How to Make a Public Comment

December 1, 2022

Photo taken in 2016: Russ Donnelly, Mike Riley, Skylar Grayson, Nikki Roemmer at City Council Communicating with your elected officials is such an important part of the change-making process. They need to hear from you, their constituents, to know what you value and how you think our communities should be improved. Read on to learn […]

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Take Action for Earth Month – Sign Up to Switch to Solar Energy!

April 15, 2022

Even if you don’t own your home, your roof is too shaded, or any of the other reasons you haven’t been able to go solar before. As we all grapple with the stark realities that were laid out for us by the world’s leading climate scientists in the United Nations’ sixth climate assessment report, taking […]

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Applications open! Join a community conversation to give feedback on energy expenses

April 4, 2022

Community Gathering to Give Feedback on Living Expenses Focused on Energy Expenses Para leer este información en español, vea abajo.  Huong (Sherry) Tran will be facilitating two 5-7-person focus groups in early-mid May on behalf of The Environmental Center to gain the perspectives of people from communities who have traditionally not been engaged by local […]

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Welcome Grace, our newest AmeriCorps member

November 16, 2021

We are excited to have Grace Andrews joining our team to expand our capacity to dig into some important and timely energy conversations in our region.  Grace is an AmeriCorps member with Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE), a program that increases capacity for communities across Oregon to tackle community-based projects. Grace graduated from Colby […]

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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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