Climate Recovery Ordinance

Climate Recovery Ordinance Goals

The Climate Recovery Ordinance includes four ambitious goals - two community goals and two City operations goals.


Community Goals

  • Reduce community fossil fuel use by 50% of 2010 levels by 2030
  • Reduce total community greenhouse gas emissions to an amount that is no more than the city of Eugene's average share of a global atmospheric greenhouse gas level of 350 ppm by 2100, which was estimated in 2016 to require an annual average emission reduction level of 7.6%

City Operation Goals

  • All City of Eugene owned facilities and operations shall be carbon neutral by 2020, meaning no net release of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduce the City of Eugene's use of fossil fuels by 50% compared to 2010 usage

History

The City of Eugene is a national municipal leader in climate change policy, planning, and action. From the City’s work to develop the Sustainable Business Initiative in 2006, to the development of its first Community Climate Action Plan, to the adoption of its Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO), Eugene continues to push forward in taking steps to address climate change.


In 2010, Eugene created its first Community Climate and Energy Action Plan, joining a growing list of forward-thinking cities around the world that are addressing climate change and energy challenges through dedicated planning efforts.


In 2014 the Eugene City Council took national leadership on climate action by adopting the Climate Recovery Ordinance, updated in 2016 to include some of the strongest greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the nation.


Now, in 2019, the City of Eugene is updating the Climate and Energy Action Plan - the Climate Action Plan 2.0.


Climate Action Plan 2.0

The Climate Action Plan 2.0 will build on accomplishments to date with a renewed focus on building a broad coalition of community partners to provide on-going leadership, collaboration, and guidance on actions that will reduce our community's greenhouse gas emissions, increase our resiliency to the impacts of climate change, and also address existing inequities within our community.


The goal of the Climate Action Plan 2.0 is to work towards creating a livable and equitable Eugene for everyone in our community now and in the future. We seek to achieve this goal by applying the triple bottom line framework: environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic prosperity. We strive to find ways to make progress on our climate goals while also engaging and lifting up marginalized communities.