Ten Tips for Sustainable Living in Pierce County

  1. 1. Buy your food locally or grow it yourself

    1. Buy your food locally or grow it yourself

    Pierce County contains some of the richest and fertile soil in state and purchasing local food makes it more likely that our farmers will stay economically strong.

  2. 2. Cars & trucks are expensive and pollute

    2. Cars & trucks are expensive and pollute

    Find out the true costs to vehicle ownership, and learn about some other alternatives.

  3. 3. Protect our rivers, lakes and Puget Sound

    3. Protect our rivers, lakes and Puget Sound

    Over 800,000 people live in Pierce County and our daily actions impact the health of local waterways.

  4. 4. Recycle & Limit Food Waste

    4. Recycle & Limit Food Waste

    Food waste makes up about 30% of our waste. Find out what you can do to fix the problem.

  5. 5. Idling Your Car Wastes Gas

    5. Idling Your Car Wastes Gas

    Modern vehicles don't need to warm up to start.

  6. 6. Look for rebates when replacing appliances

    6. Look for rebates when replacing appliances

    Look for utility rebates when it's time to replace your old appliances. Here is some information to save you time, energy and money at home.

  7. 7. Consider an Electric Vehicle

    7. Consider an Electric Vehicle

    No oil, no air pollution and cheaper to operateā€¦

  8. 8. Buy A Programmable Thermostat

    8. Buy A Programmable Thermostat

    Programmable Thermostats can save you up to 20% on your electricity or natural gas bill if you take the time to set them.

  9. 9. Reduce Wood Smoke

    9. Reduce Wood Smoke

    Tacoma and much of Pierce County is one of only 32 areas in the country that doesn't meet federal health standards for air quality. Wood smoke plays a large part in this pollution problem in our region.

  10. 10. Get outside and explore local parks

    10. Get outside and explore local parks

    Nature Deficit Disorder is a growing problem with families today much less likely to leave the house to go camping or to their local parks.