Act Today! Submit your comments on the Climate Protection Plan

October 4, 2021

Written comments on the draft Climate Protection Plan are due by Monday, October 25th! Right now, you can help make climate protection in Oregon stronger by adding your voice to demand DEQ strengthens the draft Climate Protection Program (CPP) rules.  While the Climate Protection Program has the potential to be a meaningful tool to replace […]

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Meet Udara, our new Rethink Waste Program Manager!

July 19, 2021

The Rethink Waste Project has welcomed a new team member! Udara Abeysekera (she/her) will be the new Program Manager. Our previous Program Manager, Ani Kasch, is moving on to new work and her humor and passion for reducing waste is going to be missed.   Udara moved to Central Oregon to be closer to family, […]

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Accessory Dwelling Units: A Sustainable Housing Solution

September 24, 2020

Guest post from Mary Hearn, ADU Enthusiast & Advocate Learn more about the ADU Lab here.  Allowing homeowners to add accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to their property is one of the most promising infill development strategies we have for increasing our supply of housing within the existing fabric of our community. Many communities across the […]

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With EPS, energy performance is in the details

September 22, 2020

Guest post from Energy Trust of Oregon See the benefits of energy-efficient homes at this year’s virtual Central Oregon Green Tour. Energy experts and homeowners will give you the insider’s scoop and lead video tours of EPSTM rated homes built for quality, comfort and efficiency. Brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, EPS is […]

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Get involved with Bend’s climate future

July 8, 2020

The City of Bend is actively recruiting nine positions for the Environment and Climate Committee (ECC) until July 31, 2020. During the June 17th, 2020 City Council meeting, Bend City Council voted to establish the Environment and Climate Committee. The committee’s primary focus is to provide input and recommendations to the City Council on topics […]

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5 ways to save energy in your kitchen while quarantined

April 6, 2020

Don’t let social distancing get the best of your energy budget! These are some tried-and-true ways to save energy that are extra relevant while you’re quarantined at home. Whether it’s just you or your whole family, there are a lot more meals happening in our own kitchens than ever before. 1. Use your dishwasher. We […]

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Going Solar in 2020

February 11, 2020

New pots of money mean growing opportunities for solar access In 2020, just about everything we knew about solar incentives has been shaken up. Here’s a quick overview of what is happening on the solar coaster this year. Oregon Solar and Solar + Storage Rebate Program HB 2618​ (2019) created a new solar and solar plus […]

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Help Defend Solar Energy: Extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

December 9, 2019

Why? Solar energy is the most impactful renewable technology we have to invest in local communities and address climate change. The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most successful bipartisan clean energy policies ever passed and has helped build a robust solar industry in the United States. It also enjoys overwhelming public support, with 89% of Americans favoring an […]

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Local Realtors share their take on the Home Energy Score

November 28, 2019

Proposed Mandate Will Shine a Light on Home Energy Use Submitted by: Abbie + Rick Sams, licensed brokers, Team Sams at Fred Real Estate Group The City of Bend’s Climate Action Steering Committee has been diligently working on the Community Climate Action Plan, CCAP, which will help guide the City and the community in pursuit […]

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Mandatory transparency, not mandatory change

November 20, 2019

Local Realtors share their take on the Home Energy Score Submitted by: Mike Tucker, licensed broker  My name is Mike Tucker. I’m a real estate broker with Windemere Real Estate. I’ve been working in the Central Oregon market for 5 years. I participated in the Working Groups that the Climate Action Steering Committee used to […]

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