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Youth Education Intern Spotlight: Erika Cook
January 19, 2021
Erika Cook has been around The Environmental Center for quite some time, so you may recognize her! Last winter, as part of her final semester at OSU-Cascades, she shadowed our youth educators during classroom EarthSmart lessons. Here, she learned the ins and outs of working with students and really enjoyed the experience. Later in the […]Read More
Take action: Share your priorities with Bend City Councilors
January 18, 2021
New City Council Means New Goals Let The Council Know Your Thoughts Today Every two years, right after new Bend City Councilors are sworn in, the City Council sets new goals to guide the Council’s and staff’s work, and the City’s two-year budget, over the next biennium. The new Council’s goal setting meetings are this […]Read More
Wrap it up: we’re talking about the holidays.
January 4, 2021
Holidays happen all the time. So does gift giving. These tips are great for the great, grand holiday season we tend to celebrate in December each year, but they also work for thinking about gift giving year round. Birthdays, for example? Single-Use Wrapping Paper Alternatives Reuse your paper! One local family has been reusing wrapping […]Read More
Recycle your Holiday Tree
December 28, 2020
As our Deschutes County Knott Landfill continues to fill up (it is anticipated to be full by 2029), we want to do our best to keep what we can out of it. And that includes your holiday tree! Trees can be turned into compost or mulch for reuse rather than rotting and decomposing into methane […]Read More
Update on Rethink Waste Project’s multifamily recycling project!
December 10, 2020
Remember WAY back in 2019, that The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project won a grant from DEQ? Well, despite all the challenges this year has brought we’ve still been able to move forward with the project. Here’s what we’ve been up to so far. Recycle Right Toolkits We began the project focusing on two different […]Read More
Single Use Disposables. Are they actually better than reusables?
November 30, 2020
What’s better, paper or plastic? Single-use foodware made of petroleum-based or compostable plastics? A reusable canvas bag or a single-use plastic bag? A plastic-lined paper coffee cup or a durable reusable stainless steel Hydroflask? Many studies have been done comparing different product materials using what’s called a life cycle analysis or LCA. This is a […]Read More
What do you do with broken crayon bits? Don’t toss ’em!
November 23, 2020
Ya know when you’re using a box of crayons and they break into little bits to the point where they are just hard to use anymore? Well Julie A. C. Wilson of Jactra Studios showed me a way to re-purpose or re-use them without tossing them. You could do it too! How to make new […]Read More
Deadline Extended! Rethink Waste Community Waste Reduction Grants Still Available
November 20, 2020
Because of COVID and the holidays, we have decided to extend the grant proposal deadline to January 20! We would love to help your idea get off the ground with a $500-$2000 grant award to businesses, organizations, or individuals. We’ve seen such an increase in single-use disposables since the start of the pandemic and we […]Read More
Use the WHOLE Bird!
November 18, 2020
I don’t know about you, but my Thanksgiving plans were thwarted by Kate Brown’s newest COVID-prevention orders. My outdoor buffet-style gathering of 7 from 6 different households is no longer ok. Sigh. And we already bought the turkey. In the spirit of #nofoodwaste, in honor of the life that was taken to feed me and […]Read More
A few thoughts about waste, awareness, and November.
November 9, 2020
Imagine your perfect 4th-Thursday-in-November holiday scenario. What does it look like? In the year 2020 (an election year, at that), the economy isn’t doing great and many people have lost their jobs due to a global pandemic. It’s unsafe to travel and gather in large groups. And we are in the midst of the biggest […]Read More