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Bend Centennial Parking garage rooftop solar array.

We employ energy efficiency and fossil fuel reduction policies to guide City operations and growth plans.


The City of Bend is committed to making progress toward Climate Action Goals established by Council Resolution to reduce:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions from City facilities and operations to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2030
  • Fossil fuel use for City facilities and operations by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050
  • Community wide fossil fuel use by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050


Efficient use of energy and conversion to renewable energy sources are the two main types of action we can all take to achieve these goals. The City is embarking on a planning process now and we want you to be a part of it!

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The City will develop a Strategic Energy Management Plan by Fall 2019 and begin implementing new projects that reduce energy use and generate renewable energy for City facilities and operations.

2014 City of Bend Greenhouse Gas Emissions*

Pie chart showing 2014 City of Bend Greenhouse Gas Emissions source percentages. 64% electricity, 15% natural gas, 6% transmission & distribution losses, 6% employee commute, 5% wastewater, 3% waste and 1% fleet.

*Total emissions: 21,155 tons eCO2

To date, the City has reduced 11.5% of electricity use at City Facilities.

The City Has Solar

In 2011, the city installed a 33 kilowatt solar array on top of the Bend Centennial Parking Plaza downtown. Visit the Bend Centennial Parking Solar Array Monitoring Dashboard to see how it's performing.


The City is about to launch a community engagement process for climate action planning.

City Council is now accepting applications for the 11-member Climate Action Steering Committee (CASC), that will help develop the community climate action plan. The deadline for application submittal is 5 p.m. on March 2, 2018. Learn more about the CASC and submit an online application.

Sign up here if you want to be a part of the community engagement process for climate action planning:

Visit Our Community Partners:

The Environmental Center logo
The Energy Challenge logo.
Funders' Network logo.
The Oregon Community Foundation logo.
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