Commitment to Equity

The Environmental Center’s mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. We define Central oregon as Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties.

Sustainability is supported by three interdependent pillars that influence one another (for better or for worse): a healthy environment, social equity, and economic vitality. We see sustainability as both an active process and an outcome we strive for. It is what we want to achieve; and it is also how we get there. Our work helps to shape sustainable communities that meet human needs equitably, live within our planet’s ecological limits, and build a prosperous economy for all — without compromising the ability for future generations to do the same.

(Learn more about the definition of sustainability here via Institute for Sustainable Communities.)   

Here in Central Oregon, The Environmental Center has historically paid close attention to nurturing the healthy environment pillar by improving environmental literacy and access to outdoor education, and helping our community to conserve water and energy, to reduce waste, and to transition away from fossil fuels. More recently, we have bolstered the economic pillar by advocating for policies and infrastructure that support smart growth, safe walking, biking and transit, and by partnering with environmentally responsible businesses.