The Bend City Council is preparing to vote on the Community Climate Action Plan!
The City of Bend’s Community Climate Action Plan is the result of months of work and cooperation between many different local stakeholders: city government, businesses, environmental activists, youth, experts and individuals came together on the Climate Action Steering Committee to make recommendations on the best strategies to move Bend forward into a clean, sustainable economy. This fall, the city council will be choosing which of these recommendations and strategies to implement – determining what this plan will look like as actual policy.
The vote is tentatively scheduled for December 4th. The two council meetings in November are our chance to turn out to encourage the approval and implementation of a strong, substantial plan! For more details, click here.
Finally, if you’re a Bend resident, and you haven’t had a chance to sign the petition in support of the plan, click here
Passed September 7, 2016
Copy of the Resolution 3044
4 City Councilors and the Mayor voted for the Resolution: Nathan Boddie, Mayor Jim Clinton, Sally Russell, Barb Campbell and Doug Knight. 2 Councilors voted against it.
Advocates for the this effort included 17 individuals, along with the organizing and policy developmet efforts of The Environmental Center, 350Deschutes, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, nearly 100 businesses who signed their support, and many citizens who gave public testimony.
We Need 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.
o 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.
o 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.
o WHY? Cost-benefit analysis is important but 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?
What does the Resolution do?
• The ordinance creates a fair and flexible framework for developing both city and citizen-
based actions. More specifically, the Resolution:
• Creates a citizens Climate Action Steering Comittee with broad public representation to consider science-based strategies and to develop climate action plans to
submit to the City Council for its approval;
• Provides for the creation of two climate action plans:
• A climate action plan for all City of Bend operations, building on accomplishments already made by city staff and departments;
• A comprehensive and cost-effective GHG emission reduction plan for
Bend businesses and households;
• Puts the City of Bend on track to be carbon neutral by the year 2030;
• Sets achievable, meaningful, science-based targets for actual reductions in the use of fossil fuels for both the City of Bend and the community: 40 percent by
2030 and 70 percent by 2050, based on carbon emission levels from 2010 or more recent years;
• Provides for adequate and dedicated City of Bend staffing to support the
objectives of the ordinance and their implementation.
It’s time for clear thinking and smart action, at all levels of government
Though GHG reduction goals outlined in the 2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris begin to set measureable objectives and collaborative strategies, in general state,
national and international action to cut GHG emissions up to this point has neither been fast enough nor robust enough to adequately deal with the threat. Local action is
appropriate and necessary.
The Resolution provides a way to equitably distribute costs associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to reduce potential negative economic effects.
Furthermore, a comprehensive climate change strategy embodied in a city ordinance is a practical way to promote local businesses and Bend’s economy.