The Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability develops, promotes, and implements sustainable practices through education, community partnerships, and performance management.
Tacoma’s Approach to Sustainability
Sustainability is a term that describes taking care of the environment, economy, and community in a way that allows present and future generations to thrive. Sustainability is less a specific outcome than a means to an end; it involves taking the long view and recognizing the integrated nature of the world and that natural resources are finite. A sustainable approach embeds these concepts in day-to-day decisions and aligns interests and actions toward shared community goals.
In Tacoma, we strive to achieve an exceptional quality of life for every generation and leave a legacy of stewardship. We work together to achieve lasting and equitable prosperity; build safe, healthy, vibrant communities; and minimize our negative impacts in order to conserve the natural resources that sustain us.
Citizens Pledge Sustainability
At the 2015 South Sound Sustainability Expo people were asked "How will you create a more sustainable South Sound?" In response, 165 Expo attendees wrote pledges of sustainability. The word art below was created from their commitments.