Sound Status Update – November 2019

As the year transitions into the final season, the season of giving, I have been thinking a lot about how we give time in our lives. A big reason for my thinking about this is that my father passed away last month. He was 62. A few weeks before he passed, I had my fortieth birthday. I am closer to the age at which my father died than I am to the age I was when I graduated high school, and I’m thinking about my time.

None of us know how much time will be in our lives. In his final days, my family gathered and told stories of my dad’s life. We recalled how he spent his time, and the lessons he taught us. Doing this, I think, eased his transition.

I learned things I hadn’t known about my dad in those few days and in the days leading up to his memorial service. One of the things that struck me was that my dad gave his time – so much of his time – to his family. How we spend our time is ultimately the value of our lives. My dad valued his family above everything else, and it was where he spent his time.

None of us know how much time will be in our lives. I am heartbroken that my dad didn’t have more time in his life, but I’m grateful for how he spent the time he did have.

And as I have brought the depth of this experience back to my work at CHB, I am reflecting on how much people in this community give time and resources to a healthier future for Tacoma. Thank you for all you do to make the future brighter for today’s children and grandchildren. Thank you for giving your time reading our newsletters, our emails, our fundraising requests. I am honored and grateful for the time you put into understanding and supporting this work. Thank you for being part of building a healthier future.


Melissa Malott
Executive Director

Interim Regulations Update

On Tuesday, November 12, Tacoma City Council renewed the Tideflats Interim Regulations. Disappointingly, they refused to ban expansions of existing high-risk fossil fuel facilities, even as those facilities are expanding their operations at this very moment.

>> Read our full breakdown of Tacoma City Council’s vote on interim regulations.

Stand for Our Sound Success!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came or supported our Stand for Our Sound fundraiser at the Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. It was an incredible community event that surpassed all our expectations. We are honored and humbled by your support to help us achieve a cleaner and healthier Tacoma, Commencement Bay and Puget Sound.

We are grateful to have teamed up with the Puyallup Tribal Council for a special for a special Life Achievement Award. It was wonderful to be reminded of all the work the Tribe does to protect and restore rivers and salmon habitat. Thank you to our Healthy Bay Hero awardees Russ Ladley, Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young, Bonnie Becker, Raeshawna Ware, and Alexia Henderson. We are still glowing from the cheer of recognizing these incredible people who are doing exceptional work to restore and protect our waters and to inspire future generations of environmental stewards.

We also have more great news! With everything in and tallied, we reached our fundraising goal and raised over $35,000! Your generosity and passion for our work is inspiring and truly impactful; we genuinely appreciate your support. We simply cannot do this work without you.

Kalama Methanol Plant Delayed

On November 22, the Washington Department of Ecology rightfully deemed the greenhouse gas emissions report for the $2 billion methanol refinery in Kalama, WA to be incomplete and inadequate because the report “did not adequately assess its greenhouse gas emissions and contributions to climate change.”

This flawed report was created by the same consulting company, using the same methods, to review the climate impacts of the Tacoma LNG facility. We applaud Ecology for deciding to complete their own climate impact report on the Kalama Refinery, and hope that the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will follow in their footsteps.

Read the full story here.

Climate Story of the Month

Climate change: Greenhouse gas concentrations again break records

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the increase in CO2 was just above the average rise recorded over the last decade. Levels of other warming gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, have also surged by above average amounts.

The report measured concentrations of warming gases in the atmosphere rather than just fossil fuel emissions, which is an important and often overlooked distinction. When tackling climate change, we must consider not only the amount of gases we emit into the air, but also the current amount of gases currently in the air.

Read the full story here.

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