The Sustainable Tacoma Commission was created by the Tacoma City Council to oversee the implementation of Tacoma's Climate Action Plan and oversee, coordinate, communicate, and encourage public involvement regarding sustainability initiatives.
The commission works with the City's Office of Environmental Policy & Sustainability, which is responsible for implementing the strategies in the Climate Action Plan and measuring Tacoma's progress as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The commission is intended to bring citizen accountability, transparency and vigilance to the long-term implementation of the Climate Action Plan. (See a list of duties below.)
The 11-member commission is intended to have a balanced representation of various stakeholders, including the environmental community, small business, labor, housing, industry and port, transportation, education, the building industry and residents.
Second Tuesday of each month, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market Street, Room 16, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas & Meeting Notes/Minutesare posted on a separate web page.
Commission members serve staggered three-year terms.
- Oversee implementation of Climate Action Plan strategies.
- Coordinate with the Office of Sustainability to obtain greenhouse gas emissions reduction reports.
- Obtain updates from the Office of Sustainability on climate action plan strategy implementation efforts and periodic result reports.
- Provide annual progress reports to the public.
- Communicate barriers to and incentives for implementation to the City Council.
- Create a forum for regular public comment and community involvement.
- Research and make recommendations on sustainability policies and programs.
The Sustainable Tacoma Commission on Climate Change and the Office of Sustainability were created by Resolution 37631, adopted by the Tacoma City Council on October 31, 2008. The Commission's scope was expanded through resolution to include sustainability in it's broadest sense in 2011.