Sustainable Tacoma Commission

Apply for Sustainable Tacoma Commission

The City of Tacoma is currently seeking applicants for five positions on the Sustainable Tacoma Commission. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by March 31, 2015. To apply, please visit visit the CBC application page or contact Nicole Emery by phone at (253) 591-5178, email or in person at the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building North, 733 Market Street, Tacoma, WA 98402.


The purpose of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission is to bring citizen accountability, transparency, and vigilance to the long-term implementation of Tacoma's Climate Action Plan, and to oversee, coordinate, communicate, and encourage public involvement regarding sustainability initiatives as are consistent with the City's vision and definition of sustainability.

The Commission provides citizen oversight of the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability and makes recommendations to City Council regarding the City's ongoing sustainability efforts.


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.

Commission members serve staggered three-year terms.  The table below displays the current membership of the Commission.  Terms expire in April of the years indicated.


 Name Term Expiration 

Ken Campbell


Sarah Chessman 2017

Christine Cooley


Phil Coughlan


Nick Cutting


Felicity Devlin


Karen Hamilton


Alyssa Illich


Ellen Moore 2017

Agnes Pate


Holly Williams


Commission Roles

  • Request research and analysis on sustainability issues from sustainability staff.
  • Provide policy, program, and budget recommendations both written and verbal to City Council, through Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee, and other relevant Commissions.
  • Request updates from staff on implementation of City sustainability policies, programs, and results.
  • Communicate barriers and incentives for implementation to City Council.
  • Provide annual progress reports to the public.
  • Oversee, coordinate, communicate, and encourage public involvement regarding sustainability initiatives.
  • Create a forum for regular public comment and community involvement.
  • Develop an annual work plan identifying Commission goals. Items requiring sustainability staff support will be identified and prioritized.


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 in 2011 through Resolution 38247 to include sustainability in its broadest sense.
Time and Day
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Second Tuesday of each month
Tacoma Municipal Building North
733 Market Street
Room 16
Tacoma, WA 98402

All meetings are open to the public.
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