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The City of Bend has qualified for a matching grant from Partners for Places, a national matching grant program that invests in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of all residents. Funding will support the City working with the Bend community to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption.
The City of Bend, in partnership with The Environmental Center (TEC) and The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), submitted a proposal to Partners for Places in July 2017 for a project to engage diverse voices in creating a community climate action plan that balances equity, efficiency, economic development and meaningful climate benefits.
“We are honored to receive support from Partners for Places for this project and look forward to working with the community to create a climate action plan that fits Bend,” said Bend City Manager Eric King.
This project stems from a September 2016 Bend City Council Climate Action Resolution that established goals to reduce community-wide fossil fuel use by 40 percent by 2030 and 70 percent by 2050. Partners for Places will provide a $50,000 grant, pending success in raising a matching $50,000 from OCF Advised Funds, a program that allows OCF donors to identify causes that matter to them and recommend OCF grant support in collaboration with other donors.
“The good news is we are more than half-way to securing the local matching funds,” said Mike Riley, executive director of The Environmental Center, the nonprofit organization designated to receive the matching grant funds. “We have already received $27,500 for the project from OCF donor advised funds.”
This project is planned to unfold over a two year period at a cost of $175,000 per year.
Project funding for the first year will come from Partners for Places, OCF Advised Funds, funds raised by TEC from the community and the City’s budget. The funds will allow the City to hire a new staff person to manage the project, conduct baseline studies including a community-scale greenhouse gas emissions inventory, form a Council-appointed volunteer.
Climate Action Steering Committee, and contract outside support for a community planning process that will identify how to achieve fossil fuel reduction goals in the 2016 Bend City Council Climate Action Resolution.
The City plans to apply for additional funding for the second year to support community prioritization of climate actions, to develop targets and metrics for measuring progress and to develop an implementation plan.
In addition to Bend, Partners for Places has committed to matching grant awards to teams from Cary, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; Lancaster, PA; Las Cruces, NM; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA, Salt Lake City, UT; and St. Louis, MO.
About Partners for Places
A joint project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Network, supported by five investor foundations (The JPB Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, The New York Community Trust, The Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation), Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our communities more prosperous, livable and vibrant.
About the Oregon Community Foundation
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds — more than 2,000 of them — that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. Through these funds, OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships in 2016. Learn more athttp://www.oregoncf.org/
About The Environmental Center
The Environmental Center’s mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. TEC translates sustainability into practical, local action to create a healthy future for people and the planet. TEC programs incorporate education and advocacy to advance a vision of a sustainable community. TEC is focused on building community, educating kids, revolutionizing energy, rethinking waste and advocating for change. Learn more at www.envirocenter.org or by visiting 16 NW Kansas Ave. in downtown Bend, Oregon.
Anne Aurand | Communications Director
Please help us spread the word! Bend City Councilor office hours are next week. Office hours 2017 will end in November.
Councilor office hours are an opportunity to sit down and talk with one or two of your elected leaders in an informal setting. Drop-ins are welcome and there is no agenda for these meetings.
Nov. 8, 2 p.m., Justin Livingston, City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street, Awbrey Conference room upstairs
Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m., Bill Moseley and Sally Russell, east Bend, Barnes and Noble café, 2690 NE Highway 20, Forum Shopping Center
Meeting details will be listed under City Meetings & Events at the bottom of the City’s webpage, www.bendoregon.gov and will be publicized by the City of Bend’s Facebook and Twitter pages. More info: http://www.bendoregon.gov/government/city-council/councilor-office-hours
Anne Aurand | Communications Director
On October 30, 2017, Bend City Manager Eric King signed a weather emergency declaration effective November 3, 2017. The declaration allows the use of approved alternative shelter facilities to provide emergency overnight lodging when the temperature is or is expected to be below 25 degrees Fahrenheit and all Bend area shelter facilities have reached capacity.
Alternative shelter facilities must complete a fire safety inspection and abate all safety deficiencies prior to providing overnight lodging. Shelters are only approved by the City of Bend when there is a declared emergency and need.
The City expects severe weather conditions that may result in capacity being reached at local shelters, and the emergency weather declaration helps meet the need for shelter during some of the coldest months of the year. The declaration is in effect through February 28, 2018.
For more information or to request a consultation to become an approved alternative shelter facility, contact the Bend Fire Department Prevention Division at 541-322-6309.
Anne Aurand | Communications Director
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Bend is a high-elevation mountain town that often sees more than 20 or 30 inches of snow in an average winter. The City has put together some Winter Tips to help you stay safe, get informed and get ready!
This new online resource includes information about driving, parking, street plowing, shoveling and protecting your home during wintery weather. Check it out and be sure to share it with friends and family.
A public meeting will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM at the Deschutes County Title located at 397 Upper Terrace Drive.
The proposal includes a Site Plan for a 120 unit multifamily housing development that includes multiple properties (six tax lots) located immediately west of the Bend Parkway (US Hwy 97) and north of Reed Lane.
A public meeting will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 12 noon to 1 PM at the office of Pinnacle Architecture located at 960 SW Disk Drive, Suite 101, Bend, Oregon.
The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the land use application for a Master Plan Amendment and Site Plan for property located at 400 SW Bond Street. A Master Plan Amendment is necessary to modify a 2006 Master Development Plan of a 5.93-acre mixed use development called "The Village." See more here...
by Anne Aurand
The media and the public are invited to join a public tour of the City’s Water Filtration Facility from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. To sign up for the tour go to www.bendoregon.gov/watertour.
The tour is a way the City’s Utility Department is honoring the national annual “Imagine A Day Without Water” campaign which is meant to raise awareness about the value of water. The “Imagine A Day Without Water” event is October 12.
In the United States, most consumers have clean water systems that bring fresh water into their homes and business. They also have reliable infrastructure systems that take the wastewater away to be safely treated and returned to the environment.
But what would happen if no water came out of the tap to brush your teeth, or if you couldn’t flush the toilet? A Day Without Water would mean firefighters wouldn’t have water to put out fires, farmers couldn’t water crops, and doctors couldn’t wash their hands before treating patients.
Bend has two great water sources: surface water from the Bridge Creek Municipal Watershed and groundwater from the deep Deschutes regional aquifer. To be responsible stewards of this resource, the City continually invests in conservation and sustainable management.
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Welcome to the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association
We are a volunteer group of members, interested in our local neighborhood and the City of Bend. We welcome your participation.