It’s been an action-packed week of events local and national.
I began the week reading children’s stories at the library for “Pajama Story Time”, a story and craft hour for small children, some wearing pajamas. The theme was houses and community in honor of Fair Housing month and I was encouraged to wear my slippers. I will be reading to children again at the Bethel Branch on Saturday.
On Wednesday, I spoke to C-Span about our city’s unique, intriguing and surprising qualities. I highlighted our Butte to Butte, our thriving downtown, our capacity for public engagement, our legacy of protecting natural resources and commitment to responding to climate change. The series, which will feature the history and non-fiction literary life of Eugene will air in June.
On Thursday, the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Climate Recovery Ordinance met for the first time. This knowledgeable group of community volunteers included a high school student, experts and community advocates, and three city councilors, as well as staff - who discussed ways to communicate our progress and public engagement in working toward our climate recovery goals. Conscientious attention to the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions is integral to the city’s ongoing investments in transportation, housing, and economic development. The committee will help us frame that understanding and community conversation.