Sustainable Tacoma

This month The University of Puget Sound has a fantastic line-up of events, lectures focusing on sustainabilty.  On February 21, UPS hosted a sustainability expo. featuring earth friendly community groups, vendors and more.  If you missed the event, I have highlighted some of the participants bellow.  I was reassusring to see that we live among people who are passionate about making possitive changes in the environment.  Whether you are considering volunteering in a community group, making changes on your home front, or becoming more informed of your options, please check out the links bellow.

This was a family outing for us.  While the kids loved having the opportunity to “drive” the city bus and collect tattoos,  it was hard to stop at all of the booths.  I am certain that I missed out on some great information.  Here is a very short list of who was there, please leave a comment or email me with any of the “holes” that you can fill.

People For Puget Sound

We’re a citizens’ group established in 1991 by Kathy Fletcher to protect and restore the health of our land and waters through education and action. Our members, partners and volunteers are located throughout the Puget Sound basin. Our staff works out of offices in SeattleOlympia and Mount Vernon and our board of directors represents the communities we work in. 

Do you live in the South Sound?

Wet Wednesdays and South Sound Saturdays Restoration 

Want to get muddy, work hard and feel good? Dan Grosboll will have you whacking weeds, planting native species and mulching to your heart’s content.  He’ll provide the tools, training and snacks.

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • For details and directions: Dan Grosboll

 Tacoma-Pierce County BUILT GREEN

For a list of members visit

Parent Organization
Master Builders Association of Pierce County

Area Served
Pierce County – unincorporated areas and 23 cities within the County

To work in partnership to create safer, healthier and more efficient homes, reduce impacts of construction and development, and improve and protect the valuable community and natural resources of Tacoma and Pierce County. We will achieve this by:

Using a voluntary, market-driven approach

Delivering a credible standard for home construction that reflects the Master Builders Association’s commitment to building better communities through environmental responsibility

Providing information and education to enhance the capacity of our design and building professionals to employ effective technologies, products, and practices to achieve the standard

Actively promoting the features and benefits of these practices to homebuyers, making BUILT GREEN™ the preferred consumer standard.

E-Cycle Washington is a new program that provides responsible recycling of computers, monitors and TVs in our state. As of January 2009, electronics manufacturers in Washington will take responsibility for recycling these products.

Recycling is provided free of charge to households, small businesses, school districts, small governments and charities at authorized collection sites.

 Tacoma Power

From the fish in the streams to the kids in our schools – environmental stewardship is an important part of what we do at Tacoma Power.

Learn about our:

Formerly Pioneer organics, Spud is an online grocer that focuses on local and organic products.  The website makes it easy to research the food that you are buying and the farms and companies that produce them.  Anything that is produced in the NW is marked “local” and there are links to all of the company web pages.  Though the prices are more then conventional non-organics, I found them to be competitive with Marlene’s and often better the Metropolitan Market.  I just placed my first order and was really excited about the prospect of shopping for the bulk of my groceries online.  Delivery is free on orders over $35 orders. There is, however, a deposit on delivery bins (somewhere around $8, I think).  save $25 spread over the first 3 orders by using the promo code Local 9.

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