Erin and Katy here, SURPRISE! Melissa is off on a grand adventure until September so we will be taking care of things while she’s away.
We want to thank everyone who joined us at our Cheers to a Healthy Bay benefit auction. Photos from the event have been uploaded to Facebook so visit our page to see if your table made the album. Judging by some of the outtakes, we think it’s safe to say that everyone had a blast!
Keep reading for updates on our Environmental Justice Camps, what’s next on the Tideflats Subarea Plan and the Tacoma Green New Deal.
Erin & Katy
Erin Dilworth – Deputy Director
Katy Stone – Director of Development
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We cannot say it enough.
CHB’s Cheers to a Healthy Bay benefit auction was a HUGE success and we are thrilled to announce that our generous supporters helped us raise over $170,000!! With over 225 guests attending the live event and more than 275 engaging with our virtual silent auction, Cheers to a Healthy Bay 2022 was our most successful fundraising effort in our organization’s history.
With this support, CHB is poised to be Tacoma’s voice in the fight against climate change, in the fight to keep our waterways safe and healthy, and in the fight to stand up to dirty industry and weak environmental regulations.
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Cheers to a Healthy Bay; mark your calendars for next year’s event on Friday, May 12, 2023!!
Environmental Justice Camp with Native Action Network
On May 14, we were honored to help facilitate an Environmental Justice Camp (EJC) with Native Action Network (NAN). Lead by three women from NAN’s Legacy of Leadership Cohort, native youth were able to enjoy a talk with Puyallup elder Ramona Bennett on tribal history, a ride on our Bay Patrol vessel, a salmon digestion lab, and got to craft their very own medicinal salves made out of native plant species. This EJC bridged native teachings and western science to provide a full day of learning and fun!
Tideflats Subarea Plan Gears Up for Environmental Analysis
Mark your calendars for Wednesday July 13 to join fellow residents, business and property owners, and other interested stakeholders for a Community Scoping Meeting about the Tideflats Subarea Plan. In April, four future scenarios – called “alternatives” – were selected to be studied to determine their environmental and public health impacts. This type of study is called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Each alternative lays out different visions for the Tideflats Subarea Plan, including how we prioritize habitat restoration, where housing should go, and what types of industries should be in the Tideflats – to name a few. During Scoping for the EIS, anyone who is interested can provide input on what details should be studied under each theme.
As soon as more meeting details become available, we will send them out via our Arising Issues mailing list and through our social media. We’ll also be holding our own community meeting about how to give the most effective input – stay tuned for details!
Funding a Tacoma Green New Deal
When we advance the Tacoma Green New Deal (TGND), we will check off some of the most pressing priorities of the Tacoma Climate Action Plan like, investing in climate resiliency, getting fracked gas out of homes, and reducing toxic stormwater runoff. One of the best ways we can advocate for a TGND is by making sure we fund climate justice initiatives in the City’s 2023-2024 Biennial Budget. It will take roughly $2.5 billion of investments in Tacoma to achieve our climate goals. We have to activate Tacoma City Council to make this deposit for future generations NOW, not later.
That’s why we are hosting a TGND Budget Advocacy workshop on Wednesday, June 29 at 5:30 p.m. Make sure you don’t miss it by subscribing to our Arising Issues mailing list.