The City of Eugene and EWEB granted $10,000 to 350Eugene in July to support the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge. The Eugene Carbon Free Challenge utilizes 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 used this grant money to purchase and customize the software for Eugene and is working on 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.
EUGENE CARBON FREE CHALLENGE
Make a bookmark @ werenew.net/westernor/eugene
Key things to remember:
? Go to: werenew.net/westernor/eugene
? Create/Join a Community Group or Team:
- Read the “Why Join” letter from Eugene leaders
- “Join the Challenge” and create new account
? On left side menu, select “My Energy Profile” and complete your energy profile as a baseline for your carbon emissions
? Once profile is complete, select “Actions” in the menu
- Click on your account Dashboard (little house icon in left menu)
- Under “My Progress”, choose:
- “Join A Team”, OR
- “Join A Community Group”
- variety of actions, points, and time commitments to participate in!
? Any questions, email:
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.