Welcome

In 2016, Bend City Council set a goal to reduce community fossil fuel use by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050. Over the last year, the City of Bend and the Climate Action Steering Committee (a volunteer committee made up of Bend residents) have been developing Bend’s Community Climate Action Plan.

The Bend Community Climate Action Plan is a set of strategies that will guide the City and community as we work together to reduce our fossil fuel usage. The City and the Climate Action Steering Committee have developed the plan through extensive participation with the Bend community. The strategies consist of new programs, policies, and systems that the community proposed and vetted. They are meant to encourage and support residents, businesses, and other agencies to reduce the community’s fossil fuel use.

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Public comment has closed

Public comment on this online open house closed on 7/31/2019. It was used to gather a final round of feedback on the proposed strategies for the Community Climate Action Plan. You can continue to browse the online open house to learn more about how we developed the plan, the proposed strategies and specific climate actions. You can also review the vision, goals, and proposed strategies for the Plan.

Vision and Goals

The vision for the Community Climate Action Plan is to have neighbors, businesses, and community leaders work together to preserve our natural environment while promoting economic opportunity and resilience for current and future generations.

Goals:

  • Develop and implement a plan that serves as a road map to a sustainable future for our community.
  • Harness the resources and talents within Bend’s community to take practical action across a wide range of sectors and activities.
  • Achieve a 40% decrease in fossil fuel use emissions by 2030 and a 70% decrease by 2050 (from a baseline year of 2016).
  • Accomplish a set of goals for each sector discussed in the plan.

The plan calls on the community of Bend to lead on climate action through the following principles:

  1. Reflect Local Values. Develop a plan that fits the unique challenges, opportunities and priorities of the Bend community.
  2. Smart about Energy. Reduce our fossil fuel use by promoting efficient and renewable energy consumption. Ensure energy supply reliability and affordability while protecting the natural environment.
  3. Practical, Achievable, Flexible. Create pathways to achieving measurable goals that allow the community to adapt to Bend’s needs, capacities, and opportunities over time.
  4. Act Inclusively and Respectfully. Consider diverse perspectives and ensure that all viewpoints are considered. Prioritize climate actions that will benefit individuals who have been historically underserved and will be most impacted by climate change.
  5. Promote Economic Well-being. Ensure climate actions are well-researched and can have positive outcomes. Build economic resources and resiliency for generations to come.
  6. Create Alliances. Collaborate as a community to build partnerships and find common ground as we develop and implement the Climate Action Plan.
  7. Focus on the Triple Bottom Line. Consider the economic, equity, and environmental impacts of all our decisions.
  8. Keep Eyes on the Horizon. Explore new technologies and approaches. Recognize the long-term nature of some climate actions. Commit to regular evaluation, refinement and collaboration to ensure lasting success.
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The goals of Bend’s Community Climate Action Plan are based around reducing our fossil fuel use. We will track our progress towards these goals by measuring the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we reduce by taking the actions described in the plan.

What We’ve Done

Next Steps

After reviewing the public feedback, the Climate Action Steering Committee will finalize the proposed strategies in the plan. The Committee will also select 5 additional strategies to add to the plan, which are needed to meet the Community’s climate action goals.

In August and September, the City and the Committee will work with technical experts to finalize the plan. Then, in Fall 2019 (expected in November), Bend’s City Council will review and act on the plan.

The Climate Action Steering Committee meets monthly and the meetings are open to the public. All meetings provide an opportunity for public comment. Visit the Committee’s webpage for meeting times, agendas, and more information.

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Climate Action Steering Committee at work brainstorming climate actions.

What We’ve Heard

While developing the Community Climate Action Plan, the City and the Climate Action Steering Committee worked to gain feedback from the larger Bend community through a public survey.

In this survey we heard that the Bend community:

  • Supports investments that would yield long-term benefits, such as investments in public transportation, energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy facilities and community planning.
  • Prefers actions that would create incentives or personal cost savings over regulatory actions.
  • Believes that actions should avoid or mitigate financial burdens to low-income populations.

To learn more about what we heard from the Bend community, see the Survey Results Summary.

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Strategies

The Community Climate Action Plan consists of both climate strategies and climate actions. Strategies are higher-level objectives that the community needs to achieve to reduce its fossil fuel use. Actions are specific policies, programs, or projects that can be implemented to help reach these objectives. The strategies and actions of this plan are divided into four sectors:

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Energy Supply: the source of energy used for transportation, buildings, waste and materials.

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Energy in Buildings: the energy used in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

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Waste and Materials: emissions from the production and disposal of materials.

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Transportation: emissions from vehicles.

Within each of these sectors, there are several specific strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Click on the sector areas below to learn about:

  • Why targeting emissions of each of these sectors is important.
  • The specific strategies suggested for inclusion in the plan within each sector.
  • The results of our analysis of each strategy, including the strategy’s potential to reduce emissions, who will take the lead on implementing the strategy, and the co-benefits of the strategy.
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Co-benefits

The co-benefits of each strategy are the positive impacts this strategy will create beyond its effect on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Describing the co-benefits of each strategy helps us realize that investing in greenhouse gas reduction is beneficial not just for the environment but for our health, the economy, and equity.

Members of the Climate Action Steering Committee identified a set of co-benefits that they thought were important to analyze based on Bend’s community values and their vision for the Community Climate Action Plan. They then worked with technical experts to determine the impact of each action on the chosen co-benefits.

The co-benefits analyzed in the plan are:

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Community Health and Safety

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Economic Vitality

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Affordability

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Protecting the Natural Environment

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Security and Resilience

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Social Equity

Thank you!

Thank you for taking some time to learn more about the Community Climate Action Plan. Your feedback will be shared with the City and the Climate Action Steering Committee and will help shape the final plan.

To learn more about the project visit the plan’s webpage.

A bridge crosses a river in Bend.
©2008 Dustin Mitsch / Alpen Exposure