Inspired by the New Economy movement (see: NewEconomy.net), we are organizing our community to cultivate local resilience and implement strategies that invest in regional self-sufficiency while disinvesting from corporate extraction and exploitation.

Our Mission:

Cooperation Eugene collaborates with people, organizations, and networks to cultivate a thriving, local regenerative economy.

We Envision:

  • A world of local regenerative economies in which people cooperatively produce abundance, value people and the rest of the natural world over profit, and actively steward their bioregions.
  • People empowered to participate actively and creatively in rising to the challenges we face by mobilizing our individual and collective resources.
  • Communities empowered to say “no” to extraction and exploitation. All members, especially those who have been marginalized by the systems we are transcending, are actively engaged and uplifted in governance of the commons.

Black Lives

Cooperation Eugene stands in solidarity with our community members of color as the tragedy of the murder of another black man at the hands of white police officers once again dredges up the accumulated pain of hundreds of years of mistreatment and inequality. We need meaningful change and healing, and we need it now!

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News & Updates

Amplify “Just Transitions”

The work of Cooperation Eugene is totally in alignment with the principles of Just Transitions. Take some time to read what they have to say. https://climatejusticealliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/CJA_JustTransition_Principles_final_hi-rez.pdf Our upcoming event on May 26 (which will be recorded and posted here afterwards) is all about a method and technology to transition centralized extractive power infrastructure to community-based …

Design Challenge for Homes For All

Cooperation Eugene is partnering with the PROUT Institute to organize a collaborative challenge to develop new integrative design for housing and climate mitigation. Check out our project page for more details https://cooperationeugene.org/home-for-all/. We are offering webinars to learn about component parts of this challenge. On that page you will see links to past webinars. This …

Homes for All – A Call to Action

Call To Action

We issue this call to action to inspire our community to adopt a new approach to addressing its housing problem. Lane County faces the acute challenge of providing adequate low-income housing and the protracted challenge of meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals. The nature of these challenges requires novel solutions involving major shifts in thinking and approach; they cannot be adequately solved within current institutional frameworks or social and political practices.

We propose that multi-dwelling housing projects require an integrative development approach that engages multiple factors in their design and implementation.  This is currently doable with the local expertise, talent, ingenuity, and resources already on hand in our community. However, the necessary convergence of the right people, ideas, and practices, and subsequent movement forward, requires a shift in thinking, an innovative vision of the possible, and a creative plan of implementation. 

Design Challenge

We invite key stakeholders and experts to come together to launch a housing project, the shape and scope of which emerges from grappling with a design challenge articulated through the following three goals and associated parameters: 

Moving Forward

Our strategy for developing this integrative design is to build small teams of people interested in educating themselves and the community about the component parts as they pertain to Homes for All, for example policy, land use, finance/business plan, alternative energy integration, materials and building, community and justice.

These teams are producing webinars for the community about what is involved in each component. Then the design team identifies the relationships between the parts in integrative exercises.

Read and vote for our application to EWEB Green power grant

Feasibility Study for the Integration of Net-Zero  Carbon Utility Systems with Affordable Housing in the  Eugene-Springfield Area

We’ve applied for the @ewebutility Greenpower Grant, and we need your help! The grant awardees are decided by Greenpower customers. Greenpower is a voluntary subscription that funds clean energy in our community. If you are a Greenpower subscriber with EWEB, watch your email for a voting survey on June 18 to 23 and vote for us! If you’re not signed up for Greenpower, there’s still time to join and vote on the grant. Sign up at eweb.org/greenpower

Learn More

Read the Homes for All: Call to Action and Design Challenge for analysis of our current context and more details about the design challenge goals and parameters

Join us for upcoming webinars to explore specific issues in more detail:

Questions and discussion from the May 26 presentation June 2, 2021, 5 pm – Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/9992018865

View this presentation to prepare for June 2 discussion:

How can fossil free utilities help make housing affordable? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YWy6mISbC8

View past webinars:

Integrated development and envisioning an integrated approach to habitat for all

Vision for Micro-Enterprise Housing   

Discussion of the County Affordable Action Housing Plan

Review the Affordable Housing Action Plan passed by Lane County