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Climate Justice Ambassadors

Climate Justice

Help Plan Tacoma's Climate Future 

Tacoma needs to hear from diverse voices as the City plans for its climate future and Tacoma City Council considers approving a new Climate Justice Plan to be developed over the next year.


Climate Justice Ambassadors will help document community stories, priorities, ideas, worries, needs, and opinions and share them with Citizens for a Healthy Bay - a local non-profit that has partnered with the City of Tacoma and who is supporting this engagement effort. Community input recorded and delivered by the Ambassadors will directly guide actions and priorities in the City of Tacoma's Climate Justice Plan.


Applications Due September 13, 2020


For questions or assistance completing the application, please contact Marquis Mason with Citizens for a Healthy Bay at mmason@healthybay.org or (360) 936-0236.


Engagement Overview

With your help, Tacoma can center the voices of frontline communities – those that are underrepresented, underserved, or made vulnerable, and expected to experience the first and worst consequences of climate change. The Climate Justice Plan will help guide City priorities, policy, and investments that work toward a just and sustainable future. We understand and value that people know best how to engage with their own communities, and encourage Ambassadors to engage with their communities in their own way.


By submitting this application, you may be eligible for up to $600 in participation stipends across two program periods. All applicants are invited to be Climate Justice Ambassadors upon completing training and engagement activities:

Period 1: September – December 2020 ($300 stipend)

  • Orientation, training, and workshop (5 hours, September - October)
  • Engagement activity implementation (4-7 hours, October - November)
  • Reporting and compensation (1-2 hours, November - December)

Questions? Join Staff for Virtual Community Office Hours to Discuss Roles and Applications

When: 10-11 AM and 4-5 PM on Friday, September 4, Tuesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 10, 2020

Meeting Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/6344848811?pwd=czJ4QlhvckxkMUhrTllLYS9OREpjZz09

Meeting ID: 634-484-8811

Password: 253253

Phone: (253) 208-9046


What does Ambassador engagement look like?

Given current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, engagement activities may be adapted as circumstances change. Guidelines and implementation will be discussed during training and throughout participation.


Engagement opportunities may include:

  • Leading conversations with friends, family, neighbors, and community groups 
  • Creating and helping community members complete written surveys 
  • Organizing relevant volunteer activities 
  • Hosting educational events or experiences (how-to demonstrations, panels and seminars, poetry slams, musical performance, public art installations, comedy shows, etc.) 
  • Organizing an advocacy activity 
  • Organizing a justice-, climate-, or environment-focused project and sharing the results 
    Interviewing members of your social network 
  • Creating flyers, posters, signs, or other creative messages

When does the program start and what is the time commitment?

Virtual orientation will be held for selected Ambassadors, starting in mid-September 2020. Attendance for at least one of the following virtual orientation events is required:

  • Friday, September 25, 3-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 26, 10-11 AM
  • Monday, September 28, 5-6 PM

Total participation during the first program period (September - December 2020) will be an estimated 10 - 15 hours of orientation, training, engagement activities, and reporting. 


Successful Climate Justice Ambassadors will have the opportunity to re-apply and participate in the second program period (January - April 2021).


How do I qualify for a stipend?

All community members are welcomed to participate as Ambassadors, but stipends are prioritized for applicants from frontline communities. Frontline community members include individuals from one or more of the following backgrounds: 

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)  
  • Speak English as a second language 
  • Living with a low household income  
  • Ages 16-26 
  • LGBTQIA+  
  • Living with three or more generations in one home 
  • Living with more than one family in one home 
  • Living with a disability 
  • Immigrant  
  • Experiencing homelessness  
  • Completed formal education up to a high school/GED level 

Applicants with strong connections to community, or excitement about and knowledge/lived experience in local social justice or environmental issues, civic engagement, or activism are strongly encouraged. 

Stipends are conditional based on completion of training and engagement activities.

How much are stipends worth?

Stipends are available on a tiered basis, either $50 or $300 per program period. $300 stipends are reserved for Ambassadors who identify as frontline community members, and $50 stipends are available for Ambassadors from all other communities. Ambassadors will also have the option to decline the stipend if they choose.

Successful Climate Justice Ambassadors will have the opportunity to participate in the program in winter – spring 2021 and earn a second stipend of equal value. 

The City of Tacoma's anti-racist system transformation principles guide this work. Additional information on stipends and the decision to offer stipends on a tiered basis will be provided during Ambassador orientation and training.

What experience do I need to participate?

No experience needed! Everyone is encouraged to apply. While education or lived experience in social justice, environmental issues, civic engagement, or activism may be helpful, it is not required to be considered for the Climate Justice Ambassador Program.

How else can I participate in Tacoma's Climate Justice Planning?

Tacoma community members are also encouraged to apply for the Environmental Justice Leaders (EJL) Work Group!

The EJL Work Group is tasked with providing input to community engagement work and climate justice plan development. 


Applicants can not serve as both a Climate Justice Ambassador and an EJL Work Group member, but everyone is encouraged to apply to both programs. Visit our Climate Justice Planning page to compare both programs and learn which might be best for you.