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Rethink Waste Project Celebrates Five Years Organizing Repair Cafés in Central Oregon
October 15, 2018
On Thursday, October 18, 2018, it will be exactly nine years since Martine Postma organized the very first Repair Café in Amsterdam. Today there are over 1,600 Repair Cafés in 33 countries on six continents. Here in our own backyard, The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project organized the first local event five years ago at […]Read More
The Energy Challenge Installs LED Light Bulbs in 5,000th home in Central Oregon
October 8, 2018
The Energy Challenge, a program of The Environmental Center, is proud to announce they installed free LED light bulbs in the 5,000th home in Central Oregon. Over the past three years, the program has installed over 75,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the bucket, […]Read More
Garden For Every School Fall 2018 Update
October 2, 2018
We are excited to be kicking off another school year rolling out our Garden for Every School initiative – our community effort to support school garden development in a way that is unique to each school’s needs, and done so with long-term sustainability in mind. To begin the school year, 14 local garden educators (potentially […]Read More
Help to Write Bend’s Climate Legacy
October 1, 2018
There was recently a really interesting and visually compelling story featured in The Washington Post. Imagine an arctic lake in the Western Brooks Range that hisses and bubbles as it releases hard-hitting methane gas into our atmosphere. Now consider this same lake bed ALSO contains craters that show signs of unleashing ancient fossil fuels from a […]Read More
Water Cycle Education Program Highlights
September 26, 2018
The Environmental Center and the City of Bend are expanding our Water Cycle Education Program to include a pilot full-day field trip around Tumalo Falls. Our goal is to deepen students’ sense of watershed stewardship and boost their awareness through visiting utility facilities, interactive games, exploring models, and discussions with local water conservation professionals, hydrologists, […]Read More
Green Tour Sneak Peek #3-Locally generated renewable energy
September 20, 2018
Homegrown renewable energy is expanding in Central Oregon–both for residential use and utility-scale and rightfully so. We have some of the best solar potential in the US. This is an opportunity to visit a solar farm and get behind the scenes. Local Cypress Creek Renewables staff will be on site at the solar farm on […]Read More
Sign up for the Rethink Food Waste Challenge
September 4, 2018
Food waste is a big issue here in the United States! About 1/4 of what people bring home from the grocery store ends up in the trash. In this episode of EnviroAnswers, Ani provides some tips on how to organize your fridge and shop smarter – in ways that will reduce your waste. Are you up […]Read More
Green Tour Sneak Peek #2
August 31, 2018
In addition to green homes, this year’s Green Tour will also showcase two commercial buildings that are leading the way to a clean energy future. Both happen to be nonprofit organizations and are demonstrating that energy efficiency and renewable energy is good for the bottom line. The new Bend Science Station is a living laboratory for students to […]Read More
Show us your clean campsite to win!
August 23, 2018
Camping is a great way to enjoy nature, spend time with your crew, and find some peace & quiet. But if you’re generating a lot of trash on your weekend adventures, it’s a real burn on Mother Earth. In this short video, we share some great tips on how to have a CLEAN CAMPSITE! Now […]Read More
Green Tour Sneak Peek
August 15, 2018
This year, the Green Tour will showcase a whole spectrum of homes that are doing their part to save energy. Each year, we are fortunate to find homeowners, businesses, and builders who are willing to show us what they’ve been working on and share their ideas so that we can all find the energy-saving potential […]Read More