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A Community Climate and Energy Action Plan for Eugene

Chuck Gottfried, Sarah Mazze, Joshua Proudfoot, Jason Heuser, Lorraine Kenwood, Twila Souers, Joe McCormack, Mike McKenzie-Bahr, Jan Wostmann, Heidi Beierle, Bill Randall, and Shawn Boles
Created: 8/16/2019 - Updated: 8/16/2019

Abstract

The decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest ever recorded. Over the last three decades, each has been warmer than the one before and science is telling us that this trend will continue. In addition, the inexpensive fossil fuels that our community and country depend on for transportation, food production, and industry are projected to become increasingly expensive. Eugene is joining a growing list of cities around the world that are addressing these climate change and energy concerns with a plan to meet the challenges with vision and creativity. In developing this local plan, community leaders and citizens have clearly recognized the need to re-imagine how we live, eat, travel, and play. As we work to adapt to the uncertainties ahead, we can be sure that the boldness of our actions today will determine the quality of life in Eugene now and into the future.

Eugene’s first Climate and Energy Action Plan:

In 2008, in response to increasing concern about global climate change and the potential for volatile and rising fuel prices, Eugene’s City Council asked staff to develop Eugene’s first Community Climate and Energy Action Plan.

The Community Climate and Energy Action Plan goals:

1. Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

2. Reduce community-wide fossil fuel use 50 percent by 2030.

3. Identify strategies that will help the community adapt to a changing climate and increasing fossil fuel prices.

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