Originally Written September 28, 2018
Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) sets out important and far-reaching community climate action goals, including significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (ghgs) and fossil fuel use. It’s going to take a community effort to reach those goals. It’s also going to take a change in how we invest in our community. Reaching our goals depends on high impact actions such as zero-emission vehicle fleets, homes and buildings using less energy, and reducing consumption of high-carbon goods and products. Every person and organization has a role in helping the community achieve these goals.
The Community Climate Action Plan update, the CAP2.0, will set out a roadmap of actions our community is taking over the next 5-10 years to help us reach the climate goals in the CRO. Reaching these goals requires a focus on high-impact actions defined as those activities that have the largest ability to reduce Eugene’s ghgs and fossil fuel use. To understand what high-impact actions are happening in this community, the first stage of the CAP2.0 focuses on engagement with community partners that have larger, system level impacts. We call these partners our Large Lever Shareholders (LLS partners). LLS partners are specifically defined as organizations who have significant oversight and impact on community-wide fossil fuel use and ghgs or have the ability to effect or alter systems that will enable the community to adapt and prepare for climate change. The use of the term “Shareholder” is intentional to emphasis the LLS partners’ commitment to investment and action. City of Eugene staff are working with LLS partners to identify their commitments to address climate change and will capture those in the CAP2.0 document.
By starting with the engagement of systems level actors, we are laying the foundation to make it easier for everyone - individuals, households, businesses, and other organizations - to take actions that support the CRO goals. For example, by investing in transit infrastructure and services, as well as active modes of transportation, it is more likely that community members will choose lower carbon transportation options.
Below is the list of the City’s LLS partners. City staff began meeting with these organizations individually early in 2018 and convened the first collective meetings this summer around the CAP2.0 topic areas. Those topic areas include Buildings and Energy; Vehicles and Fuels; Organization and Household Purchasing, Use, and Recovery; Land Use and Transportation Planning; Urban Natural Resources and Emergency Preparedness; and Community Health and Social Services. The City acknowledges and thanks all of our current LLS partners for their participation. Additionally, the CAP2.0 includes community outreach to a broad set of community members scheduled to begin this fall. Working together, these organizations can leverage collective efforts to reach Eugene’s climate goals.
For more information on the CAP 2.0 visit our website at https://www.eugene-or.gov/cap.
CAP2.0 LLS Partners
- City of Eugene
- Lane County
- Bethel School District
- Eugene 4J School District
- Lane Community College
- University of Oregon
- Lane Transit District
- Eugene Water and Electric Board
- Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission
- Northwest Natural
- Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce