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Climate

Human activities are rapidly increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, causing our climate to change. These changes are felt globally, nationally, and here at home, threatening Tacoma’s unique and treasured natural systems, our built environment, and the health and safety of our communities. Tacoma’s vulnerabilities include increasing temperatures, susceptibility to wildfire smoke, rising sea levels, declining snowpack, heavier rain storms, changing stream flow, and more.

 

The City of Tacoma has set aggressive carbon pollution reduction targets and is tracking progress on priority environmental actions. Explore the topics below to learn more.

 

In December 2019, City Council approved Resolution No. 40509, declaring a climate emergency in Tacoma, and affirming Council’s support of initiatives that mitigate impacts.

 

Environmental Action Plan

The 2016 Environmental Action Plan charts the course for taking action at both the City and community level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet the climate goals laid out in the 2008 Climate Action Plan.

 

Climate Risk Assessment

A study conducted in 2016 to understand Tacoma’s climate vulnerabilities, and to help the City become more resilient in the face of climate changes.

 

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

An inventory of our City and community greenhouse gas emissions is conducted every few years to monitor the sources of our emissions and to better understand the effectiveness of the actions we are taking to reduce emissions.