Speak Up to Protect Tacoma from Big Oil Tomorrow!

It’s time for another round of Tideflats Interim Regulations public meetings, and after being plunged into smokiness for nearly two weeks, the need for stronger regulations that limit fossil fuel growth is even more urgent.

The first (virtual) public hearing that will decide if the current regulations will be renewed or amended is Tuesday September 29th at 5:00pm!

We need your voice to ask Tacoma City Council to pass stronger regulations that safeguard the health and well being of our communities and environment! We are in a climate emergency, which means we cannot let polluting industry expand!

Call into the meeting by dialing: 253-215-8782
Call into the meeting on your phone or computer using Zoom: www.zoom.us/j/89027150863
Meeting ID: 890 2715 0863

To send a pre-written comment letter click HERE. It is super easy, and takes less than 5 minutes!

Join Us for Orca Recovery Day!

In 2018, the world watched as Tahlequah, a Southern Resident Killer Whale, carried her dead calf for 17 days, travelling almost 1,000 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast before letting go.* In response to Tahlequah’s image of grief and the increasing need to help our orcas, Washington conservation districts created Orca Recovery Day, an intentional day of action to restore habitat, reduce stormwater pollution, and educate the public about things they can do everyday to help one of the most iconic species of the Pacific Northwest.

There is strength in numbers. With all of us working together, there’s still time to save our orcas. Orca Recovery Day is October 17th and this year Pierce Conservation District is launching an EcoChallenge to help people take daily action to support Orca recovery in a COVID-19 safe manner. Click here to learn about all the different volunteer opportunities, including CHB’s Storm Drain Marking activity.

*Tahlequah gave birth to a healthy baby boy in early September 

Welcome Katherine Randklev, Climate Action Coordinator

Katherine joins CHB in our partnership with the  City of Tacoma to engage our diverse community in the City’s Climate Justice Action Planning work to update Tacoma’s sustainability goals. A former developer of utility-scale renewable energy projects, Katherine is a champion of green energy and brings skills in project management, community education, and advocacy to the role.

Originally from the Midwest, Katherine is very connected with nature and the water and spent as much time as she could outside (climbing trees, swimming and saving butterflies). Travel and time in nature, volunteering on organic farms, and her love for the beautiful Pacific Northwest continues to fuel Katherine’s passion for environmental justice and sustainability.

Katherine is pursuing a Master in Public Administration with a Public Policy concentration at The Evergreen State College in the inaugural Tacoma cohort. Katherine is passionate about creating equitable and sustainable policies and analyzing needs and impacts for underrepresented groups. An active student leader, Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies, Spanish and Communication from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Outside of the office, you’ll find Katherine exploring at the water with her dog Bernie, working on new homeowner projects, or woodworking.

Stand for Our Sound Goes Virtual November 14

Stand for our Sound 2020 marks CHB’s 30 year commitment to good science, strategic action and organizational excellence; and a conviction that together we can accomplish more. We are privileged to welcome Executive Director of Pierce Conservation District and former City Council Member, Ryan Mello as the honorary chair of Stand for our Sound. Our campaign will include important video messages from a few special guests and culminate in a call to action video release on Saturday November 14th.

Please save the date for this important campaign and stay tuned for the announcement of our guest speakers!

For information on becoming a sponsor for this event please contact Katy Stone at kstone@healthybay.org