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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 […]

A Post-Election Message

These last two days have been difficult here at The Environmental Center. Mostly, I am grieving. The evidence from the presidential campaign is clear: a Trump administration will be hostile to environmental protection generally and to meaningful climate action specifically. Recent steps forward will be rolled back and climate leadership from our national government is […]

2016 Sustainability Award Winners Recognized

The 2016 Sustainability Awards were announced by The Environmental Center tonight at a celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The Environmental Center received 12 nominations and the winners were selected by a community review committee. “Sustainability is a big, complex topic,” said Mike Riley, Executive Director of The Environmental Center. “Achieving it […]

Repair Café Returns to DIYcave

The Rethink Waste Project will be returning to DIYcave for a Fall Repair Café on Tuesday November 15th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Volunteer fixers will be on hand to help fix broken items, including small appliances, clothing, knit goods, outdoor gear, electronics, jewelry, and small furniture. DIYcave staff will also be utilizing their on-site […]

Free Energy Assessments for Small Businesses

The Bend Energy Challenge, in conjunction with the Green Impact Campaign, is hosting a great volunteer opportunity for college students this fall, and 20 students from OSU-Cascades and COCC have jumped on board! The Green Impact Campaign’s “Kilowatt Smackdown” is a national competition where college students go out and do energy assessments for small businesses […]

Tickets On Sale for the 2016 Sustainability Awards

A limited number of tickets are now available for the 2016 Sustainability Awards on November 3, 2016. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited and this event will sell out. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online. What: The 2016 Sustainability Awards – an event honoring Central Oregon’s sustainability leaders and innovators […]

Growing Classroom Workshop: Garden-Based Learning Intensive for Educators

Where: The Environmental Center and the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden When: October 22-23, 2016 Who: Teachers, Parents, Community Educators Why: To strengthen and grow existing garden-based learning programs in Central Oregon through a 2 day educator workshop kicking off a local Garden Educator Network. The Environmental Center is excited to be hosting a Life Lab […]

Input Needed: Biomass Energy Survey

Share what you think about biomass energy… Your input is needed! Please take this 5-question survey to share your thoughts on biomass energy in Central Oregon. (You could win a 40oz Hydro Flask!) We’re sharing this survey on behalf of Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) in order to gather feedback from the environmental community. COIC […]

Welcome, Jess!

The Environmental Center team welcomes Jess Ludmer to our youth education team! Jess joined us in September as a Sustainability Educator and the lead on our Water Education program. Jess jumped right in, and has already started teaching outdoor school days this fall! Jess joined TEC with over 10 years of classroom and field experience, […]

Green Spotlight: Mark Nicholas

Meet Mark, our BEC policy intern! Mark has been interning at the Environmental Center since January, primarily with the Bend Energy Challenge team. For his first project, he worked with government officials and local solar contractors to examine and further streamline the solar PV permitting process for residential customers. Currently, Mark is looking into energy efficiency for homes here […]

Milestone: 25,000th LED Bulb Installed

The Bend Energy Challenge Free LED Program has officially installed 25,000 LED bulbs and 2,250 water-saving fixtures in homes across Bend! This program will collectively save residents $185,000 in energy costs each year. The energy saved is the equivalent of taking 259 cars off the road! You can still sign up for 16 free LEDs […]

Thank you, Kirin!

Kirin Stryker has moved on from our organization after accepting a position at Powell Butte Community Charter School as their Placed-Based Coordinator. Kirin served as a Sustainability Educator at The Environmental Center for three years, teaching many different classroom lessons from the Great Garbage Game to the Hidden World. She was also the lead on […]

Bend Energy Challenge Week and 16th Annual Green Tour

The Environmental Center is excited to announce this year’s Bend Energy Challenge Week and the 16th Annual Green Tour – a week of energy education and inspiration for everyone – businesses, residents, and the building community. The schedule of events includes sixteen educational workshops, an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive event, and a diverse tour […]