Climate Action Plan

Lane County is has completed the first phase of a three-phased approach to the development of the Climate Action Plan by developing the Internal Operations Climate Action Plan (see below). Now, staff is working on completing phase 2, by creating a community-wide greenhouse gas mitigation Climate Action Plan. Since last fall staff have:

  • Completed the Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory (see below)
  • Gathered input from how residents want to be engaged and the scope of the project (survey results below)
  • Discussed actions with stakeholders like utilities, cities, and other government bodies
  • Hosted five open houses to gather input on greenhouse gas mitigation actions (see summary below)
  • Worked with contractors to determine the impact of actions recognized as best practices for reducing greenhouse gases

Staff aim to have a draft frame work of a community-wide Climate Action Plan later this fall and a full report later in the year.

Additionally, in the fall staff will begin working on phase 3, the community-wide climate resilience and adaptation plan.



County-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Lane County has just completed a draft of its first county-wide greenhouse gas inventory. Some of the high-level findings include:

  • During 2019, Lane County’s local emissions totaled over 4.2 million Metric Tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e). The largest sectors were transportation (primarily diesel and gasoline combustion, 66% of local total) and energy use by buildings (natural gas and electricity use, 21%). Smaller local sources of emissions included agricultural animal emissions (5%), refrigerant loss and industrial processes (4%), and waste disposal (4%).
  • Imported emissions from household consumption in Lane County and production of fuel and energy sold in Lane County totaled over 3.6 million MT CO2e and include emissions from upstream fuel production (34%), production of goods (31%), food (29%), and air travel (6%).
  • Forest growth and purchased carbon offsets sequestered over 3.5 million MT CO2e.

Click here for to read the full inventory.

Lane County Climate Action Plan (CAP) – Greenhouse Gas Reduction Engagement Summary

For information on the Virtual Online Open House please click here.

Virtual Public Meetings

  • We hosted five virtual meetings that were open to the public that focused on the following elements: transportation, energy used in buildings/renewable energy production, consumption (the stuff we buy and use), coastal communities, and foothills communities.

Virtual Public Meeting Recordings

  • Transportation Virtual Public Meeting Recording here.
  • Energy Used in Building Meeting Recording here.
  • Stuff we buy and use Virtual Meeting Recording here.
  • Coastal Meeting Recording here.
  • Foothill Meeting Recording here.

Virtual Online Open House Draft Summary Notes and Materials

The virtual online open house draft summary notes materials can be found here.

Climate Action Strategy

The Board Order states that Lane County will:
  1. Conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and develop an internal plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 1) for County operations to establish greenhouse gas reduction targets and implementation plans to meet County targets.
  2. Develop a comprehensive countywide plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 2) with community engagement to outline aggressive goals and strategies, aligned in partnership with city climate actions, to establish countywide community targets and high priority areas of action.
  3. Develop a resiliency plan (Climate Action Plan - Phase 3) to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change anticipated for Lane County.
  4. Develop Action Initiatives supporting green jobs, clean energy projects, and climate-friendly industries in Lane County.
  5. Provide open and transparent public communications to monitor and evaluate progress toward climate action goals.
  6. Establish a Climate Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and advise the Board of Commissioners on the County's ongoing climate action work.
Contact Information
Mark Nystrom, Lane County Climate Strategist


Waste Management Division 
3100 E. 17th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403