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We’re Hiring: Membership & Outreach Manager
October 3, 2019
Position available: Membership & Outreach Manager Desired start date: Approximately January 6, 2020 Location: 16 NW Kansas Ave. Bend, OR Please submit applications by: November 1, 2019 About Us: The Environmental Center (TEC) is a regional hub of environmental education, engagement, and action. With support from our communities, we work to advance a healthy, vibrant […]Read More
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 […]Read More
New Youth Educator: Geneva Mayall
October 10, 2019
This August, we added a new member to our Youth Education team. Meet Geneva Mayall. She was born and raised in Central Oregon and graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Biology. Geneva has worked with kids in a variety of scopes including teaching science labs, leading a walking school bus […]Read More
Green Spotlight: Jose Saldivar
October 1, 2019
Let us introduce you to Jose Saldivar, a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Intern who’s making a big difference in our local schools! In December 2018, Jose joined our team to work directly with Jackie Wilson – our Education Director, who doubles as the Bend-La Pine Schools Sustainability Coordinator – on energy conservation projects across the […]Read More
Charge Ahead Expansion
September 27, 2019
Fall 2019 Oregon EV Rebate Program Updates The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved the expansion of the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, making it easier for people to purchase electric vehicles. Oregonians who bought or leased eligible electric vehicles between Jan. 1 and Aug. 2, 2018, will once again be allowed to apply for rebates […]Read More
Open the Door to Savings with EPS
September 24, 2019
Open the door to energy savings with EPS Experience the beauty of energy efficiency at this year’s Green Tour. You’ll find homes built for quality, comfort and efficiency, with an EPS™ to prove it. EPS, brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, is an energy performance scoring system that gives you an inside look […]Read More
Welcome to the Year of Solar + Storage
September 19, 2019
A message from E2 Solar, presenting sponsor of the 2019 Green Tour. Solar + storage may be a new term for many, but the 2019 Green Tour marks a transition point for solar + storage in Central Oregon and beyond. You will have a chance to see, in person, solar + storage systems that allow […]Read More
Summer in our Learning Garden
September 9, 2019
Thank You Volunteers! Last week we wrapped up another great summer season of volunteering in our Kansas Avenue Learning Garden! Our Happy Hour in the Garden open weekly volunteer series is how we are able to get a lot of things done in the garden during the growing season, and collectively those volunteers contributed almost […]Read More
Green Tour Volunteer Spotlight: Kerie Raymond
September 3, 2019
Our annual Green Tour highlights innovation in sustainable design while still demonstrating how everyday people can save energy at home and at work. Kerie Raymond, a naturopathic Doctor at Hawthorne Healing Arts Center, has volunteered during this event for the past five years! Kerie has personal interests that align with the Green Tour, including energy […]Read More
Sign Up for 2019-2020 Youth Education Programs
August 27, 2019
This blog post is especially geared toward our phenomenal educators in Central Oregon. Back to school, back to school! It’s time to sign up for FREE environmental education programs with The Environmental Center. This year, we are bringing more programs to you with a new educator (you’ll have a chance to meet her in an […]Read More