A Community Climate and Energy Action Plan for Eugene, Oregon

In 2008, in response to increasing concerns about global climate change and the potential for volatile and rising fuel prices, the City Council of Eugene, Oregon developed its first Community Climate and Energy Action Plan. The Plan's goals include reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, reducing community-wide fossil fuel use 50 percent by 2030, and identifying strategies that will help the community adapt to climate change and rising fuel prices.

Of the six areas considered in this plan, the chapters on Health and Social Services and Urban Natural Resources are specifically directed at adapting to the impacts of climate change. The Urban Natural Resources chapter discusses the city's stormwater, urban trees, watersheds, and water quality. The Health and Social Services chapter addresses the impacts to public health and social services resulting from increases in the following events: wildfires, flooding, storms, heat-related illnesses, and increased prevalence of respiratory diseases. It also addresses impacts to drinking water supply. Both chapters also outline objectives to address the impacts and specific "high-priority actions."

While the Land Use and Transportation chapter primarily targets mitigation, it also raises the concern of increased human migration to Eugene due to climate change impacts and provides recommendations for considering this potential outcome. A related report, "A Health Impact Assessment on Transportation Policies in the Eugene Climate and Energy Action Plan," created in August 2010, evaluates the health benefits as well as negative impacts of the mitigation policy recommendations in this Plan.

Publication Date: September 2010

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  • City of Eugene, Oregon

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