Climate Recovery Summary
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 in 2010, to the adoption of its Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) in 2014, Eugene continues to push forward in taking steps to address climate change.
**Visit the CAP2.0 webpage to see the latest steps in developing Eugene's new Climate Action Plan including the dates for the next round of Large Lever Shareholder meetings.**
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 2018, the City of Eugene is updating the Climate and Energy Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan 2.0 will serve as the community's strategy to put Eugene on the path toward meeting the community goals set by the 2016 Climate Recovery Ordinance and to increase our community's resilience to the likely impacts of climate change.
Carbon Neutral Operations
The Climate Recovery Ordinance sets a goal for the City of Eugene’s operations to be carbon neutral by 2020, meaning no net release of greenhouse gas emissions. Our climate action goals, like those of many cities, focus on reducing carbon pollution relative to historic levels. These goals are important but the best science is now telling us that these aren’t enough, that we need to reduce carbon pollution to a safer level, at or below 350 parts per million in the atmosphere. The CRO contains a community goal to reduce total 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, which was estimated in 2016 to require an annual average emission reduction level of 7.6%.
Reducing Fossil Fuel Use
The CRO includes goals for the City organization and the community to reduce fossil fuel use by 50 percent from 2010 levels by the year 2030.
Community Climate Actions (A Sample List)
Each of these actions has a direct impact on reaching the Climate Recovery Ordinance goals.
The City of Eugene and Lane Transit District (LTD) are working with regional partners and the community to add new features to some of our most important streets. This project is focused on better connecting people to jobs, schools, shopping, recreation, and other activities by considering a range of transportation investments along key corridors to improve safety and livability for everyone.
Love Food Not Waste
A commercial food waste collection program that began in 2011. To date the program has diverted 9,200 tons of food waste that would have been sent to the land fill. Look for a roll out of home food waste services in 2019.
This bike share program allows people to sign up to use bicycles for short rides in the City core. Use of this program reduces greenhouse gas emissions (ghgs) and has the co-benefit of providing exercise for the users. PeaceHealth Rides launched in spring 2018.
Fix It Fairs
To help consumers avoid purchasing more goods, the City sponsors a series of Fix-It Fairs. Volunteers and professionals provide free repairs and are available to coach attendees interested in learning how to make their own repairs. Repair services are available for a variety of products, including small appliances (like lamps and toasters), tools, clothing and textiles, small electronics, home and garden tools, furniture, and toys. Funded in part from a grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Fix It Fairs started in 2017.
Advanced Metering (EWEB)
Advanced metering allows users to monitor and control their energy usage and control costs. This program is “opt in” for EWEB Customers for the past couple of years. Data gathered from advanced meters will be key components to EWEB’s two strategic priorities, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery by improving outage response and Electric Supply Resources by providing accurate load data to EWEB and customers. Both priorities help the City reach its CRO goals.
Eugene's 2035 Transportation System Plan (TSP) establishes a system of transportation facilities and services that will serve the needs of Eugene residents, businesses, and visitors over the next 20 years. The TSP looks at electrification of transportation, increasing active transit, and incorporating a more robust mass-transit system.
LTD Electrification of bus system
LTD is currently testing electric bus prototypes and hopes to deploy several in the coming years. As more of the fleet needs to be retired, more electrical buses will come online.
The City of Eugene has provided financial support to the University of Oregon’s (UO) Student and Community Outreach for Renter Efficiency (SCORE) program from 2012-2019. This funding pays up to 12 UO students to receive training, schedule house visits, conduct household energy audits using the US Department of Energy (USDOE) Home Energy Scoring Tool. Students complete associated reporting and complete up to 240 energy audits on low income rental properties that meet the USDOE Home Energy Scoring Tool property requirements annually.
The City of Eugene teamed up with UO and EWEB to help bring the benefits of cleaner, cheaper transportation through incentives to purchase or lease electric vehicles. Earlier this year, those who attended a free workshop received exclusive discounts on electric vehicles from EWEB and local auto dealers. The program will be rolling out the second year details in the coming months.
Green Infrastructure-Parks and Open Space
The City’s Green Infrastructure team brings together the park services that clean water, beautify streets, keep air clean and neighborhoods cool, and safe. Together they work to: Maintain and manage public and private vegetated stormwater-treatment facilities, care for more than 100,000 street trees, educate and enforce overgrown vegetation rules on private and public property, and keep landscapes along streets and medians green.
Safe Routes to School
Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School is a community approach to encourage and enable more people to walk and bike to school safely. These actions reduce ghgs and have the co-benefit of encouraging youth to be active.
School Garden Project
This City supported program helps Eugene schools develop onsite vegetable gardens where they teach children standards-based science and the basics of growing food, using the garden as an outdoor laboratory. They also provide material and curriculum resources; professional development for educators; volunteer recruiting and training; and maintenance support to sustain and expand educational gardens throughout the region and beyond.
Integrate CRO + CIP
City staff are currently working on a methodology to assess Capital Improvement Projects through a triple-bottom line lens, including measuring the ghg impact of projects.
Governor Brown Executive Order 17-20
Oregon Governor Brown signed Executive Order 17-20 which directs the Building Codes Division (BCD) to conduct code amendment of the state building code to require newly constructed residential buildings to achieve at least equivalent performance levels with the 2017 US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Standard by October 1, 2023. Additionally, EO 17-20 states the all newly constructed commercial buildings will exceed International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 by October 1, 2022. The EO also includes direction on Solar Ready and Electric Vehicle Ready Building Construction.
Governor Brown Executive Order 17-21
Governor Brown also signed an order to establish a goal of 50,000 or more registered and operating electric vehicles by 2020 through a series of actions including “leading by example”—which has state agencies investing in EVs, making EVs more cost competitive, and ensuring sufficient EV infrastructure.
EWEB-load growth by conservation
EWEB has a policy target of meeting all load growth with conservation. Per the adopted Integrated Electricity Resource Plan (IERP), EWEB budgets $4M annually for energy efficiency programs and acquires between 1.4 and 1.6 MW conservation. Progress towards meeting IERP goals is reviewed annually.