applicants for Sustainable Tacoma Commission

Citizens interested in helping the City of Tacoma and the community reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more sustainable are encouraged to apply for a vacant position on the Sustainable Tacoma Commission.

The Tacoma City Council is looking for a new member to join the oversight group, which is designed to 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.

The person selected will complete the unexpired term of a commission member who resigned. This term expires in April 2013; however, the new commission member may apply for another three-year term at that time.

The Commission is intended to bring citizen accountability, transparency and vigilance to the long-term implementation of Tacoma’s Climate Action Plan. The Commission is also charged with overseeing, coordinating, communicating and encouraging public involvement regarding broader sustainability initiatives. The Commission works with the City’s Office of Sustainability, which is responsible for implementing the strategies in the Climate Action Plan and measuring the City’s progress toward meeting its sustainability goals. Both the Office and the Commission were created by a City Council resolution in October 2008. Duties of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission include oversight of the implementation of Climate Action Plan strategies; coordinating with the Office of Sustainability to obtain greenhouse gas emissions reduction reports; obtaining updates from the Office of Sustainability on Climate Action Plan strategy implementation efforts and periodic result reports; providing annual progress reports to the public; communicating barriers to and incentives for implementation to City Council; creating a forum for regular public comment and community involvement; and researching and making recommendations on sustainability policies and programs.

Applications must be submitted to the Mayor’s Office by June 8, 2012. To apply, visit http://www.cityoftacoma.org/sustainabletacoma or contact Cindy DeGrosse (253) 594-7848, Mayor’s Office, Room 1200, Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.

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