The inventory identified Bend’s local sources of emissions—energy supply, energy use in buildings, transportation, and waste and recycling—and provided a baseline against which we can assess the effectiveness of emission reduction strategies over time.
Now, with this foundational work complete, we can finally get to the real work: creating the community-wide climate action plan.
This fall, the Steering Committee will divide into four working groups aligned with Bend’s primary local sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In cooperation with experts and stakeholders from the community, the working groups will identify potential strategies to reduce emissions. This initial strategy list will be brought to the broader community for input in the winter of 2019, and then further refined next spring. Work on an implementation and funding plan will begin in the spring. The final recommended action plan will be presented to the City Council in September 2019.
We need your help one more time to get this last, most important piece of work accomplished.
Once again, we have an opportunity this fall to bring state and national foundation money to Bend. The year-two budget for this project includes $80,000 from the City of Bend, $42,500 from Oregon Community Foundation donors, a matching $42,500 donation from national foundation Partners for Places, and $10,000 from a community campaign. The City is contributing a much larger share of the funds to the year-two budget—nearly fifty percent this year compared to less than 30% last year.
A successful community campaign is essential to secure the state and national foundations’ support—they need to see that our community is still committed to this project. And that commitment is best demonstrated with dollars.
Your gift will help us secure the funds we need complete Bend’s community climate action plan—the first such plan in Oregon east of the Cascades.
With your support, we’ll ensure Bend does its part to leave a healthy climate for future generations.