4/22: Leah Michaelsen, Tacoma Sustainability

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Leah Michaelsen introduces us to the City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability, explains the city’s Climate Emergency Resolution, and celebrates Earth Day!

Interview begins at 7:40.


  • The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has issued updated statewide guidelines concerning grades for public school students.
    • Elementary and middle school will receive report cards as determined by local districts, and all students will move on to the next grade, unless by mutual agreed upon by schools and families.
    • For high school students, no pass/fail-type grades will be given, and students who do not pass may be given “Incompletes” to be made up later. High school transcripts will mark courses that were completed during school closures.
    • The full guidelines can be found online at k12.wa.us.


  • Mount Rainier National Park is celebrating Parks Week through social media while the park is closed to visitors. Today’s theme is “Earth Day,” and tomorrow is “Throwback Thursday.”
  • Info and activities are found on Facebook, Instagram, tumblr, and twitter @MountRainierNPS.


  • Peak season fares start May 1st for Pierce County Ferry.
    • Riders may request refunds for unused non-peak season tickets by going to PierceCountyWa.gov/ferry and clicking on “Buy Tickets” before May 11th.
    • Customers can also call Pierce County Ferries at (253) 588-1950.
  • The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County has an ongoing conference call and webinar series discussing resources for companies and workers impacted by COVID-19. Details are available at EDBtacomapierce.org/COVID-19 or by calling (253) 383-4726.
  • The Pierce County Council has expanded its COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Program. Details can be found at piercecountywa.gov or by calling 253-798-6150.


  • Renters in Tacoma who are struggling to pay rent due to reduced or lost wages from the COVID-19 emergecy can now apply for rent help from the City.
    • Online applications are found at cityoftacoma.org/coronavirus
    • People who need translation services or are unable to access the online link can call (253) 582-5230 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for assistance.
    • Applications will be accepted through May 6, 2020.
    • No information will be shared with ICE about immigration or citizenship status