I received this wonderful news via email this morning, and I thought I would pass it along.  If you know of any and all sustainability projects that could use a little nudge in Tacoma, check this out!

Dear Sustainability Advocate,

I am a member of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission, a citizen commission appointed by the Tacoma City Council to bring citizen accountability, transparency and vigilance to the long-term implementation of Tacoma’s Climate Action Plan. With the City’s Sustainability Manager, we are looking for ways to advocate for the development, exchange and practice of sustainable ideas and actions. To this effect, the Commission, through the City of Tacoma Office of Sustainability, is looking to collaborate with other organizations and agencies to educate and engage citizens through events, materials, and campaigns.

If you are thinking about or planning any sustainability related activities and would like to coordinate, please contact me or the Office of Sustainability sustainability@cityoftacoma.org We can support sponsorship opportunities in the form of fiscal assistance (monetary or material goods), media coverage through our website calendar and listserve or in-kind services. We are also excited about the possibility of working with community members to jointly plan and develop sustainability events.

You can find more information on Tacoma’s Office of Sustainability website, http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid=14609


Jane Moore

Jane A Moore, MD

Executive Director

Washington Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity




City of Tacoma Office of Sustainability is hiring!

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Sustainability is seeking to hire two part-time interns (one grad student and one undergrad student) to provide support to the City of Tacoma’s Sustainability Managers, Green Team, and subcommittees through research and development of sustainability policies, guidelines, and practices. Assist the city in achieving its sustainability goals and implement the 2008 Climate Action Plan strategies.

General tasks of these two part-time positions (15-19) hours week for 6 months) include:

  • Assist in the research and subsequent development of Sustainable Purchasing Policy…

For more info – click here

Full Circle Farm

McGregor’s Discount Natural & Organic Foods (8431 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98444; Phone: (253) 267-5497; Fax (253) 267-5518; e-mail: rrmcgregor4@msn.com) is now a drop off site for Full Circle Farm (http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/index.html), a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Seattle. McGregor’s is located on Pacific Ave. and 84th St., an easy 5 minute drive  or 10-15 minute bike ride for PLU students. On the Full Circle Farm website, you can sign up for weekly or every other week produce delivery options. They’re flexible as well- call them up if you can’t eat quite enough food for every other week, and they’ll only deliver it every third week or whatever you need. A standard order size (a box of produce) costs $31, and a family order size (a larger box of produce) costs $40. Orders are delivered to McGregor’s every Tuesday. Full Circle Farms delivers produce to McGregor’s throughout the year, so you can eat local, organic, good-for-the-earth, good-for-you food throughout the year, especially if you’re an off-campus student going to PLU, and don’t use PLU’s meal plan.

Here’s an ad for Full Circle Farms I was given: “Live the Good Food Life. Celebrate. Grow. Organic. Friends. Local. Nature. Heritage. Healthy. Share. Value. Community. Family. Artisan. Farm. Gather. Cook. Fresh. Flavor. Delicious. Enjoy. Feast. Fresh and Delicious: The Full Circle program is a direct connection to farm fresh food. We grow and source the highest quality organic fruits and vegetables and partner with local artisan food producers. Count on the best in quality and taste every time! Live the Good Food Life. Regular Full Circle delivery is made to your home or a convenient community pick-up site. Orders are hand selected with care, and produce quality is backed with a guarantee to meet your standards. Give Full Circle a Try! Fully customizable orders. Flexible order sizes and frequency. Easy online account management. And peace of mind in supporting local sustainable food production! Learn More and Sign-Up: FullCircleFarm.com; 866.EAT.WELL. For $15 off your first order, use code: PIERCE2010.”

If you don’t mind more of a commute and a more serious commitment, there are several other CSA’s in the Tacoma area, including Terry’s Berries (http://www.terrysberries.com/) and Zestful Gardens (http://www.zestfulgardens.org/index.html).

If you live off campus, don’t forget to get a composting bin from Wendy Robbins at Dining Services! And instead of delivering the compost to the UC (which you can still do if you want to), PLU’s community garden is looking for more compost, so empty your bins there! There are work parties at the community garden throughout the summer on Saturdays from noon to 2pm.

Also, PLU is helping put on Fresh Fridays in the parking lot across from Reyna’s restaurant on Garfield street every Friday from 3-6pm, selling plant starters (depending on the week, may include tomatoes, squash, lettuce, bell peppers, etc.), as well as beautiful flowers and other plants for your garden.

Don’t forget to check out the PLU fruit festival (http://www.plu.edu/~summer/calendar-schedule/important-dates.html). Their next event is the strawberry festival this Wednesday at Red Square from 11:30am to 1pm. The Fort Lewis Army Rock Band will be performing.

Yaay for local, organic food! Yaay for the earth!

Upcoming Bike Events

This Thursday evening (June 17th), Tacoma Bike has free events in the afternoon and evening, including a roadside bike repair class from 6 to 7:30pm. (http://www.tacomabike.com/events/)

Also, on Sunday, June 27th from 7:30am to 2:30pm, Pierce County Parks and Rec is putting on a group bike ride around Pierce County called “Tour de Pierce.” Here’s the website: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/services/recreate/tourdprc.htm. There’s a 12-mile route, 30-mile loop, and 50-mile course. It’s $12 per person, or $35 per family of four. Wearing CPSC approved helmets is required.

Finally, every Tuesday at 7pm, the Flagship REI store in Seattle offers free basic bike maintenance classes. Here’s the website: http://www.rei.com/stores/11. Check out the websites of the various REI stores for more information about upcoming events.

Great Job Opportunity!

Pierce County Office of Sustainability
Job Title: Sustainability Graduate Intern
Pay: $12.00 per hour
Hours: 16 ‐ 20 hours per week
Location: Tacoma WA
Closing date: June 3rd 2010 or until filled.
Job Description: Provide support to the Pierce County Sustainability Manager and Pierce County’s sustainability mission. Conduct building energy audits and maintain energy portfolio in accordance with the EPA EnergyStar model. For more information about the Energy Star program go to http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=evaluate_performance.bus_portfoliomanager
Duration: 6 months
Required Qualification: Currently enrolled in graduate program in environmental science/studies, public policy, public administration or other related fields.
Required Skills: High level of competency in internet research, proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally, ability to work independently to complete assignments. A thorough understanding of energy usage billing and reconciling usage accounts.
Submit resumes and cover letter to: Pierce County Facilities Management
1102 Broadway, Suite 302
Tacoma, WA 98402
Attention: Ryan Dicks
Or via email to rdicks@co.pierce.wa.us