Lane County Board of Commissioners adopts first Climate Action Plan for internal operations

Lane County Board of Commissioners adopts first Climate Action Plan for internal operations
Posted on 10/20/2020

The Lane County Board of Commissioners adopted the first Climate Action Plan for County operations.

 

“We know that the future of our community, our children and our wellbeing is dependent upon making meaningful changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chair Heather Buch. “The goals in this plan will help us safeguard that future at a local level and I am so proud that Lane County is moving in this direction.”

 

The plan describes six goals and targets that include carbon-neutral operations by 2050. The plan also describes specific actions that Lane County can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with day-to-day operations.

 

“Lane County has several opportunities to take action to reduce carbon emissions while saving money in the long-term. Investments in energy efficiency, replacing sedans with electric vehicles, and improving landfill gas collection are all low-hanging fruit in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lane County Climate Strategist Mark Nystrom.

 

Lane County began a three-phase approach to developing a Climate Action Plan in 2019 by conducting an internal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and developing internal operations Climate Action Plan. The County is also beginning the second phase of this work – conducting a countywide greenhouse gas inventory and developing a countywide plan that will outline goals and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The third phase of the project will develop a resiliency plan that will identify strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate change on Lane County.

 

Learn more about this project at www.lanecounty.org/climateplan.