Sustainability Job Posting

The Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability at the City of Tacoma is looking for an AmeriCorps member to serve as Sustainability and Active Transportation Assistant from September 2014 through July 2015.


The City of Tacoma Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability works to connect Tacoma residents with information and resources to make their daily lives more sustainable, whether its connecting them with a nearby community garden, hosting environmental study groups, or incentivizing walking or bicycling for transportation. The office is also responsible for making sure that the City of Tacoma, as an organization, is as sustainable and resource-efficient as it can be. 


The Sustainability and Active Transportation Assistant will work directly with the Sustainability Manager and Active Transportation Coordinator to implement strategies of reducing resource consumption, engage in community outreach and staff education, and  increase environmental awareness and positive behavior change.


  • Coordinate the 2015 South Sound Sustainability Expo, where the community can connect with organizations and individuals working to promote environmental sustainability
  • Coordinate with volunteers to conduct annual bicycle and pedestrian count
  • Assist the Active Transportation Coordinator in organizing Bike Month events
  • Assist the Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator in developing and implementing walking and bicycling programming
  • Develop policies to promote sustainable practices
  • Support internal sustainable practices by tracking municipal energy/fuel use and identifying reduction strategies
  • Increase public awareness of sustainability issues and resources through outreach
  • Network with other regional and local organizations to learn best practices and collaborate on joint projects
  • Track progress and develop annual reports on specific sustainability and environmental measures
  • Manage website and social media campaigns



  • Age 18 to 25
  • College graduate
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of and passion for environmental issues
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Availability for occasional evenings and weekends



  • Knowledge of Tacoma area and community
  • Experience in event planning
  • Some experience biking and walking for transportation



  • Monthly stipend of $1,155
  • Education award of $5,645 upon completion of service
  • Subsidized childcare
  • Health coverage
  • Training
  • ORCA transit pass
  • Use of City fleet vehicles (car, van, bicycle) for work purposes



Apply via the AmeriCorps website at


Registration Open for Parkland Permaculture Course

Announcing the opening of registration for the Parkland Permaculture Course, August 3rd-15th, 2014! 
Sustainability at PLU means developing a deeper understanding of the scopes of our environmental impacts and attempting to understand how to accommodate the needs of the people, the planet, and prosperity for all.  Permaculture is one lens with which to view some of these issues.Permaculture is defined as “design systems for sustainable human habitat: food, water, shelter, and energy”. The course will take an indepth look at how these systems interact and give participants a set of tools for designing and implementing sustainable practices in their lives and beyond.

Full cost registration is a sliding scale of $700-900 which includes catered lunches. Some scholarships are available for those in financial need, see the registration form for more details. Additionally, due to the broad support received for this course, Divine Earth Gardening Project is able to offer Parkland residents, PLU students, alumni, staff, faculty, and administrators subsidized admission to the course for only $50 but there are a limited number of these potions available so register soon!

This is a 72hr intensive permaculture design course, students will be in class from 9am-5pm and there will be some outside of class home study / home work required.  Upon completion of the course students will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) from Divine Earth Gardening Project.

The attached poster has registration information and links to the full course syllabi. Or you can Register Here!
Please share this email far and wide and register soon as we have limited space available!
Course sponsors include: ASPLU, PLU Green Fund, and Diving Earth Gardening Project
Site sponsors include: PLU Sustainability Office, Pierce Conservation Districts Green Partnership Fund, and the Chambers-Clover Watershed Council.