Partners in Education

The City of Eugene invests in our community by partnering with local education institutions, nonprofits, and community groups to promote waste prevention and resource conservation for residents of all ages. The following organizations listed below receive City funding to provide services to Eugene residents.

Highlights from 2018-19 include: 


Waste Prevention and Composting Education Grants

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Eugene 4J and Bethel School District Support

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School Garden Project of Lane County

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  • School Garden Project Opens a New Window.  (SGP) instructed 921 K-5th graders for a total of 8,530 hours of garden-based STEM instruction in thirteen schools in Bethel and 4J. Additionally, 106 students from 6 schools participated in 107 after-school STEM sessions through the 4J BEST program, totaling 874 hours.
  • Utilized 19.25 cubic yards of Love Food Not Waste compost in school gardens in 2018-19 thanks to partnership with Rexius.
  • View a video of SGP’s work through this link Opens a New Window. .
  • Final report (PDF download) can be accessed here.

University of Oregon $CORE Program 

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  • In partnership with City of Eugene and EWEB, the 9 trained $CORE Program Student Energy Educators from the UO School of Architecture performed energy assessments on 152 homes and provided home energy reports to tenants and property owners.
  • $CORE assessed property owners completed 9 energy efficiency projects representing a total of $43,337 invested. Since assessments for the program began in January of 2017, a a total of $147,824 in energy efficiency improvements have been made, saving tenants 18,226 kWh per year.
  • View a report on the energy assessment work performed by $CORE here.

OSU Extension Services

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  • Did you know that over 52% of Eugene households backyard compost?
  • OSU Extension in Lane Countyprovides free compost demonstrations for community members at a variety of sites in Eugene.
  • View their demonstration schedule (downloadable PDF) to learn how to get your own compost system up and running!
  • Learn more about composting in Lane County from this video.