TacomaACTS is looking for a part time (currently un-paid) intern

TacomaACTS is a sustainability initiative facilitated by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.  The program, currently finishing its pilot year, engages businesses who are using a Carbon Footprint Calculator to measure their environmental impact. TacomaACTS also engages the community through educational outreach, technical services, and advocacy to grow a sustainable economy in Pierce County. An intern is needed for 10-15/week for 3-6 months. The position will be unpaid and located in downtown Tacoma at the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber.

Intern tasks include but are not limited to:

–          Assist businesses on their carbon footprint and recommendation reports

–          Help coordinate educational/outreach series

–          Format and publish the TacomaACTS Alliance newsletter for electronic distribution

–          Update TacomaACTS website with research, news, events and resources.

The successful applicant will be professional, creative, dependable, and have a genuine interest in sustainable development and the role of businesses. The applicant will also have the ability to perform in a work environment with intermittent supervision.  Experience in WordPress and Microsoft Excel is preferred. This intern position is currently un-paid.

What you can get from this position:

–          Experience on applying the triple bottom line to businesses in Pierce County.

–          Networking opportunities

–          How to use a carbon footprint calculator

–          Desk with computer, phone, and a flexible working schedule

Please send your resume, cover letter and a short writing/project sample to the below contact by Oct 10, 2010. Email is preferred.

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

Attn: Stephanie Gowing

PO Box 1933

Tacoma, WA 98503



News from the Bike Coop!

Hello everyone,

Just thought I’d send out a quick email introducing myself.  I’m Mary Stang, I’ll be a junior at PLU this year and I will be managing the bike co-op!  I’m really excited and it’s great to see we have so many people interested in the co-op (that being said, if you are on the list and wish to be removed, please just send me an email and I’ll take you off, no worries).  We have some really cool events coming up.  The first is on Sept. 7.  We will have a table at the interest fair, so if anyone has time and would like to volunteer, that would be awesome.  This is a great way to kick off the year and really promote the co-op.  The big event as most of you know is the Lute Loop for Bikes on Sept. 24th.  This is the most recent description I have of the day’s events:
Fri., 9/24/10, 4-6pm: Lute Loop for Bikes: The LuteFit committee is organizing this awesome event in Red Square involving registration starting at 4pm (pre-registration online is helpful for us so we can get a sense of how many are coming: the website is: http://www.plu.edu/lutefit/LuteLoop-for-Bikes/home.php). The event will feature two group bike rides (a shorter one leaving around 4:15 and a longer one leaving when the shorter one gets back 4:30-4:45ish). Many different bike-related organizations from on and off-campus will be present in Red Square tabling during that time, including the LuteFit Committee, Outdoor Rec, the Bike Co-op, the PLU Bike Team, Pierce Transit (demonstrating how to load bikes onto a bus), a bike mechanic, GREAN club, KCCR with music, Andrew Reyna and Davis Burge as DJ/s/Emcees/raffle announcers, and possibly other groups such as Central Pierce Fire and Rescue (selling helmets). There will be food available and prizes to be raffled, as well as LuteLoop t-shirts with a super cool logo designed by Karly Siroky. The idea is that the organizations arrive at around 4pm and set up at tables or however they need to as the bikers do the loop, so that they will be set up in Red Square with information ready as the bike group arrives there.
I’ll be sure to keep you all updated through email and also the website http://www.plu.edu/sustainability/Campus%20Groups/Bike-Co-Op.php; and the facebook page (both of which will be updated shortly).
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas, etc!

Mary Stang

Green Tacoma Project Associate Job Announcement



Green Tacoma Project Associate

Reports to: Green Cities Program Director

Location: Tacoma, WA
Position Type:
Class III, Full-Time, Hourly
$15 per hour, D.O.E.

Qualifications: 1+ year experience in habitat restoration in an urban setting. Experience in developing and leading trainings and education programs related to habitat restoration and stewardship.


