On Feb. 7, the Eugene City Council passed a bill that prohibits fossil fuel infrastructure in new low-rise residential buildings.
Anne Marie Levis, campaign coordinator for "Eugene residents for energy choice," says she was angered that citizens didn't get the chance to vote on this ordinance that affects almost everyone.
"I was floored. I was watching and I was absolutely stunned by it," said Levis. "So the very next day we started talking with our partners, getting petitioners who would be willing to sign up to be the folks that would do this."
There are a group of volunteers and a group of paid workers who are collecting these signatures. The workers are being paid by a donation from Northwest National.
The city council will then check every signature to confirm that they are a resident of Eugene. If there enough signatures, the issue will go to either the May or November ballot.
They must secure over 6,460 valid signatures.
The ban is currently set to go into effect in June.