City Club of Central Oregon March Forum: What Does the Georgetown University Energy Prize Have to Do With Us?


Bend has officially advanced to the Semifinal round of the national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C., Bend was announced as one of the 50 local communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency. The City Club forum is set for March 19.

This interactive City Club session will present an overview of what the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition means, how every Bend citizen can play a part, why it matters, and what could be done with the $5M prize.

“The Energy Prize competition challenges local communities to tap their imagination and work collaboratively to reduce energy consumption”, said Bend Mayor Jim Clinton. “It’s great fit for Bend’s creative, competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, and gives us a unique opportunity to build momentum for a clean, efficient and renewable energy future in Bend. ”

Bend’s local team in the Energy Prize competition is called The Bend Energy Challenge, a collaborative project of The Environmental Center and local utilities, government, schools and private businesses. The Bend Energy Challenge hopes to persuade 5,500 Bend households to reduce their energy use by at least 10 percent, through a combination of low-cost and do-it-yourself energy saving activities, home retrofits and going solar. They are also working with local government agencies to reduce their energy use by at least 10% at publicly owned and operated facilities throughout Bend.

March 19, 2015 (Thursday)
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PST

St Charles Center for Health and Learning
2500 NE Neff Rd
Bend, OR 97702

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum

This will eliminate the line of folks who pay at the door and will move all attendees through much quicker.

Registration closes at 5pm on Monday, March 16

$20 for members; $35 for non-members. Buffet lunch included.

Day of Forum
Walk-ins may be available for members only the day of the forum for $35.


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