Applications for the 2012 Sustainability Awards are now being accepted

The Environmental Center is now accepting applications for the 2012 Sustainability Awards. Applications will be accepted through August 31st.  Awards will be given to a citizen, small business, large business, and organization (agency and nonprofit) that are leading the way to a sustainable future in Central Oregon.

Application forms and information about the awards can be found on The Environmental Center’s website at

The Environmental Center hosts the annual Sustainability Awards as a way of highlighting the determined and persistent change makers—in business, government, nonprofit, and the community—who are essential to achieving a sustainable future. By showcasing their commitment to a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and an equitable society, we hope to inspire even more sustainable action in Central Oregon.

The awards ceremony will take place on October 18th, 2012 at the Jungers Culinary Center.

Last year’s awards went to:

Individual: Matt Shinderman
Small Business: Pacific Crest Affordable Housing
Large Business: NorthWest Crossing
Organization: Bend-La Pine Schools
Innovation: Sara Bella* Upcycled
Innovation: Bend Broadband – Vault Data Center

About The Environmental Center

The Environmental Center’s mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon.  We translate sustainability into practical action in order to create a healthy future for people and the planet.

Our programs incorporate education and advocacy to advance our vision of a sustainable Central Oregon. They include: zero waste of materials, energy and water; advocating for a regional public transit system; youth education; advocating for and supporting sustainability initiatives by local governments and businesses, and operating a community campus that demonstrates sustainability in action.

Find us on the web at or at our public facility at 16 NW Kansas Avenue in downtown Bend, Oregon.