The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the City of Tacoma $200,000 in grant funds. The funds will go towards developing and training an environmental workforce in Tacoma, through a project that’s already in progress.

“The environmental field is a growing sector in Tacoma,” Mayor Victoria Woodards stated. “I am proud of the success we have had in building a program that equips community members with the valuable training they need to open doors to lifelong, living wage careers.”

The city plans to partner with community organizations to help train employees who have overcome adversity. Goals for the workforce training include training 54 students and placing a minimum of 39 graduates in environmental jobs.

Training will include:

  • 216 hours of instruction in 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
  • First aid/CPR
  • 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety
  • Underground storage tanks/leaking underground storage tanks
  • Confined space entry
  • Asbestos work
  • Forklift operation
  • Scissor lift operation
  • Chemical safety awareness
  • Remediation technology

Program participants will earn six total certifications, three from the state, and three federal.

For more information on the City’s Local Employment and Apprenticeship Training Program, go here, or contact Program Manager Clifford Armstrong III at or (253) 591-5826.