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:
- 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.
- Commitments for Future Action
These are commitments from ECC Partners for actions that will occur over the next 5-10 years.
- 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.
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- 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
- Action B6
State of Oregon building code updates to Energy Zero Energy Ready Standard
- Action B7
Northwest Natural future energy conservation
COE implementing facilities updates including conservation and efficiency improvements
- Action B9
EWEB working with community partners to support building upgrades with incentives for smart electrification and energy efficiency.
- Action B10
4J school bond upgrade to building efficiency
- Action B11
Lane Community College and University of Oregon Climate Action Plan updates calling for increased building efficiency
- Action B12
Incentives and education for people to create rain and stormwater gardens at home
- Action B13
Provide education about the climate impacts of having a large, single family home. Land use policies that encourage density and smaller, multifamily homes result in lower emissions and should be encouraged
- Action B14
City land use policies should encourage higher density land use. Higher density housing results in more walkable, rideable, or roll-able communities
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.
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- 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.
- Action T9
COE, EWEB, LTD, UO, and other community partners implementing an EV strategy.
- Action T10
LTD Moving Ahead and Transit Tomorrow projects
- Action T11
State of Oregon legislation requiring and incentivizing electric vehicle adoption
- Action T12
4J and Bethel School districts investments in higher efficiency buses
- Action T13
COE, LCC, UO, Lane County, and EWEB investments in fuel efficient motor pools
- Action T14
Envision Eugene plans for increased housing density along transportation corridors and increased housing density due to the passage of HB 2001.
- Action T15
Subsidies for Ride Source transportation; provide bike, electric bikes and electric vehicles on loan station.
- Action T16
Public campaign on racism, homophobia, sexual violence, ableism in public transportation and bus stations to foster a better social climate for all to use public transportation.
- Action T17
Government subsidies and no-interest loans for electric bikes and electric vehicles, especially for low-income people and people with disabilities.
- Action T18
Sufficient solar-powered lighting for bike paths.
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.
- 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.
- Action C7
Lane County plans to convene community partners to explore options related to the development of a waste processing facility to divert organics from the waste stream toward an anaerobic digestion/biogas facility
- Action C8
Lane County Waste Management 63% diversion rate goal
- Action C9
4J and Bethel School districts increase composting and sourcing food locally
- Action C10
LCC and UO investigating improving materials management system
- Action C11
PeaceHealth updating food service requirements at all facilities
- Action C12
Stakeholders offer incentives for employees to attend workshops on waste management, composting, energy use, climate change, gardening, transportation, carpooling.
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.
- 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
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- 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
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- LTD: Lane Transit District
- MTCO2e: Metric Ton of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
- MWMC: Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission
- NWN: Northwest Natural
- TSP: Transportation System Plan
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