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2030 Climate Action Plan

                                                   Climate Action Planning

 

The Tacoma City Council passed Resolution No. 40509  in December 2019, declaring a climate emergency in Tacoma, and affirming Council’s support of initiatives that mitigate impacts. As we plan for our collective climate future, the City of Tacoma needs to hear from more voices and consider the impacts to historically underrepresented, underserved, vulnerable communities, and from those expected to experience the most immediate consequences of climate change. Centering the voices of these frontline communities to guide the priorities and investments of the City, Tacoma's new plan will take action for climate change and environmental justice.

 

Climate Work

The 2030 Tacoma Climate Action Plan is Now Available

With this Plan, Tacoma will take action for healthy, affordable housing; clean, reliable transportation; protections for public health; and green, good-paying jobs. It is designed to direct City funding, investments, and work over the next nine years to improve our communities and environment.


See City leadership’s statement on the Plan: Letter from the Mayor and Letter from the City Manager & Tacoma Public Utilities Director.

 

The Plan:

Latest Updates (as of December 2021)

The Climate Action Plan has been adopted as of the November 30th City Council Consideration. This Plan charts Tacoma’s path towards net zero GHG emissions by 2050. Our city has much to gain by implementing its Climate Plan, including more than $4 billion in potential net savings, decreased vulnerability to climate disasters and impacts, attracting innovation and new businesses interested in taking part in the transition to a green economy, and more. Most of all, this Plan puts Tacoma’s community members at its center, focusing on how the City’s climate action efforts and investments can also help to improve the health and quality of life of Tacomans.

  • City Council Consideration and City Council Study Session Presentation: The plan went to City Council for Consideration on November 30. Review the City Council Study Session Presentation that took place on November 9. 
  • Public Comment Letters on the DraftSee what our stakeholder groups and organizations have to say about the Tacoma 2030 Climate Action Plan: Planning Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Sustainable Tacoma Commission, Transportation Choices Coalition, Downtown on the GoCitizens Climate Lobby of TacomaCitizens for a Healthy Bay and Environmental Justice Leaders Workgroup (EJLW).
  • Phase 3 Community Engagement Report: Read about how we engaged with community members during Phase 3 of climate action planning, what we heard, who we heard from, and what we've learned, as the final draft is delivered to Tacoma City Council for Plan adoption consideration.
  • Phase 2 Community Engagement Report: Read about how we engaged with community members to receive feedback on draft long-term climate action strategies and near-term actions during Phase 2, what we heard, who we heard from, and what we've learned for the next draft of the climate action plan.
  • Phase 1 Community Engagement Report: Read about how we engaged with community members during Phase 1 of climate action planning, who we heard from, what we heard from the community about sustainability priorities, barriers, and concerns, and what we have learned for Phase 2 planning.  
  • Climate Action Plan AmbassadorsOver 30 community Ambassadors received community engagement and climate change impacts training during Phase 1 (September 2020 - January 2021). Several Ambassadors were able to return during Phase 2 (June-August 2021) to help gather detailed feedback on draft climate action strategies and actions. Many Ambassadors creatively gathered community input from their friends, neighbors, and families using interviews, surveys, and visioning activities. This information is being synthesized to help the City prioritize actions and funding that support our most vulnerable communities.
  • Environmental Justice (EJ) Leaders Workgroup: 10 inspiring Environmental Justice Leaders are meeting monthly between now and October 2021 to ensure that equity and environmental justice is centered in City plans and policies. With the help of the community priorities collected by the Climate Action Plan Ambassadors, we expect that the EJ Leaders Workgroup will shape strategies and actions for climate justice.
  • Modeling Carbon Pollution: The 2019 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report was compiled with consultants and stakeholders to establish a) a baseline of how much and where our greenhouse gas emissions are coming from, and b) what our emissions are likely to look like over the next 30 years if we as a community and nation continue “business as usual” activities. Based on carbon pollution modeling and community input, our expert consultants are continuing to develop emission reduction scenarios to take us from "business as usual" to net zero carbon emission by 2050, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Past City Climate Action Efforts

  

2016 Environmental Action Plan

The 2016 Environmental Action Plan (EAP) charts the course for taking action at both the City and community level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet the climate goals laid out in the 2008 Climate Action Plan. The EAP is a list of meaningful, high-priority actions that the City of Tacoma and our community will take between 2016 and 2020 to meet the environmental goals outlined in the Tacoma 2025 Strategic Plan.

 

2008 Climate Action Plan

In 2008, Tacoma's Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted to establish carbon reduction goals and strategies for the City and community. The highest priority recommendations identified by the Task Force included creating an Office of Sustainability and the Sustainable Tacoma Commission. Both were enacted in spring of 2009.


Plan Overview

What purpose will the plan serve?

The planning process was about centering frontline involvement, honoring their contributions, and getting to an equitable plan. Implementation of the Plan is how we actually deliver benefits to our community.

To best implement this Plan, we need to spend our time and resources on designing policies, programs, and projects with an equity lens and that address multiple community priorities. Our Plan’s actions strive not only to reduce greenhouse gas pollution but also improve community health, safety, housing, transportation, green living wage jobs, and access to other essential services. Since climate change interacts with every part of our lives and community, we must work at these intersections.  

With an ambitious and intersectional plan, we need to partner – regionally, nationally, and internationally – with trusted community leaders, prioritize actions in neighborhoods that have been made most vulnerable, and build community capacity and access to decision-making. Within and beyond city limits, we will rely on community, public, nonprofit, and private partners to share information and expertise, offer funding and other resources, and deliver services that make our communities better off. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities are valued role models and collaborators as we improve our stewardship and seek this new path for our communities. 

 

Section 2 lists dozens of partner organizations we plan to work with on climate actions. 

What is the climate planning process?

 

Phase Actions  Timeline 
Phase 1

Understanding Community Priorities

  • Collect baseline data
  • Model carbon pollution emissions
September 2020- January 2021
Phase 2

Strategy and Action Planning

  • Identify technical opportunities and community benefits
February - July 2021

Phase 3

 

 

 

Plan Release and Adoption

  • Center equity in Plan
  • Deliver ambitious and achievable draft Plan
August - November 2021

Implementation 

Plan Adoption and Implementation

  • Hold ourselves accountable
  • Track progress and 2030 Indicator Targets
November 2021 - Present

 

 

 

Why is this plan important?

From climate impacts, to environmental justice, to health and economic crises – we need to prioritize actions that reduce negative impacts and increase positive opportunities for all our communities, especially those made most vulnerable. Resolution No. 40509 declaring a climate emergency in Tacoma, directed the City of Tacoma to engage and collaborate with community members and those most burdened by environmental impacts through new partnerships as we update City plans and policies. Working with the EJ Leaders Workgroup and Climate Action Ambassadors helps us achieve this goal and create a more inclusive and robust plan. The updated plan that results from this process, to be adopted by Tacoma City Council in late 2021, will direct funding and actions to help you and our community.

Who is included in the planning process?

Throughout the climate action planning process, the City of Tacoma will prioritize voices from frontline communities, including communities of color, youth and young adults, and other historically underrepresented, underserved, or vulnerable groups. Input will also be encouraged from all community members who live, work, or play in Tacoma.

 

In order to understand which groups we are reaching and to better ensure equitable outcomes for the community, we are asking participants in the climate action planning process for their demographic information. While not required to provide, demographic information is an important tool for the City to understand whose voices we are hearing and which groups are still underrepresented in our planning process so that we can adjust our engagement and outreach strategies as we go.