Go To Search
Click to Home
Find a Department
Ten Tips for Sustainable Living in Pierce County

1. Buy Your Food Locally or Grow it Yourself 

Purchasing local food makes it more likely that our farmers will stay economically strong.
2. Cars and Trucks are Expensive and Pollute

Find out the true costs to vehicle ownership, and learn about some other alternatives.
3. Protect Our Rivers, Lakes and Puget Sound

Green infrastructure can help us solve our water quality problems.
4. Recycle & Limit Food Waste 

Food waste makes up about 40% of our waste, up 30% from 1995. Find out what you can do to fix the problem.
5. Idling Your Car Wastes Lots of Gas 

Modern vehicles only need 30 seconds to warm up.
6. Look for Rebates When Replacing Appliances 

Look for utility rebates when it's time to replace your old appliances.
7. Consider Leasing an Electric Vehicle

Electric Vehicles save you money, have no oil, no air pollution and they operate in the Northwest on clean hydropower.
8. Buy A Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats can save you over $110 on your electricity or natural gas bill every year.
9. Reduce Wood Smoke

Wood smoke accounts for over 50% of our wintertime air pollution.          
10. Get Outside and Explore Local Parks

Consider a "staycation" at one of Pierce County's incredible parks.