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!
Early Owl Farm- Tessa & Jake McCusker (and their twin boys) are the farmers behind Early Owl Farm, a small family farm specializing in seasonal vegetables and fruits, eggs from pastured hens and beautiful cut flowers. The McCusker’s utilize an approach called "regenerative farming" which goes beyond the scope of "organic" and results in a thriving soil food web, increased carbon sequestration, nutrient-dense food and an improved farm ecosystem. They minimize tilling the soil as much as possible, plant diverse cover crops to feed the soil and pollinators, compost intensively, house their hens in a mobile chicken house so they can access fresh pasture every few days, and maintain large areas of native flowers, shrubs and trees to aid the local fauna. Please stop by to chat, and get to know these wonderful local farmers!
Contact: Website- www.earlyowlfarm.com/, Facebook and Instagram pages will keep you in the loop of farm happenings. You can find their market stand at the following spots: Early Owl Farm Stand (Sundays 10am-2pm starting in early May), Spencer Creek Growers Market (Saturdays 10am-2pm starting mid-May) and Amazon Farmers Market (Thursdays, 11am-4pm starting in June).
Friendly Fruit Tree Project-Matt Lutter (Friendly neighbor and former FAN Board Member) spearheads The Friendly Fruit Tree Project, an all-volunteer effort to build relationships between fruit-loving Friendly neighbors and fruit tree owners (or stewards) who might have more fruit than they can handle.
When a fruit owner offers to share their fruit with the Friendly Fruit Tree Project, a volunteer Harvest Leader "adopts" the site and coordinates the event for the steward and harvesters. Harvested fruit is split roughly into thirds between volunteers, the steward, and those in need.
Contact: FB The Friendly Fruit Tree Project phone: (541) 632-3260
(S)Beyond Toxics (BT) - Lisa Arkin (Executive Director BT, Friendly neighbor and former FAN Board Member) will be sharing information from studies recently published by the Center for Food Safety which found high levels of pesticide residues in the kinds of fruits and vegetables we may grow in our gardens. Foods like apples and spinach can absorb chemicals that cannot be washed off. Beyond Toxics challenges environmental pollution by taking on its root causes and working for lasting change. BT activates and organizes the people most affected by overburdens of pollution and harm. Their goal is to build a statewide environmental justice movement to advance the power of Oregonians on the frontlines of disparities in health, wealth and work.
Contact: email- email@example.com phone- 541-465-8860
(S)Walama Restoration Project- Walama Restoration will give a short presentation on “The Walama Restoration Project (WRP), a community organized non-profit, founded in 2001, dedicated to environmental stewardship and biological diversity through education and habitat restoration." Kris will be focusing on "sustainable yards".
Contact: web- www.walamarestoration.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 541-484-3939
350 Eugene- The local Eugene Chapter of 350.org will be present to talk about their series of local workshops designed to educate on ways we can all improve sustainability and answer your questions on how you can get involved in the Drawdown Eugene campaign that advocates for the successful planning, completion and adoption of the City of Eugene’s Climate Action Plan 2 (CAP 2).
(S)Urban Bees- Honey Bee Jen (bee keeper, Friendly neighbor) - Jen Hornaday, the owner of Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens, will be speaking on ways we can protect our precious pollinators. Jen’s comments will focus on creating healthy spaces for honey bees and how to invite pollinators into your yards to increase your fruit, flower, and vegetable production. After her presentation, stop by Honey Bee Jen’s booth for a healthy honey tasting and to learn more about Honey Bee preservation efforts in the Eugene area. Jen will also have honey, pollinator seeds, propolis, and bee gifts for sale.
(S)Common Ground Garden (CGG)- Teresa Siemanowski (Friendly Neighbor) will give a short presentation on how a group of FAN neighbors worked together to form a community garden that benefits all. Common Ground Garden, which today is a beautiful and productive neighborhood food sharing garden located at 21st and Van Buren Street, began in 2009 with a City of Eugene neighborhood matching grant and a team of dedicated volunteers committed to transforming gravel into an oasis of organic, bee friendly, sustainable, collaborative food production.
CGG meets every Saturday from 10-12 for a family friendly work party to garden and connect with neighbors and friends. Garden tools and gloves are provided, and everyone is welcome!
Contact: FB Common Ground Garden email: email@example.com
ToolBox Project- The ToolBox Project is a volunteer-driven tool-lending library open to residents of Lane County, Oregon. They share home and garden tools with our community so we can all build and grow together. Come find out how you can become a member, how you can donate tools, and/or become a sponsor.
Contact: web www.eugenetoolboxproject phone: 541-838-0125
Lane County Master Gardeners (LCMG) - Jan Gano (President LCMG) will be present to answer questions about Oregon State University’s Master Gardner Program. The Oregon State University Extension Service provides Oregon volunteers with research-based knowledge and education that strengthens communities and economies, helps sustain natural resources, and promotes healthy families and individuals.
Trained Master Gardener volunteers help educate and advise other home gardeners in our community. Many people new to Lane County as well as inexperienced gardeners are interested in obtaining local gardening advice. The Master Gardeners program focuses on topics such as diagnosing plant and insect problems, preparing soil for planting, identifying plants, and selecting ornamentals and varieties.
Contact: web: extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/lane phone: 541-344-0265
FAN Team Tables- Please go to FAN website www.friendlyareaneighbors.org Get Involved, to get contact information