Environmental organization to lease space at City Hall

Tacoma City Council approved a resolution June 12 that allows the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to open a satellite office in Tacoma City Hall.

The environmental organization will pay $423 per month to lease approximately 250 square feet of office space in the Tacoma Municipal Building for two years beginning this month. PSCAA intends to use the space as a satellite office to address air quality issues in Pierce County.

“The PSCAA’s main office is located in Seattle, but with increased activity in Tacoma/Pierce County due to addressing non-attainment concerns, the PSCAA would like to have a satellite office in Tacoma,” wrote Conor McCarthy, assistant division manager in Tacoma’s public works department, in documents supporting the lease agreement. McCarthy added the PSCAA hired a Tacoma/Pierce County communication and outreach coordinator last year.

Leasing office space in City Hall will improve coordination and collaboration between the PSCAA and local partners; improve access for Tacoma citizens and businesses because of local presence; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from travel to and from Seattle.

The PSCAA works in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology clean the air and protect the climate through education, incentives, and enforcement throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.