March 16, 2017
Thanks to everyone who recently emailed councilors asking them to keep climate action a priority for Bend! We were pleased to see at last night’s Bend City Council meeting – Employ energy efficiency and fossil fuel use reduction policies to guide operations and growth plans – as an objective for the Council’s draft goals.
Stay tuned as we’ll be watching closely as Council continues to work towards implementation of the Bend climate action resolution and we’ll be sure to let you know how and when you can take action again.
February 15, 2017
Over the next two weeks, the Bend City Council will set its goals for the next two years. The goals will set priorities for City staff and help shape the City’s two-year biennial budget for July 2017 through June 2019.
On September 7, 2016 the Bend City Council adopted a resolution that lays out a clear and detailed pathway for Bend to move forward towards reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The adopted resolution set greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and fossil fuel reduction goals for City operations/facilities and the community as a whole, set timelines for adopting climate action plans (2 years for the City, 3 years for the community), established a robust public involvement process in developing those action plans, and calls for hiring staff dedicated to developing and implementing the action plans.
Finally, the resolution also commits the City to taking near-term actions to reduce energy use, to increase the efficiency of its vehicle fleet, and to reduce vehicle miles traveled through investments in transit and in safety to encourage biking and walking.
The adopted resolution—if implemented—will move Bend in the right direction when it comes to climate action. And it will help the City reduce costs, save money and design a much more livable community.
As the City Council sets it goals for the coming years, it’s important that they hear from the public that implementation of the climate action resolution should remain a priority for our city. We know they will hear from those who want to halt Bend’s move towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They need to hear from even more people who support action on climate now.
September 8, 2016
Last night, the Bend City Council adopted a climate action resolution by a vote of 5 to 2. Thank you to the five Bend City Councilors who voted “Yes!”: Mayor Jim Clinton and Councilors Nathan Boddie, Barb Campbell, Doug Knight and Sally Russell.
Thank you to all the citizens, organizations and nearly 100 Bend businesses who supported our months-long effort to get this resolution passed. This win would not be a reality without your support.
Though the adopted resolution is more aspirational than the ordinance the Central Oregon Conservation Network initially sought to pass, it does lay out a clear pathway for Bend to move forward on reducing GHG emissions. And it will ensure that Bend does its part to protect our climate now and for future generations.
And a huge thank you to the members of the Climate Ordinance Working Group who spent the last 15 months thinking, researching, debating, proposing, organizing and advocating: Russ Donnelly, Joe Emerson, Skylar Grayson, Diane Hodiak, Sara Holman, Mary Fay, Jeanine Florance, Kyra Kadham, Theil Larsen, Brad Lemmon, Bob Lorenzen, Jeffrey Richardson, Mike Riley, and Helen Seidler. Your extra efforts made this possible.
September 7, 2016
TONIGHT: At tonight’s meeting, the Bend City Council will vote on a Bend Climate Action Resolution that will commit Bend to doing its part to cut greenhouse gas emissions. There are TWO ways you can help!
1. Email your Bend City Councilors to tell them to vote yes to pass the resolution: http://bit.ly/2ceqVFX
2. Attend the meeting and show your support by wearing green!
WHEN: TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 7th at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bend City Hall, City Council Chambers, 710 NW Wall Street, Bend
July 16, 2016
Support Meaningful Climate Policy for Bend
The Bend Climate Ordinance Working Group prefers an ordinance because it would reflect a stronger commitment to effective climate action. However, for the sake of a broader community consensus, we can accept a resolution, provided it contains these elements:
- Community goals for reducing fossil fuel use by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050.
- WHY? For our community to take meaningful climate action, we must address community-wide emissions. Emissions for City of Bend operations are likely less than 5% of total community emissions.
- Clear timetables for adopting climate action plans for the City as an organization and the community as a whole.
- WHY? Time is of the essence for avoiding the worst case scenarios of climate change. And the climate action plans are the heart of taking meaningful action in a timely manner.
- Provide for triple bottom line cost benefit analysis of alternative climate action plans.
- WHY? We support adding language about cost-benefit analysis but want to make sure that financial costs/benefits are not the only factors considered. Economic/financial, social and environmental factors should all be considered to ensure that the cost-benefit analysis is done within a broader sustainability framework.
How can you make a difference?
We respect and appreciate that the Bend City Council set up a special meeting to hear from the community about this issue. Now we, the supporters of meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Bend, need to show up and tell our City Councilors what we think. After panel presentations by the environmental and business communities, individuals will get anywhere from 30 seconds to three minutes to speak.
Tell the City Council that you support a resolution that sets Bend on a path for meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Tell them that you support a resolution that includes:
- A goal for the community as a whole, as well as for City operations, to reduce fossil fuel use.
- Firm deadlines for adopting Climate Action Plans; and
- Cost-benefit analyses that look at financial, social and environmental concerns.
May 16, 2016
Bend is caught in the crossfire of climate change. Drought, diminished snowpack, decreased stream flows and the increased threat of catastrophic wildfires are putting strains on the natural resources that make our community so unique.
We are at a critical time – we must turn the tide and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With meaningful action, we can lead the way and ensure we protect our way of life, including local recreation, agriculture, tourism, and the health of the environment we enjoy all around us. Meaningful action is needed at all levels of government—local, state, nation and international—to combat climate change and leave a healthy environment for future generations.
The Pass a Bend Climate Ordinance campaign seeks effective, comprehensive strategies to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate damage to natural resources on a local level. A Bend Climate Action Ordinance would create a fair and flexible framework for developing both City government and citizen-based actions to reduce GHG emissions by:
- putting the City of Bend on track to be carbon neutral by the year 2030;
- setting achievable, meaningful, science-based targets for reducing the use of fossil fuels for both the City government and the community: 40 percent by 2030 and 70 percent by 2050;
- creating a Climate Action Commission—composed of citizens, businesses and academics—to develop climate action plans, for the City of Bend and Community as a whole, to submit to the City Council for approval; and
- hiring new staff at the City of Bend dedicated to supporting the objectives of the ordinance and their implementation.
Mike Riley, The Environmental Center, email@example.com, 541-385-6908, www.envirocenter.org
Nikki Roemmer, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-241-4762, www.olcv.org
Resources provided by the Climate Ordinance Working Group: