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Seats Available: Wasted Food Workshop May 21, 10:30 AM

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7 Seats Available for Wasted Food Workshop

Join the Challenge, Get a Toolkit, Reduce Waste

Advance registration required

or call (253) 573-2426

Food: Too Good to Waste – Join the Challenge

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 AM

Wasted food is a growing environmental issue in the U.S. and worldwide.
Join the challenge to do your part in reducing wasted food:
  > Learn how to keep your food and money from going to waste
  > Get a free toolkit for reducing wasted food in your home
  > Find out the facts on the costs and impacts of wasting food
  > All challenge participants will be entered into a gift card drawing!


Location:  City of Tacoma EnviroHouse
Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center (former Landfill)
3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma 98409 (off Center Street)
Directions on website:


Workshops open to Tacoma & Pierce County residents.
City of Tacoma EnviroHouse
Public Hours: Wed.-Fri.: 10-5; Sat.-Sun.: 11-5

Meaningful Movies Tacoma Presents: NO IMPACT MAN

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Meaningful Movies Tacoma Presents:


When Colin Beavan (aka “No Impact Man”) and his family decided to try living for a year in New York City without doing any harm to the environment (the “No Impact Experiment”), it attracted worldwide media attention. Why all the fuss? Because the Beavans traded their old habits for more environmentally-friendly ones – and figured out that doing so actually made their lives happier, healthier, and more abundant. People started talking about these discoveries, and thousands have tried their own No Impact Experiment.

Turn off your TV. Stop shopping. Eat a carrot. Get on a bike. Put a moratorium on litter. And join us for an action-oriented screening of No Impact Man.

When?  Friday April 15th 7:00pm

Where? Center 4 Spiritual Living

  206 North J. St. Tacoma WA

  (Located on Division and J St. across from Group Health)

Let’s come together and use this film to spark discussion about how we can live better by living lighter.

Thank you to the sponsors of this event!

Tacoma Solid Waste and the Tacoma Food Co-op / Central CO-OP

Youth Bird Drawing Contest extended to April 30

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April Sustainability Newsletter….April is Sustainability Month!

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Several Pierce County projects in $50 billion Sound Transit plan

Think Seattle apartment rents are rising fast? Check out what’s going on in Tacoma

JBLM Compost Restoring South Sound Prairies and Aiding Endangered Species


What Weighs 27,000 Pounds and is Cleaner than a Prius?

Ocean salmon fishing closure mulled for this summer

Trees Deal With Climate Change Better Than Expected



Save money and cut your carbon footprint by a third or better by making your next car an electric vehicle. I have leased two electric vehicles now and will never go back to a gas car.

There are now 1,254 EV’s in Pierce County and the numbers keep growing. If you are interested in EV’s or have one send me an email and join the Pierce County EV Club for news and regular updates.   


The car century was a mistake. It’s time to move on.

There Is No Such Thing as a Green Product

The Anti-Packaging Movement


Pierce County students smoke out what’s behind indoor air pollution

What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say

Environmental Factors Like Pollution Cause a Quarter of Deaths, W.H.O. Says


April Events Rock Your Ride Challenge  Bike 253Tacoma Earth Day Events  Proctor and Puyallup Farmers Markets Opening

April 6th Walk Tacoma Kick Off

April 7th Opening Day 5K

April 16th Frontier Park Yard Sale

April 30th 8th Annual Tacoma Bike Swap

Tacoma Bike Swap Volunteers Needed

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Calling Volunteers!

8th Annual City of Tacoma Bike Swap

Saturday April 30th – University of Puget Sound in Tacoma

The Tacoma Bike Swap is the largest bicycle-related event in the South Sound region. Community members will gather to buy, sell and trade new and used bicycles, along with accessories like helmets, bells and trailers. Local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and bicycling experts will be on hand to answer questions about bike equipment, maintenance, routes and safety.

We need your help to make this event happen!

As a token of our appreciation, each volunteer will receive a free food voucher to use at one of the food trucks during the event.

