Sustainability in Eugene
Eugene, Oregon enjoys a long history of innovation, vision and commitment to sustainability. We take a comprehensive approach that places equal importance on advancing social equity, economic prosperity and environmental health.
The City has adopted several sustainability goals including:
- Reduce community-wide fossil fuel consumption 50% by 2030
- Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 10% below 1990 levels by 2020
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that all city facilities are carbon neutral by 2020
- Reduce waste from city facilities and operations 75% by 2014 and 90% by 2020
The City has an Office of Sustainability and a Sustainability Commission.
Other important sustainability initiatives include:
- See the latest steps in developing Eugene's new Climate Action Plan 2.0.
- Eugene partnered with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and produced the white paper Community Climate Action-Materials Management Planning. This is a how-to guide for communities to perform materials management planning.
- As a first step toward regional food security planning, Eugene completed a local food market analysis and security plan scope in 2010
- Eugene has adopted a Triple Bottom Line decision-making framework and created a TBL tool to assist employees and community members in reaching sustainability goals
- Eugene conducted an assessment of 20-minute neighborhoods in the community and the factors that enhance accessibility and livability
- In 2010, Eugene completed an award-winning Community Climate and Energy Action Plan. The city is in the process of integrating these actions into local land use and transportation plans
Sustainable Groups & Projects
The City of Eugene maintains memberships and coordinates with the following groups and projects:
- Climate Mayors Opens a New Window.
- Carbon Disclosure Project Reporting Opens a New Window.
- Urban Sustainability Directors Network Opens a New Window.
- Cities4Forests/World Resources Institute Opens a New Window.
- We Are Still In Opens a New Window.
- The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Opens a New Window.
- Opens a New Window. ICLEI USA