Get involved with Bend’s climate future

The City of Bend is actively recruiting nine positions for the Environment and Climate Committee (ECC) until July 31, 2020.

During the June 17th, 2020 City Council meeting, Bend City Council voted to establish the Environment and Climate Committee. The committee’s primary focus is to provide input and recommendations to the City Council on topics related to environmental stewardship and to oversee implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan, adopted in December 2019.

This committee is a big deal! The ECC will help the City of Bend establish direction and implement sustainability goals and will help shape the future livability of our community. 

Committee expertise

The City is seeking individuals who have experience or expertise, professional or lived, in the following or other related subject matters: energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy efficient building, environmental justice, equity in environmental stewardship and sustainability, alternative transportation and mobility, energy policy, environmental policy, forestry, water resources, ecology, other life sciences, carbon emission reduction, and other related areas. They seek inclusive membership of diverse and varied perspectives and experiences.

This committee will help fulfill current and future Council goals and projects related to environmental stewardship, and provide a resource to Council when relevant community issues arise. The ECC will:

  • Develop recommendations and build partnerships to advance implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan;
  • Provide input in the City’s review and development of plans, ordinances, actions, and policies as relevant
  • Provide advisory input to the City Council during Council goal setting and budgeting processes; and
  • Provide input on adopted Council goals as they relate to natural resources and the environment.


This will be a permanent City committee just like the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) or the Affordable Housing Committee, among others. Nine members will be appointed to the Environment and Climate Committee with initial terms being two or four years so that the committee doesn’t replace all of its members at once. Subsequent terms will be four years. 

Committee members will be expected to actively participate in monthly meetings, generally 1.5 – 2 hours. Committee members will determine the regular schedule that works best for the members.


The Advisory Committee application is available at Applications are accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. 

For questions on serving on the Environment and Climate Committee, please contact Cassie Lacy at 541-323-8587 or .  

Information about the committee is available at

The Energy Challenge Installs LED Light Bulbs in 5,000th home in Central Oregon

The Energy Challenge, a program of The Environmental Center, is proud to announce they installed free LED light bulbs in the 5,000th home in Central Oregon. Over the past three years, the program has installed over 75,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the bucket, but cumulatively these bulbs will save Central Oregon residents over $13.8 Million, or an annual savings of almost $500,000.

Each Central Oregon household, including renters and owners, receive up to 16 free super-efficient LED light bulbs, which use 80% less energy than the incandescent bulbs being replaced. In addition, each household receives free water-saving fixtures that can help save energy by reducing the amount of hot water that needs to be heated — and of course, the amount of water consumed.

On October 4, Carmen Kinder and the three teenagers of her household were excited to be the 5,000th Central Oregon residents to receive free LED bulbs through The Energy Challenge. In addition to instant savings, participants are connected with resources to take their energy savings a step further through other opportunities such as heat pump water heaters, ductless heat pumps, and solar.

By participating in this program, individuals are making a difference in their community. The amount of energy saved each year with these light bulbs has an energy equivalent to what it takes to power 333 homes for one year.

“We hope this illustrates that even your smallest actions add up to something much bigger than yourself,” said Neil Baunsgard, Program Director of the Free LED Program. “When you’re making changes to save energy, however small, you’re part of a community-wide movement and you truly are making a difference.”

The program is available in Sisters, Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Tumalo, and surrounding areas. Residents are encouraged to sign up at or by calling at 541-385-6908 X26

This program is made possible through collaboration with Energy Trust of Oregon and Central Electric Cooperative.

We need YOU to help our LED program a success

Calling all Energy Heroes in Redmond and Bend! 



You may have heard that we have some very exciting news for 2017 –we have our expanded our free LED light bulb installation program to serve Redmond and Tumalo!

We have already reached 2,400 homes in Bend and our goal is to reach another 600 homes in the next 6 months. To put that in perspective, that would help save another ~$60,000 annually in energy costs.

To reach 600 homes, we need 600 people to sign up for LEDs. That’s A LOT of people. Right now, our biggest obstacle is getting the word out and getting people to sign up. If our costs get too high to market this program, we may not be able to sustain it.

This is where YOU can play a vital role in helping people save energy—letting them know that this amazing opportunity exists. 

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5 reasons to switch to LED lighting

LED bulbs

There are simple ways you can start to reduce your electric bill that you can get started on right now!   If you are going to do just one thing this month, consider switching out your older incandescent light bulbs  with LED lights. If each household in switched 8 bulbs, our community would cumulatively save $2.6 million! Your light bulbs at your house aren’t just drops in the bucket—they make a difference!

 A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. Today’s LED bulbs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent.


Everyone knows that appliances, like your refrigerator and dishwasher, use electricity. However you may not realize lamps or bulbs and the fixtures in which they operate are also appliances. If we consider lighting as a single appliance, it can be much as 25 percent of your home’s electricity consumption. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Timers and motion sensors save you even more money by reducing the amount of time lights are on but not being used.

Here are 5 reasons you might consider switching to LED lighting in your home.

  1. Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more — meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs.
  2. When bulbs last longer, that’s less time you have to spend driving to the store and then installing new bulbs. Just think of all those hard-to-reach fixtures. Vaulted ceilings? This is a no brainer!
  3. Your lighting energy bill can be cut nearly in half if you replace 25 percent of your lights in high-use areas with LED’s. That will save you money, but you should consider the environmental benefits, too.
  4. And for the bigger picture: switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
  5. LEDs contain no mercury, and a recent Department of Energy study determined that LEDs have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs. If you are swapping out CFLs in Bend you can recycle them by bringing them to the Hazardous Waste Facility at Knott Landfill, Batteries + Bulbs, and Home Depot.


Lighting Recommendations for Businesses

lights_leds_heroLighting can be your highest business energy cost – and your greatest opportunity for savings. Reducing heat output from your lighting can also reduce your air conditioning costs. Without proper lighting, productivity, safety, security and overall aesthetics can be compromised. Good lighting design contributes to employee comfort and health, which in turn can result in greater productivity. Check out Energy Trust of Oregon’s Guide to business lighting.

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