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City of Tacoma Nursery


In 2010 the City of Tacoma set a goal of 30% canopy cover by the year 2030.  In support of this goal, the Environmental Services Department is leading by example by planting trees in areas of need throughout Tacoma.  In 2013 the Open Space program joined the Environmental Services Department and brought with it many natural areas that are being actively restored.  All of these green infrastructure programs require significant amounts of plant materials to support them.


The City of Tacoma Landfill Plant Storage Area is a facility where plant materials can be:

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The Bowman House

The Bowman Family showcases energy efficiency with a solar array on the roof (installed by South Sound Solar) and a ductless heat system. In addition, the family grows their own food and raises chickens which provide fresh eggs and fertilizer for the garden. The Bowman Family wants to share with the community their journey to live a more healthy sustainable life and that this journey is not as difficult or overwhelming as people believe it is. This doesn't happen all at once, it is a journey of joy and self-discovery. 

Address: 4328 Fawcett Ave. Tacoma, WA 98418

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Feast Arts Center

Address: 1402 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405

Feast Arts Center a place to gather together, to take classes, to make art and to be part of a community. The guiding concept at Feast is the belief that community involvement enriches the personal experience, that personal experience informs art making, and that art-making strengthens communities. 

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Tree Sustainable Decor

Address: 2416 S C St, Tacoma, WA 98402

In 2005, TREE planted its roots in Hong Kong, with a vision to bring together contemporary design and traditional handcraftsmanship and create timeless furniture made to last lifetimes.  From the seed of an idea, TREE has budded into a one-stop destination for sustainable style, offering naturally beautiful eco-chic furnishings and finishing touches lovingly made “from the heart”.

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Alma Mater - Arts and Community Space

Address: 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Alma Mater just opened in 2018 at the site of the former Carpenters Building, a 23,000 square foot complex built in 1954. This building had been unused and in poor condition until it was redesigned into a community arts center with a cafe and lounge, art gallery, music venue, and artist work/education spaces.

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LeMay - America's Car Museum

Come see electric and alternative fuel vehicles from the past and present on display ACM’s lobby.  Receive a $5 off coupon for Museum admission and visit the new Powering the Future Learning Lab. Tacoma Power and Museum volunteers will greet you outside the Museum to share information on electric vehicles and our partnership to add EV charging at the Museum this summer.

The Museum displays, preserves and interprets vehicles and artifacts to promote America's automotive heritage. Our new learning lab, Powering the Future, encourages visitors and students to consider sustainable fuel choices for our future. The Museum has partnered with Tacoma Power to install energy efficient lighting, reducing our energy costs while creating sustainable practices for the Museum. South Sound Green Tour visitors can look forward to seeing alternative fuel and electric vehicles on display and much more!

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Second Use Building Materials

All materials sold at Second Use are reclaimed from sites that are being remodeled. This diverts waste from the landfill and has significant environmental benefits. Salvage saves money and materials resold are often significantly less expensive than buying new. Come see how fun and exciting architectural salvage can be! 

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Looking for Volunteers for Tacoma South Sound Green Tour

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is recruiting volunteers (ages 18+) to be Greeters for a three hour shift at the May 20th South Sound Green Tour. 
What do volunteers do? 
Greeters are the face of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild for the day.  The homeowner(s), contractors and vendors will also be present. Your role as a Greeter is to make guests feel welcome and answer questions if you can.  A second, vital role is to track attendance and ensure that everyone coming into the venue has signed a waiver as part of their ticket acquisition. The waiver is essential to protect the site and the Guild from liability.  Detailed instructions and materials will be provided.
Greeters give the following:
  • Attendance at a (strongly encouraged) training and networking event on May 17 (dinner provided!). 
  • Volunteers are invited to meet site hosts and tour organizers at Tacoma Green Drinks on May 3 at 6pm at Peaks and Pints.
  • Three hours of their time on May 20, 2018.  The tour is 11 am-5 pm and there are 2 shifts  per day. The first shift is from 10:45 – 2:00pm and the second shift is from 1:45 – 5:00pm.
  • Greeters are welcome to sign up for both shifts and volunteer the whole day (10:45 – 5:00pm)
Greeters get the following: 
  • The satisfaction of knowing that Tour participants may make a lifestyle shift due to your enthusiasm, 
  • Exposure to the membership and leadership of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, a source of ideas, networking, jobs and,
  • An awesome, fun volunteer appreciation after party following the Tour! 
If you’d like to be a Greeter, or if you have questions, please send an email with your contact information and preferred shift time to Michelle Brownell at [email protected] 

Second Cycle

 Second Cycle supports, educates, and advocates for cyclists, new and   experienced, in the Hilltop and surrounding Tacoma community. Second   Cycle provides community work space, bicycle maintenance classes,   literature, youth bike programming, and repair service, as well as new and used bicycle components. Bicycles are one of the most environmentally forms of transportation available. Second Cycle further reduces environmental impacts by selling used bicycle parts and used bicycles which keeps materials out of the landfill. 

Address: 1205 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405

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Brett Marlo - Tiny House

Tiny homes offer a unique, environmentally friendly housing option! Come tour a tiny house and learn more! 

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Whitefield Family Home

The Whitefield Family has a strong appreciation for the environment and natural based, health-conscious living. The Whitefield Family truly enjoys recycling materials, growing food, and being able to share the veggie and fruit harvests, eggs and honey with their neighbors and friends. Maybe their story can inspire you to make an effort to "green" your own home

Address: 6910 N. 24th Street, Tacoma WA 98406

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Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center is home to SAMI high school students. The unique location within Point Defiance Park allows students to be fully immersed in the science and math concepts they are being taught in the classroom. When not used by students provides space for Point Defiance Zoo community events. The zoo will have special animal guests present for the Tour! 

Address: 5715 animal road, Tacoma, WA 98407

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