Awards and Recognitions

Eugene is frequently recognized as one of the most livable communities in the United States. The excellence of City employees and programs contributes significantly to our cherished quality of life. See the following list of awards and recognitions earned this year. 

Also see Accountability, Audits and Accreditations for information on accountability measures including reports and evaluations from community review panels and independent third-party organizations, as well as professional accreditations. 

City Programs and Departments

Central Services

Eugene Springfield Fire

  • Above and Beyond Award, Department of Defense

Library, Recreation and Cultural Services

  • Eugene Public Library Named 2020 Star Library with Five Star Designation, Library Journal
    The Five Star rating places Eugene Public Library in the top one percent of public libraries nationwide for excellence in cost-effective delivery of key services.

Planning and Development

  • 2020 Award for Excellence for the Love Food Not Waste program, League of Oregon Cities
    Recognizes progressive and innovative city operations and services

Public Works

  • 2020 Airport of the Year Award (TSA)
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recognized the Eugene Airport as the top airport of its size for its outstanding local leadership, commitment to empowering employees, and efforts to provide a superior traveling experience for the traveling public
  • 2019 100 Best Fleets in the Americas Award
    Recognizes and rewards peak-performing fleet operations in the Americas
  • Award of Excellence in Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects (Oregon Chapter)
    Picture. Plan. Play., Eugene’s Parks and Recreation System Plan
  • Bee City USA, An Initiative of the Xerces Society
    The City of Eugene has earned Bee City USA status since 2018
  • Community Partner Award, Friends of Trees 
    Parks and Open Space, Urban Forestry
  • Planning Award, Oregon Recreation and Park Association
    Picture. Plan. Play., Eugene’s Parks and Recreation System Plan
  • Sustainable Practices Award, American Public Works Association (AWPA)
    Parks and Open Space, Wetland Mitigation Program
  • Tree City USA, The Arbor Day Foundation
    The City of Eugene has earned Tree City USA status since 1979

City People

  • Eric Cariaga, Parks and Open Space Technical Specialist, received the Everyday Hero Award from the American Public Works Association
  • Travis Hargitt, Parking Operations Supervisor, was named International Parking & Mobility Institutes Supervisor of the Year
  • Sergeant Matt Lowen, Eugene Police Department, was honored with the Oregon Police Officers Association’s Medal of Honor
  • Detective Chris Mackey, Eugene Police Department, was named a Next-Gen Leader, 20 Under 40 Rising Business Star by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lieutenant Carolyn Mason, Eugene Police Department, was named Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year at the Northwest Regional CIT Conference
  • Officer Travis Palki, Eugene Police Department, was honored with the Oregon Police Officers Association’s Medal of Honor
  • Sergeant Chuck Salsbury, Eugene Police Department, was honored as Delta Rotary Officer of the Year
  • Officer Jesse Smith, Eugene Police Department, was honored with the Oregon Police Officers Association’s Life Saving Award

Intergovernmental Award

2019 Outstanding Intergovernmental Team Award, Lane Council of Governments
Awarded to a team of 20 staff members from the City of Eugene and Lane County that worked together to address the emergency needs of unsheltered individuals who were located temporarily at Camp 99. The team successfully established an emergency camp with basic infrastructure in less than 24 hours. At all times, the team showed compassion and respect for each individual. Within the first 48 hours of Camp 99’s establishment, more than 100 people were successfully relocated with assistance from Lane County Public Works employees and equipment – and without any need for citations or arrests. Camp 99 was then again successfully transitioned into the new St. Vincent de Paul Dawn to Dawn program.