Grants Database

Communities for a Healthy Bay
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Project Title:
Leveraging Research, Advocacy, and Community to Combat Industrial Pollution in Commencement Bay
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2022
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Climate Change & Energy ; Land Management/Urban Sprawl/Open Space
South Puget Sound
Pierce County
Project Description:

CHB is continuing our research and organizing work to ensure that land use policy and decisions in Tacoma are forward-thinking and prepare Tacoma to transition away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels and other heavy polluting industry. With help from the Rose Foundation, CHB was instrumental in the passage of a moratorium on heavy, polluting industry in the Tacoma Tideflats that is permanent until the adoption of the Tideflats Subarea Plan (TSP). Now we must focus on what is next. Recognizing that we will be most successful in reducing harmful emissions and discharges from heavy industry if we work holistically throughout the community, not just in Tacoma’s Tideflats, we are broadening our scope to include city-wide initiatives. So, we will be tackling two policies that will work together in Tacoma’s transition to becoming a hub for renewable fuels, innovative technologies that bring safe, good-paying jobs, and regulations that will limit polluting industrial discharges and emissions: the TSP and the Tacoma Green New Deal (TGND).
CHB will be a leading organizer and supporter of the TGND, a comprehensive policy that consists of three pillars: Environmental Justice for All; Just Transition Off of Fossil Fuels; and Good Green Jobs. The momentum for this project has already been started by a diverse coalition of volunteer community groups and leaders, and given CHB’s policy, technical, and organizing assets, and paid staff capacity, it is time for us to engage in and support this effort to ensure the policy platform is adopted by City Council.
The TSP provides a venue for proactive visioning for the Tacoma Tideflats. The TSP will establish a long-term vision for the Tacoma Tideflats. CHB’s leadership as a member of the TPS Stakeholder Advisory Committee will generate long-term policies that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, incentivize green stormwater infrastructure, promote public transit, and enhance the creation and protection of natural areas.