City of Tacoma
United States

Population: 202308
Area of jurisdiction: 129.71 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 80% by 2050 (1990) n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: 15% by 2020 50% by 2015
Energy efficiency target: n/a 30% by 2015 (2005)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2012 ):  3,277 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Public Participation through the Green River Task Force
In 2007, twenty-five members were appointed to the Green RibbonTask Force by the Tacoma City Council. The members were selected to represent a wide cross section of the community. The diverse set of interests included; business and trade advocates; environmental advocates; government agencies; higher education; and the health community. Tacoma’s Green Ribbon Task Force was assigned the responsibility of producing the City of Tacoma Climate Action Plan (CAP), ensuring the growth of the community’s capacity to achieve sustainable development. For over a year, the Task Force reviewed climate action plans from numerous cities, as well as state and regional efforts in order to identify and develop unique strategies for the community. The Task Force recognized the importance of enlisting an engaged urban citizenry willing to actively participate in strategies aimed at reducing human impacts on the environment. The Task Force welcomed and encouraged public input on their proposed strategies, They held a series of public meetings with over 60 participants, outlining their recommendations. In addition, the Task Force implemented an on-line survey, providing an alternative opportunity for participation and comment with residents who were unable to attend the public meetings. Start year 2007
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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2010 CAP Progress Report
In 2008, Tacoma adopted a Climate Action Plan developed by community members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the quality of life for its citizens. The CAP was implemented in order to address climate change and its negative effects – drinking water shortages, costly infrastructure upgrades, sea level rise in Commencement Bay and harmful ecosystem effects. The plan identifies key goals, long-range strategies, and a two-year action plan to reduce carbon emissions. This report summarizes Tacoma’s progress to curb emissions,save money and improve our city from reducing city fuel use to growing community gardens. Start year 2008
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Petroleum Fuel use reduction initiative
Since 2010, the City of Tacoma has reduced petroleum fuel use by our fleet by over 8%, or 285,000 gallons. This reduced emissions by over 2,768 tons of CO2 and saved the City $944,000. Start year 2010
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Downtown on the Go
Downtown On the Go is It is a program steered by a board of directors representing 20 downtown businesses, organizations, and agencies committed to leveraging their resources and relationships to reduce the downtown drive alone rate by 11% by 2015. Thus increasing the existing downtown transit mode split from 6.5% (2009) to 11% (2015). Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Community energy and GHG reduction program
Tacoma Power more than doubled the Tacoma Climate Action Plan’s 2010 goal by conserving 13.3 annual megawatts of energy in Tacoma’s homes and businesses – enough energy to power 11,625 homes for a year. These savings kept nearly 42,000 tons of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere.In 2009–2010, Tacoma Power invested $22 million in cost-effective energy savings for customers. Tacoma Power helped residents with rebates for energy-efficient bulbs, home weatherization (insulation and windows), and energy-efficient appliances. Business and industrial investments save energy in lighting, heating and cooling, and compressed air equipment. Energy audits at more than 50 municipal facilities found ways to save energy through retrofits that will pay for themselves over time. Start year 2008
Sector Buildings
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Tacoma Sustainability Facebook Page
In an effort to reach the broader community, the Office of Sustainability has developed the Tacoma Sustainability Facebook page. The page is used as a tool to inform citizens about local events and programs which support a vision of sustainability. We are networking with other organizations through facebook in order to draw a larger connected audience. It is our hope through this type of internet networking that we will engage the community in both conversation and physical interactions around environmentalism, socail equity and community economic stability. Start year 2012
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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6th Annual 2013 South Sound Sustainability Expo
This is the 6th annual public event intended to provide residents and business owners in the greater Tacoma metropolitan area a place to discover services, products, companies, and agencies in our region that address sustainability needs in our community. Expo participants will learn about a variety of local goods and services, including: transportation alternatives, green construction, energy conservation, waste minimization and recycling, alternative energy sources, global climate change initiatives, and how to be economically efficient while being sustainable. There will be no charge for public attendance. Start year 2008
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Salishan, a HOPE VI project
Winner – Tacoma, WA and Tacoma Housing Authority The city of Tacoma has incorporated sustainability throughout its comprehensive plan ensuring that sustainable policies and business practices are considered when making all departmental decisions. Salishan, a HOPE VI project developed by the Tacoma Housing Authority, has been recognized as a best-in-class example of the successful completion of a sustainable community. On the site of a former WWII housing project, the new housing development is compact, affordable, accessible to transit, schools, jobs and bike trails and contains a community health center, community garden and a playground. The project meets recognized environmental standards and boasts green and efficient building and maintenance practices saving residents up to 30% on their energy bills. Start year 2000
