Eugene, Oregon

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Home to more than 160,000 people, Eugene is Oregon's second largest city. It is a diverse and eclectic town, snuggled in the southern end of the Willamette Valley between two buttes, and hugging the scenic Willamette River. Eugene integrates the surrounding natural environment through extensive parks and path systems, so no matter where you are in the city, you’re immersed in the dynamic beauty of the great Northwest.

It's no wonder it is called "A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors."

Eugene is located in the flourishing Willamette Valley and is called the “Emerald City.” And its residents make serious efforts to make the city as green as it can be. Eugenians have been known for leading green lives, as they typically avoid imported products, factories and manufacturing companies that contribute to polluted environments, and are known for making use of local products. 95% of the city’s electricity comes from hydropower, wind, and other sources that do not generate carbon-based emissions that are linked to global warming. Eugene’s public utility board was the first in Oregon to own its own wind farm. Locals typically support local products through utilizing local markets that often feature organic foods. These activities are well represented at the reknown Saturday Market, located in downtown Eugene.