Embedding sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon

Living The Green E-News

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
Volunteering
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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The Eclipse is coming! Will you help keep our community clean?

Whatever your plans are for the upcoming eclipse, it’s inevitable that you’ll be joined by – or impacted by – a large number of people in our area. And with more people visiting our communities, more trash will be generated. So let’s be a little proactive as hordes of people hit our state, region, and […]

Green Spotlight: Humm Kombucha

From the early days as “Kombucha Mama” to ”Humm Kombucha” today, being sustainable and working to benefit the community has been an important part of operations at Humm. Among the many sustainability measures Humm has in place to maintain their status as a Green Spot Member, there are a couple things we’d like to highlight […]

Welcome, Ani & Peter!

The Energy Challenge team is growing! We’d like to welcome Ani Kasch, LED Program Assistant, and Peter Dempsey, Lead LED Installer, to our team. Here’s a little bit more about these wonderful folks who are helping to ensure our Free LED program runs smoothly. Be sure to say hello when you talk to Ani, or […]

We hit our goal!

We wrapped up our ‘Garden for Every School’ campaign at the Jack Johnson show in Bend last night, and it was a blast! We are so thankful that Jack included us in the Village Green and All At Once network again this year, which included a $2,500 matching donation to help reach our fundraising goal. Last time Jack was […]

Supporting School Gardens with Technical Assistance

Our “Garden for Every School” vision requires a multi-faceted approach that provides several types of support for teachers, schools and gardens. The four core pieces of our strategy include: District support, garden expertise (a FoodCorps service member), school grants, and a garden educator network. We’ll break down each of these strategies in more detail. Strategy […]

$500 Match from Next Level Burger

We have some exciting news! With just one more day left in our Garden for Every School campaign,next level burger is going to help us get across the finish line – but we need you to chip in, too! The next $500 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to NLB. And we have […]

Green Spotlight: Elemental Energy

Solar energy is the fastest growing power source in the world, with enough energy hitting the earth’s surface hourly to power mankind for a year. It provides clean power with no harm to the environment, and is so reliable that the first solar cell made in 1954 is still producing power to this day. Locally […]

District Support for School Gardens

Our “Garden for Every School” vision requires a multi-faceted approach that provides several types of support for teachers, schools and gardens. The four core pieces of our strategy include: District support, garden expertise (a FoodCorps service member), school grants, and a garden educator network. We’ll break down each of these strategies in more detail. Strategy […]

Green Spotlight: Baby Cakes Diaper Service

Saving the world one diaper at a time! That’s what you see when you first visit Baby Cakes Diaper Service’s website, and the company holds true to form. Run by Sara Holman, the mother of a young son, this company helps you reap the many, many benefits of cloth diapers without the mess! Baby Cakes […]

Bag Refund Donation at Whole Foods

When: July 3rd – September 24th Where: 2610 NE Hwy 20, Bend What: 10 cent reusable bag credit donated to The Environmental Center Whole Foods Market gives customers a 10-cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags – and now you can select to donate that credit to us! All bag program donations will be put […]

Buying Green Power in Central Oregon

As of 2016, renewable energy accounted for only 12% of the United State’s energy consumption. Renewable energy sources are immensely valuable in their ability to compete with fossil fuels while preserving our environment, but remain vastly underused. These programs from your power providers support the use of renewable energy sources by buying from wind, solar, […]

We’re halfway there!

WAHOO! Thanks to you, we’re just over halfway to reaching our goal! We’d like to acknowledge a special gift made to our Garden for Every School campaign this week. This very generous donation was made in memory of Mollie and Lou Pepper and their love of gardening, and in honor of Jamie Reagan, who cared […]

Grants for School Gardens

Our “Garden for Every School” vision requires a multi-faceted approach that provides several types of support for teachers, schools and gardens. The four core pieces of our strategy include: District support, garden expertise (a FoodCorps service member), school grants, and a garden educator network. We’ll break down each of these strategies in more detail. (See […]

Got EV Questions?

Get plugged into all the information you need!   On May 1st, 2017, The Energy Challenge kicked off its Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program. Since then, 28 Central Oregonians and counting have joined the electric vehicle revolution and bought new Nissan LEAFs. We all still have a lot of questions about electric vehicles so we […]

Green Spotlight: Broken Top Bottle Shop

According to Broken Top Bottle Shop (BTBS), they’re more than a brew pub – they’re a brew HUB! And we definitely found that to be true during our last check-in with the restaurant owner, Jennifer Powell. BTBS first opened in 2012 and has become a locals’ favorite spot. Located on NW Pence Lane, the bottle […]