Local change.
A world of difference.

Our mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. To us, that means driving local change that makes a world of difference.

What's Happening!

Stay up to date on our upcoming events and program offerings.


Make Eggshell Garden Starts at Happy Hour in the Garden!

Join us on Tuesday, June 4 from 4-6pm in partnership with Deschutes Public Library for a hands-on workshop on how to start plants using eggshells.

Stop by Happy Hour in the Garden to plant some eggshell starts, and feel free to volunteer in the learning garden afterwards (optional). This is a family friendly event - no experience or tools necessary. Beer and bubbly will be provided!

RFPs Open for Solarize Campaign

In partnership with Energize Bend, we are currently seeking contractor partner(s) for a Solarize Campaign starting in fall 2024! RFPs are due Friday, June 14, 2024.

NEW! Home Energy Assessment Program Launch Information Session

Join us on Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30-6:30pm at The Environmental Center to learn about our new Home Energy Assessment program. Find out if you qualify for discounts that may cover the full cost of energy efficiency home upgrades! Homeowners and renters are welcome.

Our Programs

Putting our passion to work every day to protect our planet, her people, and the future our children will inherit. Join us!

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Envisioning a community that makes responsible decisions about the consumption, use, and disposal of materials.

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Decarbonizing our energy, transportation, and waste systems to tackle climate change head on.

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Helping students understand the connection between humans and the environment, and to make decisions that reduce their impact.

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Growing a network of garden educators and a “Garden For Every School” in Central Oregon.

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Working together to strengthen policies and infrastructure that protect the environment and support economic success.

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Hosting a number of events throughout the year to educate, engage, and empower Central Oregon residents and visitors.

Eco Central

Investing in a vision of Central Oregon as a region that is both ecologically sustainable and economically vibrant.

The Eco Central campaign is shaping the future of our community and planet through education, advocacy and collaboration — all from a new, planned permanent facility that will be a community hub for action.

The Hub

Since 1988, we’ve been your go-to resource, community convener, and friendly neighborhood sustainability hub

Join the Green Workforce!

Find out about current job openings at The Environmental Center, or browse other environment and sustainability-related opportunities here in the region.


Host a meeting or event at TEC

Located in the heart of downtown Bend, The Environmental Center offers a wonderful meeting space for your next event. Each year, we host over 500 meetings from workshops and training events to private parties and clubs.

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Make your next event green with reusable dishware

The Rethink Waste Project offers durable dishware kits in an effort to encourage the community to make the switch from disposables to reusables. Three (3) kits are available in sets of (25) place settings. A kit includes: cups, bowls, plates, spoons, forks, and knives.

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Check out these upcoming events happening right here in Central Oregon!

Featured Event

Repair Café at SCP Redmond

Join us for Repair Café with host SCP Redmond Hotel! Got a broken something? Bring it to one…

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Upcoming Events