Embedding sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon

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Want to know all things sustainability happening in Central Oregon? Then keep in touch with us! The best way to do that is via our e-newsletter, Living The Green, which we send out twice a month. We’ll send you information on the latest news, events and other happenings. Sign up now!

Check the box next to various ‘groups’ you may be interested, including:

Kansas Avenue Learning Garden – our Learning Garden for children and the community
Green Drinks Events – Networking events every other month, where we bring together green businesses and community members
Climate Action Alerts – Timely updates for when action is needed at the local level
SalemWatch 2017 – Resources and information to learn about what’s happening in Salem and priorities for our environmental community

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Two Bend Residents Attend Climate Reality Leadership

Bend locals Caroline Skidmore and her 14-year-old son, Jack Skidmore, recently returned from a three day Climate Reality Leadership training event, presented by former US Vice President Al Gore. Gore, climate scientists and top leaders in environmental policy and renewable business practices spent the weekend teaching community leaders about what’s happening to our planet and […]

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week, March 4-11th, seems like the perfect time for us to share a little bit about our relationship with AmeriCorps NCCC over the past 2 years. The Environmental Center has been extremely fortunate to host and work with four AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) teams. AmeriCorps NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through […]

The Environmental Center Expands More Programs into Redmond

The Environmental Center in Bend, Ore. is excited to announce several program expansions into the Redmond community this year. Starting in January, the Free LED Installation Program expanded its service area to include Tumalo and Redmond. This program is a partnership with both Central Electric Cooperative and Pacific Power. Residents in these communities can sign […]

$1,500 Awarded to Bend-La Pine Schools for Energy Reduction

Bend-La Pine Schools supported the work of the Bend Energy Challenge through the Energy Conservation Challenge for all schools. The goal was to mobilize everyone comprising the BLS team — administrators/supervisors, principals, assistant principals, teachers, facilities staff, nutrition staff and all school employees – to help to improve energy efficiency through changes in operating practices. […]

Youth Water Education Program Expands

The Environmental Center is pleased to announce our new youth education program “Water Down the Pipes: An Understanding of Wastewater.” In partnership with the City of Redmond, we will present this FREE program focused on human interaction with the water cycle and wastewater treatment. Students will enjoy a hands-on, NGSS-aligned lesson that provides background knowledge for […]

Public Transit Funding Tools for Central Oregon

A robust public transit system is a cornerstone of a livable community. It helps people get to work, get to school and access a whole range of services they need every day.  It also reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. But funding a robust transit system remains a challenge here in Central Oregon. We […]

‘Desert Rain’ Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

We are very proud to share that Bend is now home to the United State’s first ever Living Building Challenge (LBC) residence! This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we’re excited to have this shining example of green building right here in our own community. The home, called ‘Desert Rain’, is owned by locals Tom Elliott and […]

Climate Action Update

City Council Setting Goals: Councilors Need to Hear that Climate Action is a Priority for Bend Residents Next week, the Bend City Council will establish goals for the next two years. The City Council is seeking input on the new goals from Bend residents. The goals will set priorities for City staff and help shape […]

Fabric Donations Needed for Earth Day Project

Help us collect used fabric for a special Earth Day project that will be showcased on April 22nd at the parade! See below for details.

Our new ride is all electric!

The Environmental Center just purchased its first car. This is a big step for an organization that promotes active transportation and is trying to help the Central Oregon community reduce its carbon footprint. In order to expand programs cost effectively – the Energy Challenge’s free LED program, in particular – it became necessary to have […]

Mountainfilm on Tour to Arrive in Bend February 24 & 25

WHAT: A fundraiser for The Environmental Center, featuring two nights of inspirational documentary films with themes of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure. The event showcases the very best of Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, an annual film festival in Colorado with a mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to create a […]

Intern Spotlight: Alondra Schuster

Meet Alondra, our rockstar intern! Alondra has been involved with our organization for quite some time now – and in a variety of programs – so we thought it was time you got to know her. Here’s a little bit about her, in her own words. Come say hi to Alondra at Green Drinks this […]

Calling all Energy Heroes in Redmond and Bend!

You may have heard that we have some very exciting news for 2017 –we have our expanded our free LED light bulb installation program to serve Redmond and Tumalo! We have already reached 2,400 homes in Bend and our goal is to reach another 600 homes in the next 6 months. To put that in perspective, […]

Light Up the Night with Candlelight Dinners

Local Bend businesses with a history of sustainable practices are partnering with the Bend Energy Challenge team to bring fun candlelight dining nights to Bend’s holiday season. The goal is to connect people to efficient LED lighting and other energy-saving practices at a time when energy use spikes. “Everyone uses more interior and exterior lighting […]

Think Local. Take Action.

It’s been nearly three weeks since the election, and truth be told, I am still reeling. It’s still hard to know where the Trump Administration will actually go, as the president-elect is making all sorts of statements that contradict what he said during the campaign. But it’s clear we need to get ready to defend and […]