Climate change is here, and its impacts will continue to intensify as our planet’s temperature rises. This verdict is echoed in the 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report, the Fourth National Climate Assessment Report Volume II, and many other sources providing the same a clear message. The urgency of the climate crisis requires a new kind of focus. This plan, Eugene’s Community Climate Action Plan 2.0 (CAP2.0), continues the momentum created by Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) by identifying research-based actions that will help the community reach its climate goals most quickly. The Plan was created through a data-driven process that engaged people and organizations in new ways that reflect the urgency of the issue. The CAP2.0 captures the actions our community has committed to implementing, evaluates how close the community will be to reaching the CRO goals, and identifies additional high impact practices that will move us even closer to achieving those goals.
The Eugene City Council passed the Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) in 2014, making a bold statement by setting ambitious climate goals and incorporating them into Eugene City Code. These goals include a science-based projection that returning to 350ppm CO2e will limit the earth’s warming to 1oC. This
plan, Eugene’s Community Climate Action Plan 2.0, is an update to Eugene’s 2010 Community Climate and Energy Action Plan and serves as Eugene’s climate action roadmap. The Plan format is different from the 2010 CEAP, focusing on actions that community partners have committed to working on and clearly identifying other high impact actions that the community will need to find additional resources to complete.
This is a data-driven plan, focused on identifying and measuring the greenhouse
gas emissions (emissions) and fossil reduction impacts of the actions our community is ready to take and understanding what additional actions are needed to help us reach our goals most quickly. About 1.1 Million MTCO2e of greenhouse gas emissions are emitted in Eugene annually. Eugene Climate Collaborative Partners (ECC Partners) are prepared to take actions to significantly reduce those emissions, but more action is needed to achieve our CRO goals.
This is a community capacity-building plan, focused on engaging community partners in new ways. The CAP2.0 planning process brought together utilities, local government entities, educational institutions, the Chamber of Commerce, and other systems-level organizations that have significant oversight and impact on community-wide fossil fuel use and emissions, or have the ability to affect or alter systems that will enable the community to adapt and prepare for climate change. The Equity Panel, which brought together representatives from six organizations that work with marginalized communities, also made recommendations and provided input on specific policy.
This is a mitigation and a resiliency plan, focused on understanding how our community can reduce emissions and continue to work together to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. Eugeneans already experience the impacts of climate change annually through increased heat and wildfire smoke in the summer and more frequent and severe winter storms. Eugene’s climate is projected to be comparable to that of Chino, California, by 2100. This plan brings together the community’s plans and actions for both acute and chronic challenges and changes that are due to climate change.
Developing the Plan
The CAP2.0 process spanned three years, beginning with visioning for the project in 2017 and ending in 2019 with City Council endorsing the Plan.
Mayor’s Work Group
The CAP2.0 project plan was developed in consultation with the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Climate Recovery Ordinance Work Group in 2017. The Work Group set a vision for the CAP2.0 to be the roadmap of actions the community will take over the next 5-10 years to help Eugene reach the community climate goals in the CRO.
The CAP2.0 focuses on engagement with systems-level actors, or the Eugene Climate Collaborative Partners (ECC Partners). By starting with the ECC Partners, the CAP2.0 lays the foundation to make it easier for everyone – individuals, households, businesses, and other organizations – to take actions that support the CRO goals. ECC Partner staff met three times across six topic areas to share analysis, learn about ECC Partner organization efforts, and share feedback from community outreach processes. Approximately 60 individuals from ECC Partners and the public attended each round of meetings Eugene Climate Collaborative ECC Partners are specifically defined as organizations who have significant oversight and impact on community-wide fossil fuel use and emissions, or have the ability to affect or alter systems that will enable the community to adapt and prepare for climate change.
National research and local experience have shown that the impacts of climate change tend to disproportionately impact marginalized communities, such as communities of color, the elderly, low-income communities and people experiencing disabilities. To help address this disparity within Eugene, the City convened the Equity Panel to elevate the concerns of marginalized communities.
Six local organizations participated in the Equity Panel, which met about 10 times between January and June 2019. The City received applications from a variety of groups across the community, which helped ensure the creation of a strong and broadly representative final panel. Each organization on the panel received a $3,000 grant to support their work on the project.
The City conducted outreach throughout the CAP2.0 process in addition to the ECC partner engagement. In fall 2018, the project team held two open houses and participated in the City’s Project Planning Fair, Making It Happen, to share the planning process with the community. In summer 2019, the project team participated in the City’s Party in the Park series promoting individual actions that have the most impact on ghg reduction. One additional round of outreach is planned for fall 2020 with the release of the draft CAP2.0 document.
A collection of potential high impact actions, based on best practices and scientific literature, were analyzed to determine the additional local emission reduction potential.