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Jul 17

350Eugene Carbon Free Challenge

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 2:49 PM 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.