Bulletin staff report
The city of Bend has qualified for a $50,000 matching grant to help implement its climate action plan.
Bend and the nonprofit Environmental Center will receive the grant from Partners for Places, a private group that provides grants to communities, if donors to the Oregon Community Foundation match the funds. Donors have already designated $27,500 in matches, Environmental Center Executive Director Mike Riley said.
The climate action project will cost $175,000 a year for two years. The city of Bend allocated $99,000 to the project from revolving loans created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that could only be spent on investing in energy efficiency. Other funding comes from donations to the Environmental Center.
The project includes hiring a new city employee focused on the climate action plan, studying greenhouse gas emissions in the city, forming a citizen committee to steer the climate action plan and hiring a contractor.
Bend’s climate change resolution, adopted in September 2016, aims to reduce Bend’s fossil fuel use 40 percent and reach carbon neutrality in municipal facilities by 2030.