The 2017 Sustainability Survey By the Numbers

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The 2017 Sustainability Survey By the Numbers 100% of employees in the Executive's Office, Economic Development, Communications and the Family Justice Center consider Sustainability in their work. 95% of Pierce County employees receive and utilize free parking at work. 94% of employees know that we have dramatically cleaned up our Wood Smoke problem. 94% of employees know that most stormwater is untreated before it enters local streams, lakes or Puget Sound. 92% of Pierce County employees consider sustainability in their job. 92% know LED light bulbs are the best for long lasting energy efficiency 88% would like to have a water bottle filler available at their work location. 83% of employees are concerned about Climate Change and already have or will make changes to their lifestyle. 81% read the Sustainability…
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The 2017 Sustainability Survey is Coming…Are You Ready?

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Employees that consider sustainability in their work save the county money, limit waste and protect human and environmental health. Once a year we gather as departments to show what we know but also to allow employees to provide insight into how we can solve sustainability challenges. The Sustainability 2020 plan calls for important changes over the coming years and making sure employees are up to date in training is critical to meeting the goals of the plan. The Sustainability Survey will take place from October 16 - October 27th. If you have not received sustainability training and would like to before the survey here are some options. Sustainability Training consists of: An overview of the 2016 Annual Report  a review of Electric Vehicles and Green Driver Training Sustainability training is available at…
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Which Electric Vehicle is Right For You?

Electric Vehicles
Did you know there are 35 electric vehicles currently for sale in the United States. The days when it was a Leaf or an expensive Tesla are gone. In fact companies like Volvo are going exclusively with electric vehicles starting as soon as 2019. So given the fact that EV's save you real money and dramatically reduce your carbon footprint which one is right for you? Saturday September 9th from 11am-3pm is your chance to see over 20 different electric cars and motorcycles all in one place. Steilacoom is hosting the National Drive Electric Car Show with over 50 EV's signed up to attend. I asked former Pierce County Council member and current State Representative Dick Muri why he is hosting this event. 1) What can we expect at the…
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How Are Pierce County Salmon Really Doing in 2017?

Salmon, Water Quality
I come from a salmon fishing family. Dating back to my great grandparents on both sides of my family are people that enjoyed going salmon fishing in the northwest. Now that my kids are 8 and 10 it's time to get them out on Puget Sound salmon fishing this summer. While it may seem unsustainable to some, fishing is a strong part of our culture in Puget Sound. People who fish largely care about the well being of fish and tend to understand the need for improved habitat and better water quality. Simply put without Tribes and fishing interests there would be a lot less interest in the health and wellness of salmon in Puget Sound. But how are salmon doing in Pierce County? I asked 8 local experts from Tribes, local…
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Why Local Jobs Are Critical to a Sustainable Pierce County

Jobs and Sustainability, Pierce County Jobs and Sustainability
Pierce County is growing fast and that news comes with mixed emotions for many people in this community. We have watched as King County has struggled with growth challenges like affordable housing, traffic, and increased pressure on natural areas. This same sort of growth is coming to Pierce County and how we prepare for that change will largely determine the sustainability of Pierce County into the future.  Pierce County has a Jobs Problem  Roughly 40% of our non-miltary working residents travel out of the county every day to go to work. It is why you can sit on I-5 for up to 2 hours in the morning to get to Seattle and why many of the park and rides are full by 6 am for the Sounder. I have often said that every job created in Pierce County is…
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February Sustainability Newsletter…Don’t Drip and Drive

February Sustainability Newsletter…Don’t Drip and Drive

Water Quality
            Ever hear someone talk about how the roads are slippery because it hasn't rained in a while? We all understand that cars and trucks leak oil because we see it on the ground every time it rains. Every year, more than 7 million quarts of motor oil drips out of vehicles onto streets and parking lots and makes its way to lakes, rivers, streams and Puget Sound. Most of this toxic pollution comes from small drips from cars and trucks.    [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_oU5mn4yfE[/embedyt]   To get your free vehicle inspection visit www.fixcarleaks.org and find Pierce County shops in Bonney Lake, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner, Spanaway, Tacoma and University Place that are offering free visual inspections for vehicle leaks in 2017. Clover Park Technical College is offering free leak workshops here.…
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