Originally Written on May 9, 2019
Eugene’s work on incorporating climate change goals and emissions tracking into Capitol Improvement Programs has taken center stage. City Engineer Matt Rodrigues penned an article about the City’s work for the May 2019 issue of the American Public Works Association Reporter (APWA) magazine.
The article summarizes the steps the City made after the budget committee directed staff to make changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). These changes included creating greenhouse gas estimates and reduction metrics for CIP projects, as well as tracking and prioritizing projects that help meet the City's Climate Recovery Ordinance goals.
Matt shared insight into the development process, which involved
development coordination between staff-leads responsible for each capital
program area, establishing an advisory group, and assigning technical liaisons.
He also conveyed lessons learned for communities to consider as they look to
incorporate climate change goals into their capital improvement plans.
Matt writes, “In addition to delivering a CIP that meets City
Council, Budget Committee and community expectations, the most beneficial
outcomes of the process were greatly expanding organizational knowledge of
tools and methods for estimating greenhouse gas emissions for CIP projects and
developing a shared understanding of how our project and material choices
influence progress toward our climate recovery goals.”
Read the full article at page 79 of the APWA Reporter.