Volunteers are needed for the following:


8 am-10 am    (2 hour shift) 4 volunteers needed

·         Set up for the event


9:30 am-12:00 pm    (2.5 hour shift) 8 volunteers needed

·        Bicycle check in/check out at Bike Corral

·        Facilitate the bicycle rodeo activity

·        Monitor recycling stations

·        General assistance

·        Take photos


12:00 pm-2:30 pm    (2.5 hour shift) 8 volunteers needed

·         Bicycle check in/check out at Bike Corral

·         Facilitate bicycle rodeo activity

·         Monitor recycling stations

·         General assistance

·         Take photos

2:00 pm-3:30 pm    (1.5 hour shift) 3 volunteers needed

·         Clean up after event

To REGISTER as a volunteer visit:

If you have any questions, please email

RSVP for the Bike Swap on Facebook:

Rachel Carson Forum – Communicating Environmental Justice, 4/21, The Evergreen State College

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The Master of Environmental Studies Association student group is hosting its 27th Annual Rachel Carson Forum at The Evergreen State College in Olympia on the evening of April 21. This year’s Theme is “Communicating Environmental Justice” with Zarna Joshi, co-founder, Women of Color Speak Out; Aiko Schaefer, Lecturer, University of Washington and Coordinator of Front and Centered; and Christy Hoff, Health Policy Advisor, Washington Department of Health and member of the Governor’s Panel on Health Disparities.


Date & Time:
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 5:30-9:00pm
(5:30pm-6:15pm – environmental organization fair; 6:30pm-9:00pm – speakers)

The Evergreen State College Recital Hall in Olympia, WA

Free and open to the public. Parking $2.


Facebook Event:

Gail Wootan, M.Ed.
Assistant Director, Graduate Program on the Environment
The Evergreen State College
Lab 1, Room 3022
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505

T: 360.867.6225
F: 360.867.5430

5 seats open – Solar Power Workshop 4/16/16

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5 seats still available

Advance Registration required

or call (253) 573-2426


Solar Power: How it can work for you
Saturday, April 16, 10:30 AM

Join Brad Burkhartzmeyer, owner of Sun’s Eye Solar Power, to
learn the basics of solar power and how it can work for you.

Ø  What solar can produce in the Tacoma region

Ø  How solar power works

Ø  Advantages, locating, types of panels

Ø  Site and structure considerations

Ø  State and Federal tax credits and incentives

Location:  City of Tacoma EnviroHouse
Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center (former Landfill)

3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma 98409 (off Center Street)

Directions on website:


Schedule is subject to change
Workshops open to Tacoma & Pierce County residents

City of Tacoma EnviroHouse
Public Hours: Wed.-Fri.: 10-3; Sat.-Sun.: 11-5

Public Invited to Review Gypsy Moth Environmental Documents

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Comments due March 30 for seven proposed eradication projects

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are now accepting public comments on a proposed plan to eradicate introductions of gypsy moth at seven sites in Western Washington totaling more than 10,000 acres.

When a proposed treatment is being considered, state and federal laws require two environmental documents assessing the impact of the treatment on the environment. These documents must then be made available to the public for review and comment. The first of these documents, a draft environmental assessment prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is now available for review.

Visit WSDA’s gypsy moth web page at to review the document. Copies of the NEPA documents may also be viewed at the following libraries:

  • Washington State Library, Point Plaza East, 6880 Capital Blvd., Olympia
  • Vancouver Public Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver
  • Kent Library, 212 2nd Ave. N., Kent
  • Seattle Public Library (Capitol Hill Branch) 425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle
  • Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey
  • Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E, Fife
  • Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor

The second document, prepared in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), will be available for review at the same libraries and on WSDA’s website beginning March 16. Comments on both documents are due March 30.

The gypsy moth is the most destructive forest pest ever introduced in the United States and can also affect urban landscapes where the caterpillars feed on host trees, plants and shrubs. Gypsy moth has defoliated millions of acres of trees across states in the Northeast and Midwest.

This past summer, 42 gypsy moths were trapped – 32 European gypsy moths and 10 Asian gypsy moths. If the gypsy moth eradication project is approved, treatments will likely begin in April at all locations where Asian gypsy moths were caught and one site in Seattle where 22 European gypsy moths were caught. Three to five applications of a biological insecticide approved for use on organic food crops would be applied during aerial operations in the early morning, each four to 10 days apart.

For more information on the proposed project, background on gypsy moth or to sign up for notifications prior to any treatments, visit the website or call the WSDA toll-free hotline at 1-800-443-6684.