ACTION ALERT: Final Push to Pass The Climate Friendly & Equitable Communities Rules

May 12, 2022

Update 6/21/22: The Land Conservation & Development Commission (LCDC) passed only temporary rules in late-May, which means we are not quite over the finish line on these rules. Despite more than 18 months of work and compromise, many opponents showed up at the last minute and pressured LCDC to take a bit more time. And […]

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It’s Almost GO Time!

October 1, 2021

Key Transportation Bond Investment Decisions Coming Soon—Make Your Voice Heard Last fall, Bend voters approved a $190 million bond measure to improve our transportation system. The Environmental Center helped lead the campaign to pass the general obligation (GO) bond because it included over $60 million in investments in safety, walking, biking, and transit. Those investments […]

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New Year, New Leaders

February 23, 2021

New Opportunities for Sustainability and Justice A letter from our Executive Director, Mike Riley.  It’s a relief to have adults back in The White House. It’s hard to imagine a more disturbing start to a new year than an armed insurrection incited by a sitting president and carried out by a mob that paraded the […]

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Vote Yes on Measure 9-135, Bend’s Transportation Bond

October 12, 2020

For two years, City staff, consultants and a 22-member Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) worked on a long-range plan for Bend’s transportation future. With your help, we worked hard to make sure this plan emphasized moving people rather than just moving cars by prioritizing safety, walking, biking and transit improvements. Now, we need your help […]

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Action Alerts: Speak with local leaders this week

June 16, 2020

1. Bend’s New Transportation Plan Enters Final Stretch  Let local leaders know you support it. After two years of hard work, Bend’s Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) recently held their final meeting. A big thank you to all 21 CTAC members—including our very own Mike Riley, one of the co-chairs, and Board Member Glenn Van […]

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Lots of change with COVID-19

April 2, 2020

Wow—how quickly our world has changed in just one month.  Like everyone else, we are adapting to the challenges and risks posed by COVID-19. We’ve shut down our meetings rooms and continue to deep clean our facility. Our staff are working primarily from home, coming into the office only when absolutely necessary and figuring out […]

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Individual action is crucial… but is it enough?

October 16, 2019

A simple but powerful mission guides our work here at The Environmental Center: to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. As Peter Geiser, one of our founders, says, “It starts with personal change, then change in the place we live, then change in the world.” As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, I’ve been […]

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Intersections Ahead

May 29, 2019

Bend Needs a Transportation System That’s Good for People and the Planet Our mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. It’s a large, complex job that intersects with many other economic and social challenges. I believe sustainability is about relationships—our relationship with the environment that supports us and our relationship with […]

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Action Alert: Think Global, Act Local

February 1, 2019

A letter from our Executive Director, Mike Riley. A simple but powerful idea guides our work here at The Environmental Center: Local action can make a world of difference. I’m reminded of its importance as we enter the new year and a new season of decision-making by our elected leaders. Climate change is the environmental […]

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Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Completed

July 27, 2018

Results to be presented on August 2nd On September 7, 2016, the Bend City Council adopted a Climate Action Resolution that laid out a clear pathway for Bend to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Now, almost two years later, Bend’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory is complete and action planning is about to get started. Next […]

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