May 14

Important Upcoming Dates for Sustainability at the City of Eugene

Posted on May 14, 2020 at 3:48 PM by Samantha Roberts


Please see below for upcoming meeting dates related to Sustainability efforts within the City of Eugene. 

Sustainability Program

Sustainability Commission Meeting
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 | 5:30 PM
This meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar. Location found using the above link.

Mayor's CRO Ad Hoc Work Group Meeting #4
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 5:30 PM
Location: TBD

Budget Committee

City Manager Pro Tem’s FY21 Proposed Budget Presentation
Wednesday, May 13, 2020  |  5:30 pm

Budget Committee Public Comment & Deliberation
Wednesday, May 20, 2020  |  5:30 pm
This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar. Login information will be provided closer to the date.

Budget Committee Public Hearing, 
Deliberation & Action

Wednesday, May 27, 2020  |  5:30 pm
Location: TBD

City Council Public Hearing & Action on the FY21 Proposed Budget
Monday, June 22, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Location: TBD

Apr 22

Earth Day 2020

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 8:18 AM by Samantha Roberts

Earth Day 2020

Just 50 years ago, 25-year-old Denis Hayes, a graduate student, organized the first ever Earth Day, leading 20 million Americans to begin the modern era of climate action. This movement has achieved a great deal through legislative action to include updates to the Clean Air Act, and the creation of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. The Environmental Protection Agency was another byproduct of this large scale movement. As a global event throughout the years, Earth Day has brought billions of people together from all over the world to consider humanity’s collective impact on the environment. 

Earth Day has organized communities over the years to do everything from advocating for policy action to teaching individuals about small changes they can make to reduce their carbon foot print. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important event, we invite you to continue this work thinking both locally and globally. How will you make a difference?


Earth Day Bingo
Let’s have some fun! Join us for a round of Earth Day Bingo. Each of the following actions aligns with our goals of addressing environmental impacts from energy used in buildings, transportation and fuels, consumption, and our ability to overcome challenges. Can you get 5 in a row?  Tag @cityofeug as you share your progress on social media using #EUGearthday and #EarthDay2020!


Eugene Carbon Challenge

Don’t forget to join the fun at Eugene’s Carbon Challenge! Nearly 370 households have participated in this fun challenge committing 650 actions. Actions are simple everyday things that you can do to reduce your impact, and many also save you money. Click here to see what actions your household can take to reduce your carbon footprint in Eugene.


Tune in online as Earth Day Network hosts live performances, speakers, and actions all over the world at Earth Day Live. Learn more about what is happening globally with climate change.  And, click here to see what actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

As you create, learn, share, and communicate online, use #EarthDay2020 to join the global celebration and movement towards climate action.

Aug 05

Sustainability Team Annual Update

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 3:08 PM by Mark Nystrom

The Sustainability Team presented an annual update to the Mayor and City Council on July 24th. The update included the following highlights:

  • Future Physical Conditions White Paper.  This white paper provides a forecast of the impact of climate change in Eugene including warmer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and increased population. 
  • ECC Meetings – Round 1. Eugene Climate Collaborative (ECC) partners met around six topic areas last summer to discuss the future physical conditions in Eugene, share the CAP2.0 process, and learn about the actions their organizations are planning on completing over the next 5-10 years.
  • Fossil Fuel and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) Reduction Forecast. This paper measures the impact of ECC partner actions in reducing fossil fuel use and ghgs and comparing those reductions to our CRO goals.
  • ECC Meetings – Round 2. ECC partners met around six topic areas last fall to share the Fossil Fuel and GHGs Reduction Forecast, learn about additional actions ECC partners are planning to take, and gaining input on the Equity Panel process.
  • Gap Strategies. After learning that the ECC’s planned actions would not get us to the CRO goals, City Council directed the project team to compile a list of actions that could.  This document includes a variety of actions to consider as we chart a path towards reaching the CRO goals.
  • CAP2.0 Equity Panel.  Six local organizations that work with marginalized communities came together to share their priorities and concerns related to climate change.  Representatives from this Panel shared their recommendations with City Council in June.
  • Community Outreach and Engagement. The project team has been at events including CAP2.0 specific open houses, Making It Happen Fairs with the Planning Division, and Party in the Parks.  We’ve updated the website, added a blog, and created a video to better share our message.
The Sustainability Team will continue to be busy over the summer. 

We will have a draft CAP2.0 document to share with you in the fall.  We will also be working on an electric vehicle (EV) strategy, supporting work on the Northwest Natural agreement, and we will have more to share around our ongoing communications and engagement work.

For more information on the CAP2.0, please visit our website.  

Jul 17

350Eugene Carbon Free Challenge--October Update

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 2:49 PM by Mark Nystrom

Make a bookmark @
Key things to remember:
Go to:
  •  Read the “Why Join” letter from Eugene leaders
  •  “Join the Challenge” and create new account
Create/Join a Community Group or Team:
  • Click on your account Dashboard (little house icon in left menu)
  • Under “My Progress”, choose:
  • “Join A Team”, OR
  • “Join A Community Group”
On left side menu, select “My Energy Profile” and complete your energy profile as a baseline for your carbon emissions
Once profile is complete, select “Actions” in the menu
  • Choose from a variety of actions, points, and time commitments to participate in!
Any questions, email:

350 Updated

The City of Eugene and EWEB granted $10,000 to 350Eugene in July to support the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge.  The Eugene Carbon Free Challenge utilizes a website to educated individuals and households how to reduce  greenhouse gas emission in a fun and meaningful way.  Participants can input information like the type of transportation they use, information about their energy use, and how they dispose of waste into the website, which uses the information to calculate the participant’s carbon footprint.  

Participants can choose actions that lead to greenhouse gas emissions reductions to earn points.  For example, they can choose to use more active transportation, use less energy by adjusting their thermostat and adjusting appliance use, or eat food with a lower carbon footprint.  To add some friendly competition to the challenge, participants can create teams and compete against their neighbors.  

350Eugene used this grant money to purchase and customize the software for Eugene and is working on an outreach effort that focuses on neighborhood associations and other community groups.  The outreach effort will conclude with an event to honor the teams with the most points.  

The second phase of the Climate Action Plan 2.0 calls for the City to identify programs that support individuals and households in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.  Staff hope to kick-off this part of the project early in 2020. The Eugene Carbon Free Challenge is an example of one way the City can work with community partners to pilot ideas that help community members engage in our climate work.   

Please visit the CAP2.0 website to learn more about the City's work. 

May 20

Eugene's Climate Change Goals Highlighted on National Level

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 3:10 PM by Elena Domingo

Eugene’s work on incorporating climate change goals and emissions tracking into Capitol Improvement Programs has taken center stage...

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May 20

Spring CAP2.0 Equity Panel Update

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM by Elena Domingo

In February 2018, City Council voted to support the International Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change... 

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May 20

Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:48 AM by Elena Domingo

The Oregon Legislature is considering legislation known as the Clean Energy Jobs Bill (HB 2020) in the 2019 session...

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