At the urging of the community's young people, the Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance that would make its carbon emission reduction goals mandatory instead of voluntary. The council voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing July 21st on the Climate Recovery Proposal. It would call on the community to cut fossil fuel use in half by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. City Councilor Alan Zelenka spoke in support of the ordinance.
Zelenka: "I believe that this will actually end up saving us money. I think the things that we will do to reduce our energy consumption and reduce our greenhouse gases are things that relate to efficiency and doing things smarter and better."
Zelenka pointed to community support for the proposal. The council received a petition by the group "Our Children's Trust" with more than 450 signatures supporting the Climate Recovery Ordinance.