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Events > 2019 > March > Let’s Talk Solutions Series: How to Save Money, Live Healthier, and Draw-down Your Carbon Footprint

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All events are at the downtown Eugene public library.

All events are at the downtown Eugene public library.
All events are at the downtown Eugene public library.

Series Background

Climate experts agree we only have a little over a decade to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions to stabilize the climate and preserve our beautiful planet. We all need to do our part, but what’s the best thing to do? Eugene has created a Climate Action Plan as a framework, and we’ll need everyone’s help to meet the goals. This four part series will offer a range of solutions you can implement in your own home. In addition to a presentation by local experts, there will be representatives from organizations and businesses working in these fields, as well as homeowners, available for your personal questions.


Home Energy Solutions – March 21st, 6-7:30 pm

Imagine a street full of people carrying grocery bags full of holes, leaking 40% of their food onto the ground, totally oblivious to it. Sounds crazy, right! Yet most homes in Eugene leak that much energy every day. Learn how you can improve your home in this informative, action oriented presentation- for homeowners and renters alike. Topics include best “bang for your buck” efficiency upgrades, heating and cooling options (heat pumps), solar electric systems, and considerations for new construction or remodels. Local experts and businesses will be available for personalized questions after the presentation.

About the presenter: Zach Erdmann is owner and operator of Premium Efficiency in Eugene. They specialize in home energy inspections with over 15 years of experience. Zach also trains contractors, offers Quality Assurance Inspections, and is a board member of Home Performance Guild of Oregon.


Climate Friendly Yards – April 23rd 6pm-7:30pm

Is your yard part of the problem, or the solution to climate change? Many yards are a problem: gas-powered tools, fertilizers, pesticides, and sending yard waste to the landfill are major contributors of greenhouse gasses. Instead, our organic landscapes can host beautiful flowers to feed pollinators, shade our homes in the summer, manage storm water, grow delicious and nutritious food, while removing carbon from the air and sinking it into the soil.  Want to take it a step further? Incorporate backyard chickens, bees, or small livestock. Learn from local landscape and farming experts about the variety of options you can take to improve your climate-friendly yard.


How We Roll: Transforming Transportation – May 14th from 6pm-7:30pm

Did you know a gas powered car emits a pound of CO2 per mile?! Add it up and transportation is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the country. The personal vehicle isn’t very good for us, from our health to the environment, or even for a safe and livable city. What are the alternatives? Learn from transportation experts about the growing menu of à la carte wheels to choose from: electric cars, mobility apps, electric cargo bikes, E-scooters, and bike shares. Also, get tips on the basics like, how to bike in the rain, carpool, or travel by bus. It’s up to us to decide how we want to roll (or walk) around our town, and the more options we have the more sustainable our city becomes.


Water Wise Homes -June 20th from 6pm-7:30pm

Each of us, as well as our planet, is made of mostly water. Vital to all life, and profoundly affected by climate disruption, water is something we must protect. A warmer planet means less snowpack, warmer rivers, and more droughts and floods. Population growth adds another stress to our water supplies. At the home-scale, can we reduce carbon emissions by saving water? You bet! Water and energy- with its associated carbon footprint- are intrinsically linked, as are water and food. Learn from local water experts how to increase your home’s water efficiency, collect rainwater, and reuse wash water for irrigation (called greywater). We’ll also discuss how to reduce your water total footprint which is impacted by the foods and products you buy.