Jeff Bender, Truckee planning commissioner |

Jeff Bender, Truckee planning commissioner

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunJeff Bender

Jeff Bender calls himself the “Energy Dude.”

A mechanical engineer by trade, Bender has immersed himself in energy conservation and green building in Truckee and North Tahoe. That passion for environmentally sound design spills over to his position on the planning commission.

“Green building is really common sense,” said Bender.

The planning commission is now working to update Truckee’s development code, the guidelines for planning project design. And Bender has promised to push for as much Green Building emphasis as possible in the document.

“The development code is the big nut we have to crack,” said Bender.

Bender is focusing on the development code, since conflicts of interest will force him to sit out decisions on important projects such as Joerger Ranch, Hilltop and the Railyard.

Bender is also the youngest planning commissioner, a business owner and a father of two children.

Bender said he might be interested in serving on the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board at a later date since it matches up well with his passion for energy conservation.

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