More than 11,000 scientists have declared “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” Today the City of Eugene released its Climate Action Plan 2.0. As a national leader in local climate work, City Council directed staff to create a Climate Action Plan outlining what the City and its partners will do to reduce the community’s carbon footprint and prepare for the local impacts of climate change.
Community members who want to provide feedback on the plan can do so on Engage Eugene.
The CAP2.0 builds on the 2010 Climate and Energy Action Plan, focusing on data-driven actions and building community capacity to adapt and prepare for climate change.
“Eugene continues to be a leader in this work,” says Mayor Lucy Vinis. “Our climate goals are ambitious, and business as usual will not get us there. We are excited to include recommendations from the CAP 2.0 Equity Panel, which was made up of six local organizations representing marginalized communities – groups who are known to be more adversely affected by climate change. This is one example of how the CAP2.0 expands our community’s ability to address climate emergency by approaching climate planning in a new way.”
City Councilors will review this first draft of the plan and consider additional actions they may want to include in the final CAP 2.0 document in a work session on Monday, November 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Harris Hall (125 E. 8th Ave.).
Community members who would like to talk with City staff about the document are invited to do so at the next Fix-it Fair, located at the Lane County Events Center on Sunday, November 24 from 12-3 p.m.
Councilors are scheduled to take final action on the CAP 2.0 on Monday, January 15. See additional information about the CAP 2.0 process.