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Jul 17

350Eugene Carbon Free Challenge

Posted to Climate Connection by Mark Nystrom

The City of Eugene and EWEB granted $10,000 to 350Eugene last week in support of the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge.  The Eugene Carbon Free Challenge will utilize 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 will use this grant money to purchase and customize the software for Eugene and complete 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.  350Eugene will kick-off the outreach effort at their Climate Town Hall on Thursday, July 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Church from 6-8:30 p.m.  
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 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. 

Jul 05

Weekly Recap - July 5, 2019

Posted to Keeping in touch: Notes from the Mayor by Elena Domingo

I have been silent for a couple of weeks and not able to attend council meetings...  

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Apr 17

Hitting the Jackpot with Hall's Aster

Posted to Parks Pulse by Elissa Gavette

The hard work and patience of the Native Plant Nursery staff and volunteers has paid off, literally. A key plant for restoration sites, Hall's Aster plays an important role in providing late season nectar and pollen to bees. But propagating this precious plant doesn’t come easy, which is why it’s worth $1,000 a pound. This season, the Native Plant Nursery yielded 10 pounds, valued at $10,000!

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Feb 08

Renovation and expansion plans update

Posted to Rec News & Stories by Benjamin Schorzman

Rec is hard at work on our bond goals of caring for and making the most of what we have and serving the entire community. We have begun the design phases of the two top bond priorities: renovations and expansions to Campbell Community Center and Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center.

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Oct 25

New Public Piano Downtown

Posted to What's Happening Downtown? by Sarah-Kate Sharkey

Light Up the World Public Piano
A new piece of playable art is on its way to downtown Eugene!

The donated piano will be painted on the first floor of the Atrium building and then installed in the Park Blocks for the Nov. 17 Light Up Downtown tree lighting event. The piano will be available for the public to play through mid-December.

Local artist David Placencia will use a unique bubble paint technique to transform the piano into a work of art. His theme is “Light Up the World: A New Time of Unity”, and his design features colorful ribbons spiraling from an oval Mayan calendar. The public is invited to watch him at work on the first floor of the Atrium building (10th and Olive) from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 3, 6 and 13. Examples of Placencia’s past work can be seen at

The piano will be the City of Eugene's third piece of playable public art this year. The first two pianos, stationed this past summer outside the Downtown Public Library and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, were extensively enjoyed by musicians and audiences. Both pianos currently reside in Eugene Rec community centers to delight patrons during the rainy months.

The playable art program gives musicians the opportunity to share their talents and the public the chance to enjoy live music in a non-traditional setting. The pianos also serve as temporary works of public art, painted and collaged by talented local artists chosen to bring more color to downtown’s core. Similar programs exist in many cities throughout the country. For information about the Portland program, visit