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2030 Climate Action Plan Targets

The City’s primary goals are to (1) achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, (2) prepare our community for unavoidable climate impacts, and (3) promote social equity by bringing greater benefits and reducing burdens for our BIPOC and other frontline communities.

 Tacoma's No New Action versus Net-Zero pathway

What Do We Mean by Net Zero Emissions?
Net zero emissions are achieved by eliminating GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from activities carried out within the city. The goal is to first get as close to zero emissions as possible, and then to offset any emissions that are left with an equivalent amount of carbon removals. Carbon can be removed from the atmosphere through direct capture and storage technologies, or from reclaiming and restoring natural lands. In Tacoma, net zero emissions will be achieved by improving the systems and technologies for moving people around, building and operating buildings, producing and manufacturing goods, and disposing of waste.

Tacoma’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) urgently responds to our climate emergency by proposing 64 climate actions with a deadline of 2024 to address the largest sources of community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including consumption, transportation, industry, and buildings, as well as prepare for local climate impacts, such as wildfire smoke, extreme heat, and sea level rise. Investments in climate action can deliver healthy, affordable housing; clean, reliable transportation; protections for public health; and green, good-paying jobs. However, we will only get the benefits of climate action if we fund and staff the Plan. 

To promote transparency and accountability, the City will develop an annual progress report and provide updates at least annually on progress. 

You can also track our community’s real-time progress here:  

Natural Systems and Local Food

Indicator 2020  2030 Target
 Exceed national average per capita rate spent on tree care  $1.57/capita  $6.05/capita
 Increase tree planting and care in high heat, very low and low opportunity equity neighborhoods  --  25,000 trees planted
 Increase acres of actively managed open space ecosystem habitat by 24%. Protect 6% more acres

76.35 acres managed


498 acres protected

94.5 acres managed


530 acres protected

 Increase natural heat Island intervention projects in hottest neighborhoods by 100%  19 projects  38 projects
 Increase the number of community food projects, including community gardens, food forests, orchards, farms, food rescue efforts, and farmers markets by 10%  85 projects  94 projects

Buildings and Energy

Indicator 2020 2030 Target
 Reduce fossil fuel energy use from buildings by 33%  24 million MMBTU  16 million MMBTU
 Increase number of green certified:
a) commercial buildings by 332% and
b) housing units by 247%

43 commercial certifications


2,039 housing units certified


143 commercial certifications


5,039 housing units certified

 Increase number of preserved housing units and new affordable units created  --

2,300 affordable housing units preserved


6,000 new units created

Mobility and Land Use

Indicator 2020 2030 Target
 Eliminate fatalities and serious injuries from collisions by 2035 to achieve Vision Zero (reduce by 66% by 2030)  92 fatalities/serious injuries  31 fatalities/serious injuries
 Increase public electric vehicle charging locations by 5 times, especially in low and very low opportunity equity neighborhoods

40 locations city-wide


23 in low and very low opportunity areas


200 locations city-wide


125 in low and very low opportunity areas

 Increase bicycle infrastructure miles by 80%  78 miles  140 miles
 Increase miles of sidewalks by 14%  969 miles  1,105 miles
 Increase number of ADA-compliant curb ramps by 78%   6,000 ramps  10,667 ramps
 Increase City of Tacoma active transportation and transit staffing to reach League of American Bicyclists gold-level staffing target  2 staff  7 staff
 Increase compact, complete, walkable neighborhoods  --  80% of residents live in a 20 minute neighborhood


Indicator 2020 2030 Target
 Decrease per-capita waste generation by 14%  4.8 lbs/capita   4 lbs/capita
 Increase metric tons of GHGs from diverted materials from Recycling and Recovery Center by 17%  7,288 MTCO2 e diverted  8,527 MTCO2 e diverted

Green Economy

Indicator    2020    2030 Target   
 Increase number of EnviroStar businesses by 5x   19 businesses   100 businesses
 Increase number of green jobs (as measured by tax credit) by 10x 25 jobs 250 jobs

Governance and Engagement

Indicator    2020    2030 Target   
  Community-led climate equity projects and programs   --   $1,000,000 funded