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Human activities are rapidly increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and are causing our climate to change. The City of Tacoma’s unique and treasured natural assets, our built environment, and our people are experiencing and are increasingly vulnerable to damage being done to our climate. Tacoma’s vulnerabilities include increasing temperatures and heat waves, changes in sea level and surface water, declining snowpack, heavier rain storms, changing stream flow, and more.


It is important for the City Tacoma to both understand and then act when it comes to climate change. The City has set aggressive carbon pollution reduction targets and is tracking progress on priority environmental actions. But we also need to prepare for and become more resilient to the increasing local threats of the damage to our climate. Explore the topics below to learn more.


Climate Risk Assessment

A study conducted in 2016 to understand Tacoma’s climate vulnerabilities, and to help the City become more resilient in the face of climate changes.


Environmental Action Plan

The 2016 Environmental Action Plan charts the course for taking action on both the City and community level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet the climate goals laid out in the 2008 Climate Action Plan.


Greenhouse Gas Inventory

An inventory of our City and community greenhouse gas emissions is done every few years to monitor the sources of our emissions and to better understand the effectiveness of the actions we are taking to reduce emissions.