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City of Bend Needs Volunteers to Help Develop its Climate Action Plan

February 14, 2018

Do you want to see the Bend community become a leader in reducing climate pollution? Now is your chance, by serving on the City of Bend’s Climate Action Steering Committee. Last week, the Bend City Council established the Climate Action Steering Committee to work with City staff to develop a climate action plan for the […]

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Support Bills to Reduce Climate Pollution

February 6, 2018

*Update on 2/15:  Clean Energy Jobs and the Home WRAP bill are officially moving forward! Earlier this week, thanks to your efforts, the bills passed out of their respective committees. On Monday, we joined several hundred fellow Oregonians in Salem for a very successful and well-attended Lobby Day. It was an inspiring day, demonstrating that Oregonians […]

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Mountainfilm on Tour to Arrive in Bend

February 5, 2018

WHAT: Two nights of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every year in Telluride, Colorado. The tour will soon visit Bend at the Tower Theatre on February 23-24 with films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences […]

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Garden Grants Award Winners Announced

January 31, 2018

The Environmental Center is proud to announce the winners of their inaugural Garden Grant Program. Through community, business and foundation support, $7,500 in funds were awarded to seven school garden projects throughout Central Oregon. Schools receiving award funds include: Bear Creek Elementary, Bend International School, Sisters Elementary School, Three Rivers School, REALMS, Seed to Table […]

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Let’s Talk Dirty Furnace Filters

January 17, 2018

Want in on a dirty little secret? A less-than-pristine furnace filter could be costing you. Furnaces with dirty filters or ducts waste energy and money, shorten the life of your furnace, and pollute your indoor air. The good news? Cleaning up your furnace’s act starts with changing the filter regularly. It is recommended that you […]

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The Environmental Center and Whole Foods Team Up to Recycle

January 16, 2018

The Environmental Center and Whole Foods Market in Bend are teaming up to accept #1 plastic clamshells for drop-off recycling. Deschutes County currently accepts plastic bottles, tubs and jugs in the curbside recycling carts, at Deschutes Recycling and the county-wide transfer stations. Clamshells are often mistakenly thought of as an acceptable plastic in the mixed […]

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Bend Recognized for Exceptional Performance in National Competition

December 19, 2017

The Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) recognized Bend today for exceptional performance in a national competition to reduce energy use and win a $5 million prize. Bend ranked 17th out of 49 small- to medium-sized communities in the competition. Bend joined the competition in January 2015. Its team, called The Bend Energy Challenge, was organized […]

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December in the School Garden

December 15, 2017

Winter has set into the high desert, dusting every surface with a layer of frost each morning. Frozen solid ground and freezing temperatures make garden lessons difficult in December. Luckily there are lots of garden-based hands-on lessons that you can lead indoors! Winter is also a great time to plan for the production season, and […]

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Grant Funds Secured for Climate Action Plan

December 6, 2017

Yesterday we got some great news about climate action in Bend. After a year of hard work, we secured the final funds we need to begin implementation of the Climate Action Resolution adopted by the Bend City Council in September 2016. The immediate news is that donor families at the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) have […]

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Local Engineer Stevan Vinci Recognized for Leadership in Green Building

December 1, 2017

Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) has announced its 2017 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. Stevan Vinci, who works for Morrison Hershfield and is based here in Bend, was one of the 23 LEED Fellows honored at the 2017 US Green Building Council Leadership Awards Luncheon on November 9th. LEED, […]

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