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Eugene Writes Carbon Reduction Into Law

OPB | July 31, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 1, 2014 8:56 a.m.

Eugene City Hall, Courtesy: City of Eugene

Eugene City Hall, Courtesy: City of Eugene

The Eugene city council passed an ordinance on Monday that requires concrete plans to meet the city’s carbon reduction goals. The new law calls for the city government to be carbon neutral by 2020 and also seeks to cut citywide fossil fuel use in half — compared to 2010 levels — by 2030.

City councilor Alan Zelenka, the author of the ordinance, says he was inspired in part by a recent lawsuit filed by two teenagers in Eugene calling for the state to take action on climate change. The ordinance also came after an impassioned plea from advocates and young people at the Oregon Children’s Trust.

We’ll talk with Alan Zelenka about what’s next for carbon reduction in Eugene.

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