The Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability works to develop, promote, and implement sustainable practices through education, community partnerships, and performance management.
OEPS was officially established in 2008. Visit our Accomplishments page to learn more about our work or look through our green resources to start making sustainable changes in your home.
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.
Sustainability Speaker Series
Interested in a sustainability presentation for your group or organization? We can come to you and present on several topics including our office, wasted food, electric vehicles and more. Learn more or send us an email to schedule one today!
The Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability is proud to be located at the Center for Urban Waters. CUW is a LEED® Platinum-certified building on the east side of the Thea Foss Waterway, across from downtown Tacoma. For general sustainability inquiries, OEPS can be contacted by email or phone at (253) 591-5172.