2021 for 2021
A Growing Opportunity for TrackTown
The IAAF World Track and Field Championships are coming to Eugene in 2021. The City of Eugene is looking to offset carbon emissions produced from the event itself, associated tourist activity and city preparations. By planting 2,021 giant sequoia trees, the City will bolster green infrastructure and turn hosting this event into a sustainable opportunity.
Eugene could see a minimum of 241,000 visitors over the 10-day event.
The giant sequoia will make the city more attractive, livable and prosperous. Trees will be sited in areas where they won’t compete with existing natural systems. They will be planted in public areas such as parks and street medians, as well as in private areas like schools, homes and local businesses. Planting will begin in the Spring of 2018.
The Olympic Trials held at Hayward in 2016 is estimated to have produced
35,223,214 lbs of CO2
With 2,021 trees after 65 years, we expect to sequester
40,000,000+ lbs of CO2
Giant sequoias will require less maintenance from the City because they are resistant to drought, wind, flooding, fire, and damage. Additionally, this species is especially efficient at carbon sequestration - the capturing of carbon from the environment. Compared to the average medium tree as defined by the EPA, over ten years a giant sequoia is 184% more effective at CO2 sequestration.
A tree can be a wonderful addition to almost any setting - beautifying the view, providing environmental resilience, and improving land value. However, it is important that careful consideration is taken in choosing where to place trees.
By choosing the right tree for the right place we can help give safety to occupants of Eugene, both human and arboreal. The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space staff is committed to ensuring we follow “Right Tree, Right Place” mantra as our community undertakes this project, to see that 2021 for 2021 has lasting success.
Trees are needed most in areas where:
- They will provide cooling shade for buildings and pavement, reducing energy demand
- They will enhance Eugene's welcome corridors to provide a more friendly arrival to visitors from around the world
- They can reduce large mowing surfaces such as large fields
- They will not interfere with healthy native habitats
When choosing a planting site:
- Prepare for at least 20-foot radius growth space from homes, utility lines and sidewalks
- Be mindful of permanent shade created by dense foliage of adult evergreen
- Giant sequoia are suitable for most sites, but another tree may be a better fit based on soil type, sun exposure, and existing habitat
Help us get to 2021! Think you have a perfect place to plant a sequoia starter? Contribute a photo, location, and details about your site to the Parks and Open Space staff. The data you create will be used as part of an effort to track vegetative health and site conditions to help us increase tree survival rates.
Providing for Future Generations
What we plant today will be enjoyed, respected, and relied upon by those in our community decades from now. These trees will become legacies in our community and will help commemorate the event, as well as reduce our carbon footprint.