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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 […]

Success: We’ll double outdoor days this year!

We did it!  Our goal was to raise $7,000 in order to double our outdoor programming during the 2016-2017 school year. And your response was incredible! Thank you to everyone who donated to this campaign and demonstrated support for outdoor days. We have some great news to share: We received an unexpected grant from the Gray Family Foundation […]

Bend City Council Adopts Climate Action Resolution

Last night, the Bend City Council adopted a climate action resolution by a vote of 5 to 2. Councilors Victor Chudowsky and Casey Roats voted against the resolution. The adopted resolution is more aspirational than the ordinance we proposed last May. But it also lays out a clear pathway for Bend to move forward on […]

Outdoor School For All: Speaker’s Bureau Training

We wanted to share a good opportunity to get involved in supporting Outdoor School as we near the election! RSVP to Becca if you can join. Outdoor School For All cordially invites you to join them for a campaign update and speaker’s bureau training. Hear about where the campaign is at, and learn how to speak about Measure 99 to […]

Inspiring Read: High Country by Tom Bell

Last week, Tom Bell, the founder of High Country News, passed away at age 92. Tom wrote many inspiring pieces throughout his life – including the following essay, titled High Country, in 1970. We find it especially inspiring and relevant this summer, as we plan to expand our outdoor programming for kids in Central Oregon. […]

City Council to Vote on Climate Action Resolution on September 7

Tomorrow, September, 7, at 7 pm, the Bend City Council will vote on a Bend Climate Action Resolution that will commit Bend to do its part to cut greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve been working on this for over a year.  Now that the vote is upon us, we need your help one more time to […]

Community Volunteers Contribute Over 280 Hours to Learning Garden in 2016

The Environmental Center’s Happy Hour in the Garden Series, in which volunteers enjoy beverages from local beer and kombucha sponsors while helping with garden projects, is wrapping up Tuesday, August 30th. “It’s been a really valuable event. Over the course of the summer, many volunteers contributed over 280 hours, helping me with everything from projects […]

Success! Plus a new match…

Woohoo! Just in time for the weekend, we were able to raise the money needed to receive a match from Capstone CPAs. Big thanks to all who contributed. We’re 25% of the way there, and still need YOUR help to double our outdoor programming this school year. Anddddd… we have great news: Steven Floyd Consulting […]

Matching donation toward outdoor days!

Double your impact today with a matching donation! The next $500 in donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Capstone CPAs, making your contribution go twice as far. We believe youth need first-hand experiences outdoors to recognize and understand how they impact our environment. The kids that get those experiences develop a life-long ethic of environmental stewardship. […]

Double Outdoor Days for Local Kids

At The Environmental Center, we believe it’s important for kids to spend time learning and growing in the great outdoors. Research shows that kids who build strong connections to nature are more likely to make pro-environment choices as adults. That’s why, since 2009, we’ve been helping local teachers get their students outside. Our programs give […]

Your donation will make a huge impact.

Note from student after attending an outdoor school day It’s true: getting kids outside changes them. That’s why we want to double how many kids we get outside next school year. But we need your help. Will you help us reach more students this coming school year?