Sector Buildings
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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2010 Sustainable Tacoma Grants
The Sustainable Tacoma Commission evaluates grant applications. The City Council-appointed citizen commission is charged with overseeing the successful implementation of the Climate Action Plan and encouraging citizens to do their part. 1. Arcadia Montessori School, Composting and Recycling, $800 2. CASTINGS and McCarver Elementary Peace Makers, Zina Linnik Park Project, $2,000 3. First Creek Neighbors, Puyallup Tribe Community Garden, $2,000 4. Friends of Julia’s Gulch, Trail Plan, $2,500 5. Green Tacoma Partnership/Cascade Land Conservancy, Planting Project, $3,000 6. Jason Lee Middle School, Operation Green School, $5,000 7. Washington-Hoyt Elementary School PTA , Lunch Waste Composting, $870 8. Lyon Elementary School, Raised Garden Beds, $2,937.90 9. Mt. Tahoma High School, Lunchtime Waste Reduction, $2,500 10. Point Defiance Elementary School, Polar Bears Go Green, $1,620 11. Point Defiance Zoological Society, No-Idle Public Awareness Campaign, $3,962 12. Stadium High School & Downtown: On the Go!, Stadium High School Bike Club, $4,000 13. Tacoma Community College Foundation, Recycling Educational Campaign, $1,500 14. Tacoma School of the Arts Partners, Stewart School & Community Garden, $5,000 15. Transportation Choices Coalition, Tacoma on the Move, $5,000 16. University of Washington Tacoma, Energy Reduction in UWT Science Building, $3,994 Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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Wapato Lake Sustainability Project
Between now and summer 2013, residents of the Wapato Lake neighborhood will receive one-on-one assistance in making their homes healthier and more efficient. This helps residents save money and helps protect the neighborhood’s environment. How will this work? Residents will inform the City about what they are interested in, and what they want to know more about and the City will share all the resources it has available. Over the next couple months, project staff will be visiting door-to-door to ask what services and information you need. Please welcome them, so they can help you save money and be healthier. Later on, we’ll offer workshops on the topics you tell us you want to learn about. Start year 2012
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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2011 Sustainable Tacoma Grants
The Sustainable Tacoma Grant offers up to $5,000 through the City of Tacoma’s Office of Sustainability to any nonprofit or educational institution planning a project related to sustainable development and climate change mitigation. Start year 2012
Sector Other Emissions
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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2011SustainabilityAccomplishments
In 2011, the City of Tacoma made significant progress toward accomplishing the goals set out in the 2008 Climate Action Plan. This report highlights a few of the most exciting successes and improvements, and provides a condensed annual survey of all sustainable projects. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Life Cycle City Resolution 38188
Resolution 381 represents the City's support of life-cycle assessments and analysis. The goal is to incorporate this approach to relevant legislation and management decisions. Leading by example in adopting these principles encourages public and private entities within the city to do the same. Start year 2011
Sector Waste
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Municipal Green Building Resolution 38249
Resolution 38249 Directs City staff to develop a municipal green building policy for existing and new buildings, to exceed The Washington Energy Code by 5%. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Sustainabiliy Vision and Definition Resolution
Resolution 38247 defines sustainability to include consideration of environmental, economic, social and cultural values in decision making processes. The City recognizes the value of cultural contributions such as the arts, innovation, heritage, recreation, to the quality of life for its citizens. Moreover, the protection and preservation of local and regional ecological quality is vital to the economic, socail and cultural well-being of the community. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Sustainable Purchasing Resolution 38248
Resolution 38248 directs City staff to develop a sustainable procurement policy that includes instructions for considering life-cycle assessment. With our Sustainable Purchasing Policy, we are leveraging our $400-$450 million annual spend to ensure that supplies and services are purchased in a manner that reduce environmental impacts and promote fiscal responsibility, and social equity.impacts of purchasing choices. Start year 2012
Sector Waste
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Tacoma Climate Turnaround
Climate Conversations, a three part series, is designed to provoke thought, inform, and engage the public in an exchange of ideas, around preparing for local climate vulnerabilities. The Conversations, development of local documentary video, and neighborhood discussion groups are intended to expand and deepen participation in climate change policies and actions. Objectives include: allow people multiple ways to comment and join the conversation; inform our community Tacoma’s vulnerabilities to climate changes; engage policy makers about these issues, providing a forum to hear suggestions and concerns from their constituents; and be a springboard for further resiliency planning development. Start year 2013
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Looking for Funding
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