Habitat For Humanity Breaks Ground

EUGENE, Ore. — Habitat for Humanity is breaking the ground on its 51st home in the Eugene-Springfield area. Albert Millard and his daughter will move into the home once construction is complete. Saturday morning around 50 people gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking. It included Millard’s family and friends and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Anyone … Continue reading »

Home Energy Use Lowest In Over a Decade

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Home energy use nationwide has dropped to the lowest levels since 2001, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And that comes despite the fact that we use more gadgets than ever. In Southern Oregon, just like the rest of the country, much of that comes down to building and appliance … Continue reading »

City Hall Project Contractor Selected

EUGENE, Ore. — A new city hall is one step closer to reality. A local contractor was selected to rebuild the aging structure, Monday. The city has been wanting to rebuild the building on Pearl Street for quite some time because of its vulnerability to earthquakes. After years of uncertainty, city leaders decided to hire … Continue reading »

Eugene Neighborhood Builds Sidewalk

EUGENE, Ore. — A west Eugene neighborhood took action to make their community safer Saturday. A group of Churchill-area neighbors got together to build a sidewalk near Acorn Park. Everyone from children to local politicians grabbed shovels and helped the effort. Tom Schneider, leader of the Churchill Walkability Action Team, says the absence of sidewalks poses … Continue reading »

Business Recycles Construction Materials

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s a recycling resource available in Eugene that residents may not know about. It’s called EcoSort. It diverts construction and demolition materials from the landfill. Contractors use it to get rid of their waste, but residents can use it too. “EcoSort recycles about one hundred million pounds of material every year. It … Continue reading »

Arena Awarded LEED Gold Certification

EUGENE, Ore. — It looks silver and black, but Matthew Knight Arena is almost as green as it gets. The University of Oregon announced Wednesday that the building was awarded LEED gold certification. That’s the second-highest offered after platinum. The arena is the first building on campus to achieve gold status. It received the certification … Continue reading »

LEED Certification Criticized

EUGENE, Ore. — As more buildings all across the country boast LEED certification, there’s criticism that it’s just too easy to be considered green anymore. There are several different LEED levels–Certification, Silver, Gold and Platinum. To become certified, a building has to have at least 40 of the green requirements on the LEED checklist. Some … Continue reading »