Sustainable events have the opportunity to create a positive community legacy through purchasing decisions, energy conservation, and waste reduction efforts. Events can engage the community in sustainability efforts and inspire people to take action in their daily lives. The City of Eugene encourages event planners and sponsors to invest in responsible event management practices. Sustainable events support the City’s goal of sustainable development by implementing a Triple Bottom Line approach, considering the environment, economy, and equity.
Environment: Waste reduction and recovery, purchasing clean energy, and considering impacts on water quality are essential strategies for our community to reduce greenhouse gas impacts and reach our community targets.
Economy: Sustainable purchasing practices advance the local economy and create supply chains. The Joint Elected Officials of Eugene, Springfield, and Lane County created a shared vision of our economic future through a Regional Prosperity Economic Development Plan. This vision meets the pressing economic problems of today while laying the foundation for a sustainable future based on emerging green innovation and technology.
Equity: Organizers bridge the gap to make events more inclusive by increasing accessibility for disabled persons and by engaging non-traditional participants in attending events. The City of Eugene’s Diversity and Equity Strategic Plan is Eugene’s formal policy on equity and human rights and part of the triple bottom line standard with which any organization hosting a sustainable event in Eugene should consider.