Green Ribbon Task Force Meetings / Task Force Recommendations / Global Warming Resources / Kyoto Protocol / ContactsSustainable Tacoma Commission Appointed by City Council
An 11-member Sustainable Tacoma Commission on Climate Change was appointed by the City Council on April 7, 2009. For the list of members and other information, see the Sustainable Tacoma Commission Web page.
City Council Establishes Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Tacoma Commission
A resolution creating an Office of Sustainability and the Sustainable Tacoma Commission on Climate Change was adopted by the Tacoma City Council on October 21, 2008. The duties assigned to these entities officially begin implementation of the recommendations of the Green Ribbon Climate Action Task Force.
The News Tribune reported on the Council's action: Tacoma takes step toward greener city
Tacoma's Climate Action Plan Presented to City Council
The Green Ribbon Climate Action Task Force presented its recommendations for Tacoma's Climate Action Plan to the City Council Study Session on July 1, 2008. The Council will consider formal action on the recommendations at a later date.
Tacoma's Climate Action Plan - as presented to the City Council Study Session July 1, 2008
PowerPoint Presentation - July 1, 2008
The Climate Action Plan lays out a road map for how the city should reduce its carbon emissions. It includes carbon reduction goals for 2012, 2020 and 2050; 40 new strategies for reducing emissions; an overview of other carbon-reduction strategies currently in progress; a recommended approach to implementation; and a two-year action plan for launching the program.
Other Documents available:
Summary information on the public feedback is available here.
For a summary of the draft recommendations, click here.
For handouts from the Public Meetings, click here.
The News Tribune, October 22, 2008
Tacoma takes step toward greener city
The Tacoma City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to create an Office of Sustainability, an attempt to improve the city's environmental friendliness.
The News Tribune, July 6, 2008
City Council backs 'green' goals
City Council members embrace task force's recommendations to reduce Tacoma's carbon footprint.
Tacoma Weekly, July 10, 2008
Council embraces 'green' agenda
The city of Tacoma is preparing to drastically alter how it goes about its daily functions in an effort to reduce carbon emissions ...
Commentary in The News Tribune, July 1, 2008
"Success of Tacoma's climate plan holds key to quality of life"
by Joanne Buselmeier & Ryan Mello, Task Force Co-chairs
Members of the City Council approved a resolution April 18, 2006, that affirmed the City's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and curb global warming in accordance with the Kyoto Protocols. City staff are currently working to establish baseline data and develop goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases, while encouraging the continued growth and development of clean technology businesses in Tacoma. For information about the Kyoto Protocol, click here.
Green Ribbon Climate Action Task Force
The Green Ribbon Climate Action Task Force was established to refine reduction goals and develop specific community and government greenhouse gas reduction measures by June 2008.
To meet the Kyoto goal locally the Mayor appointed the Climate Action Task Force on Climate Protection. The 25 members of the task force were appointed by the Tacoma City Council and will represent a diverse set of interests and community groups including government agencies, environmental groups, business and trade groups, higher education and the health community. The task force will report their findings first to the Environment and Public Works Committee and then the full City Council. It is hoped that staff resources and preliminary budgetary scoping will accompany the recommendations.
Task Force Subcommittees
Energy Supply & Use: explores heating, cooling, industry, lighting, green building
Transportation: explores transit, vehicle fuels, facilities, non-motorized transportation
Build & Unbuilt Environment: explores low-impact development, land use, open space, urban forest, sequestration, solid waste
March - September 2007
| Regular monthly meetings of task force|
October 2007 - February 2008
Task force review of draft recommendations from
March - April 2008
| Public comment on draft recommendations|
April - May 2008
| Task force finalized recommendations|
June 25 & July 1, 2008
| Recommendations presented to City Council|
Climate Change Resolution
Adopted on April 18, 2006
Task force and subcommittee meeting presentations: