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Good climate moves from Eugene's city council

Late last month, the Eugene, Oregon City Council voted to begin studying the process of requiring all newly-constructed commercial and residential buildings to be electric only. This move comes only months after the same governing body declined to renew their city's franchise agreement with fossil fuel company NW Natural, forcing the gas utility to apply for separate permits each time they add, change, or make non-emergency repairs to gas infrastructure in the public right-of-way.

These victories are thanks in large part to the ongoing work of individuals and groups associated with the Fossil Free Eugene Coalition, which has applied steady grassroots pressure to help ensure their local leaders uphold the city's adopted climate action plan and take further necessary steps to reduce their city's climate and air pollution. We applaud their efforts, and support them and other local advocates pushing for climate action in communities across Oregon.

Send Eugene City Councilors a thank you note, encouraging them to pass concrete ordinances to transition buildings off of fossil fuels

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NOTE: Our friends at Breach Collective are leading this write-in effort; clicking the button above will take you to their website.

Author Bio

Greer Ryan

Former Oregon Clean Buildings Policy Manager, Climate Solutions

Greer works to advance policies and regulations that will drive a rapid transition to 100% clean, safe, and equitable buildings for all. 

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Greer was a Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the Center for Biological Diversity. In this role, she advanced various energy justice policy solutions, including reducing barriers to distributed solar, ensuring consumer protections from utility shutoffs, and increasing transparency and accountability of utility influence spending.  

Greer holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, Greer enjoys exploring Oregon's beautiful outdoors with her dog, swimming, and vegan baking.