Climate Action Plan

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of clean fuels, public transit, cycling, alternative energy, technology enhancements, and higher efficiency vehicles and facilities has positive impacts on community health.

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 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. Staff completed the Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory (see below) and are now working on developing an outreach strategy for gathering public input for mitigation actions.


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 draft report.

Climate Action Plan Survey

Thank you to the more than 900 people who took our priorities survey! Lane County is creating a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to better understand how the County and its residents can help prepare for and address climate change. The results of the priorities survey will help us create the scope of the project and how we will communicate with Lane County residents.

Key Takeaways

Respondents wanted to learn about the impacts of climate change in Lane County and the steps the County is taking through digital resources, such as a website, email newsletter, and social media, and provide feedback through online surveys.

Residents of Lane County prioritized the following efforts for climate action:
1. Economic Development for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
2. Stuff We Buy and Use
3. Buildings and Energy
4. Transportation
5. Emergency Response and Public Health

Please continue to check this webpage for updates and opportunities to get involved.

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

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