The Eugene Carbon Free Challenge is enabling Eugene residents to learn more about their personal carbon footprint and ways to reduce it. Visit the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge (ECFC) website.
This is a joint project of 350 Eugene, City of Eugene, and EWEB to help our neighbors begin to reduce our collective carbon emissions now as part of the Eugene Climate Action Plan. The ECFC team is working to reach as many residents, businesses, faith groups, and NGOs as we can from July to December 2019.
The Carbon Free Challenge consists of a website where each user has their own personal account. After creating and logging into your account, you take an Energy Profile survey of your current energy consumption. The result of the survey determines your personal carbon footprint in tons of CO2/person/year. Your footprint is shown next to a range of where other countries per person CO2 footprints measure, as well as showing the global goal of reducing all human produced emissions to 2.0 CO2 tons/person/year.
After learning what your CO2 footprint looks like, you can move on to choosing "Actions" from over 60 choices—ranging from Easy to Medium to Challenging—in terms of size and cost. Your personal carbon footprint always remains private information to you, but the Actions you complete are rolled up into "Team", "Community Group", and City of Eugene CO2 reduction totals which are viewable on the front page of the site as shown above.
The Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Board viewed a demo of the ECFC website on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, to help our neighborhood understand more about the goals of this project. Now we need your help to engage more of your neighbors! You can join our community group "Friendly Area Neighbors" from your Dashboard, clicking the link "Join a Community Group", then start typing to find and select "Friendly Area Neighbors" as shown below.
You can also host a House Party to help with ECFC outreach, and the team will be glad to help you present this website to a gathering of your local street neighbors at a House Party you host. If you prefer to do the presentation yourself, that's fine too. They will provide you handouts and training as needed. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Please join us now in the work to reduce personal carbon emissions in Eugene and make your contribution to solving the climate emergency! All hands on deck!
This weekend many FAN neighbors attended a Plastics Roundup workshop led by Sarah Grimm from Lane County Waste Management. The workshop focused on the April 2019 Plastics Roundup and how residents can help recycle their #2, #4, and #5 plastic containers.
Those who attended the workshop learned more about how the Waste Management system works in Eugene and the process involved in getting the raw materials (used plastic containers) to a plastics processor, in this case Denton Plastics, from Portland. The roundup plastics will be collected by Denton Plastics on April 7th to be processed into plastic pellets that will be used to manufacturer a number of various products.
In addition to talking about overall recycling efforts, Sarah also shared many helpful hints on identifying types of plastics. For instance, Denton requires that all plastics, in addition to being clean, be sorted according to resin type AND shape. #2 Bottles must be sorted separately from #2 tubs which can be trickier than it sounds. Sarah advised that bottles can be identified by the seams across the bottom whereas tubs have little dimples or circles. Another handy trick is rubbing any old type of cooking oil on stubborn labels since oil is an adhesive inhibitor and works much like “goo-be-gone” type products.
The Plastics Roundup is scheduled for April 7th 2019. Lane County Residents are encouraged to bring their clean, sorted plastics to the Glenwood Transfer Station for recycling. However, Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) can avoid potentially long lines by contacting one of the FAN volunteer plastic collectors.
Plastics Collectors are volunteers who’ve attended the Lane County Waste Management training on the types of plastics being collected, as well as cleaning and sorting requirements. The Collectors will gather neighbor's plastics and take them to the Glenwood Transfer Station. Collectors, because they attended the waste management training can make an appointment to drop off the plastics they’ve collected at a predetermined time thus minimizing the number of people at the Plastics Roundup on April 7th.
If you live in FAN and would like to coordinate with a Neighborhood Plastics Collector take your plastics to the Roundup please contact Judy deGrandpre’ at 541-514-3903.