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 most fertile soil in the 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 830,000 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 15% 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. If it is safe to do so, turn off your car.

  6. 6. Look for rebates when replacing appliances

    6. Look for rebates when replacing appliances

    Look for utility rebates on light bulbs when it's time to replace your old appliances. Save 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-operate electric vehicles will win the future.

  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 Pierce County have worked hard to reduce wood smoke to improve human health.

  10. 10. Get outside and explore local parks

    10. Get outside and explore local parks

    The summer is a great time to get out and enjoy nature in Pierce County!