The City of Eugene Solid Waste and Green Building program aims to make sustainable waste prevention and green building practices the norm in Eugene. To achieve this vision the City regulates solid waste haulers and supports green projects through the guide2Green program.
Priority goals for the guide2Green program are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable economic development and support local self-sufficiency activities. To achieve these goals, the City of Eugene offers technical assistance, incentives and educational opportunities.
Eugene's residents are able to access practical and timely information about solid waste, green building, composting, recycling and waste prevention, as well as regulations and rates on the city's informative website. The City of Eugene was awarded $1.7 million in grants as part of the collaborative statewide Clean Energy Works Oregon Program led by the City of Portland. The funds will help retrofit thousands of homes and buildings across the state.
In Eugene, grant funding will be used to support implementation of the Downtown Energy Retrofit Program (DERP), which will provide financial assistance to downtown property owners to implement steam transition and energy efficiency projects. The funding is expected to help switch 62 buildings from steam heating to high efficiency heating and cooling systems.