Focus on Action

CAP2.0 - Focus on Action

The City of Eugene (COE) and other Eugene Climate Collaborative (ECC) partners have a long record of addressing climate change. This section summarizes ECC partner commitments and shares additional recommendations from the Equity Panel and from research on high impact practices that will reduce emissions.


To provide clarity on the timing and level of community commitment, the information in this section is organized into three categories:


  1. Current Actions
    These are actions the ECC Partners are already doing that will contribute to achieving the Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) goals or help the community prepare for climate change.
  2. Commitments for Future Action
    These are commitments from ECC Partners for actions that will occur over the next 5-10 years.  
  3. Equity Recommendations
    These are recommendations from the CAP2.0 Equity Panel.

*See an our Acronym Guide.


Energy Used in Buildings

Energy used in buildings is the smallest local emissions bucket. Within this bucket, the majority of the emissions from natural gas use; the remainder comes from electrical and other fuel sources. As the number of natural gas customers continues to increase, Northwest Natural is actively exploring ways to reduce emissions from their product with investments in bio-natural gas and conservation. Electricity emissions continue to decrease due to Eugene Water & Electric Board’s (EWEB) conservation efforts and continued supply of clean electricity.


*See an our Acronym Guide.

  1. Current Actions
  2. Future Actions
  3. Equity Recommendations
  • Action B1 
    EWEB has adopted emission reduction goals and serves load growth through conservation
  • Action B2 
    Northwest Natural Smart Energy Program
  • Action B3 
    Advanced metering offered by EWEB
  • Action B4 
    Student and Community Outreach for Renter Efficiency Program (SCORE) in partnership with City of Eugene, EWEB, and University of Oregon. 
  • Action B5 
    Bethel School District school bond building updates and solar panels

Transportation Fuels

Transportation is the second-largest of the local emissions buckets. Transportation fuels emissions are primarily from the local combustion of gasoline and diesel fuels used in vehicles. High impact practices in this bucket include fully implementing the Transportation System Plan and increasing the use of electric vehicles.


*See an our Acronym Guide.

  1. Current Actions
  2. Future Actions
  3. Equity Recommendations
  • Action T1  
    Transportation System Plan (TSP), including investments in active transit and electric vehicle infrastructure  
  • Action T2 
    rEV-Up partnership with EWEB, UO, and COE to increase electric vehicle (EV) use
  • Action T3 
    Safe Routes to Schools program offered at Bethel and 4J School Districts
  • Action T4 
    Lane Transit District (LTD) electrification of bus fleet
  • Action T5 
    PeaceHealth Rides bike share program
  • Action T6 
    State of Oregon Clean Fuels Program
  • Action T7  
    LTD supporting commuting options with low-income, student, and group transit passes, touch pass program, Point2Point program, transit host program, the Get There Challenge, and EmGo—Mobility on Demand, a partnership with EWEB and COE.
  • Action T8 
    EWEB EV charging infrastructure incentives for residential and commercial customers.

Consumption

While the ECC partners have control over local energy and transportation emissions, they have less control over emissions associated with consumption. Despite this, it is important to discuss what actions the community is taking to reduce Eugene’s consumption emissions. These emissions are produced around the world due to the community’s consumption of goods and services like cars, food, fuel, appliances, and clothing, many of which are produced in other states or overseas. These actions address emissions created from producing, using, and disposing of a product.


*See an our Acronym Guide.

  1. Current Actions
  2. Future Actions
  3. Equity Recommendations
  • Action C1 
    Love Food Not Waste commercial and curbside food waste collection program. 
  • Action C2 
    Fix It Fairs help consumers repair goods and instruct participants how to make their own repairs
  • Action C3 
    Green Infrastructure in COE Parks and Open Space allows natural storm water treatment
  • Action C4 
    Lane County Waste Management program provides multiple recycling options 
  • Action C5 
    COE evaluates Capital Improvement Program on the potential emission impacts of each future investment
  • Action C6 
    COE has adopted using warm-mix asphalt, a low-carbon alternative that has become the default asphalt sold in the region.

According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, as household income level goes up, so does per-household emissions. Households earning more than $100,000 a year are responsible for more than two times the emissions of households earning less than $50,000 a year. As household income increases, so do the consumption based emissions.



Acronym Guide

  • ASL: American Sign Language
  • CAP: Climate Action Plan
  • COE: City of Eugene
  • CRO: City of Eugene Climate Recovery Ordinance
  • DEQ: Department of Environmental Quality
  • ECC: Eugene Climate Collaborative
  • EV: Elective Vehicle
  • EWEB: Eugene Water & Electric Board
  • GHG: Greenhouse Gas
  • HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • ICAP: City of Eugene Internal Climate Action Plan
  • LCC: Lane Community College
  • LLS: Large Lever Shareholder (now ECC)
  • LTD: Lane Transit District
  • MTCO2e: Metric Ton of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
  • MWMC: Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission
  • NWN: Northwest Natural
  • TSP: Transportation System Plan
  • UO: University of Oregon