  • Employer sponsored medical, dental and vision insurance,
  • Enrollment in Life, AD&D and Short & Long Term Disability Insurance;
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • 120 hours of accrued paid time off (PTO) and 10 paid holidays annually;
  • 401K benefits after 6 months employment.
  • Subsidized public transportation passes (ORCA


Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC) is a leading edge regional nonprofit land conservation organization, with offices in Pierce, King, Mason, Snohomish and Kittitas counties in Washington State.  It also engages in estuary and near shore conservation and stewardship in other coastal counties.  CLC’s is heading the Cascade Agenda – an innovative program to conserve our region’s major landscapes in tandem with the creation of vibrant cities.

Summary of Position
Cascade Land Conservancy conserves lands and waters throughout the region, from urban natural areas to remote wildlands, to help maintain healthy ecosystems and contribute to creating great human communities. The Green Tacoma Project Associate assists with the partnership between Cascade Land Conservancy, the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, and numerous other organizations and individuals, to restore urban forested parklands and natural areas while developing long-term community stewardship of these lands.

The Green Tacoma Project Associate is primarily responsible for assisting in the coordination and implementation of the Green Tacoma Partnership program. Specifically, s/he is responsible for  coordinating with volunteers and partners, preparing materials for and implementing public outreach events, researching and educating partners in urban forest and natural areas restoration and management techniques, and helping the public-private partnerships run smoothly. The ideal candidate has experience in applied urban forestry or urban natural area management, successful implementation of community-based stewardship, and environmental education; excellent oral and written communication skills; and a commitment to the vision and goals of Cascade Land Conservancy.

Specific Duties:1.    Serve as a staff member in the implementation of Green Tacoma Partnership.

o    Train partner staff and community volunteers in restoration best management practices.

o    Assist in developing Habitat Steward training materials and hosting training sessions on restoration best management practices, volunteer management, and more.

o    Help Habitat Stewards develop individual management site plans.

o    Develop, update, and trouble-shoot tracking mechanisms for restoration work including volunteers and acreage enrolled in the program.

o    Guide targeted outreach to environmental, stewardship, and civil volunteering communities, and maintain up-to-date printed and digital outreach materials.

2.    Assist with public outreach including: press events, fundraising events, and Green City partnerships presentations to stakeholder groups, media, partners, and more.

3.    Manage web-based inquiries regarding the Green Tacoma Partnership.

4.    Assist the Green Tacoma Project Manager with additional tasks, as needed.

Required Qualifications:1.    Degree in urban forestry, restoration, natural resources, ecology or related field.

2.    1+ year of experience in implementing field-based restoration projects.

3.    Experience designing and implementing environmentally-focused education material for people of all ages.

4.    Knowledge of Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems.

5.    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

6.    Service–oriented with a positive attitude. Courteous, personable and flexible; able to deal effectively and sensitively with a wide range of people.

7.    Commitment to working effectively as a contributing member of the team.

8.    Ability to organize diverse and multiple activities, set priorities, and remain flexible under pressure.

9.    Must be able to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends.

10.    Ability to work under physically demanding conditions, including cold and wet weather.

11.    Ability to lift 50 lbs. and operate hand and power tools and other mechanical equipment.

12.    Valid, insurable drivers license/record.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2010

To ApplySend cover letter and resume to:

Cascade Land Conservancy

615 2nd Ave., Suite 600

Seattle, WA 98104

Fax 206-577-9956

ATTN:  Operations Director

Or email:  jobs@cascadeland.org
Cascade Land Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CLC actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and vision of the organization.

New Lighting in Harstad

One of our big summer projects, and also a long term project across campus is to upgrade the lighting in multiple buildings across campus with brighter, more energy efficient lighting.  Our first opportunity was to re-lamp Harstad residential hall.  As it currently stands, Harstad contains 780 fluorescent lamps, all of which would be retrofitted with improved fixtures. The current lighting system in the hall contains a Magnetic Ballast and T12 lamps.  Combined, the current system produces 34 watts per or a total of 26,520 watts.
The new retrofit calls for a complete rework of the entire system. The new system will be comprised of Electronic ballasts and T8 size lamps which produce a total of 20 watts per system, or a total of 15,600 watts. All in all, our total wattage saved will be 14 watts per system or a total of 10,920 watts.
If these lights are being used just 12 hours a day (and it is surely more than that), that’s 131 kWh a day.  That’s $2,343.65 a year in electric savings!  This kind of savings is the equivalent of taking 3 homes off the grid.

Next on the list: Memorial Gym, and Stuen & Hong Halls.