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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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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 […]

Building a Network of Trained Educators

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, beginning […]

Action Alert: Support Clean & Modern Transportation

The Oregon Legislature is currently considering HB 2017-3 to meet a wide range of transportation needs across the state. After a failed effort in 2015, and then many months of bipartisan effort this past year, this new “transportation package” bill is off to great start. But there is more work to be done to ensure […]

Green Spotlight: Angelina Organic Skincare

This week, The Environmental Center team met with Angelina Swanson, Founder & Creative Director at Angelina Organic Skincare (AOS). Angelina’s business is located in a clean and bright shop in downtown Bend, where a small team of experts create small-batch natural face, bath, body and aromatherapy products. When you walk into the store, two walls […]

Successful launch

Thanks to all the great volunteers who joined us for the kick-off! We had a great time and got a lot of work accomplished with over 50 people. If you didn’t have the chance to pick up sunflower seeds to plant in your own garden, we still have some packets in our lobby. Here are […]

TONIGHT: Happy hour kick-off event

Join us for an extra special Happy Hour in the Garden, featuring live music, food & drinks, and a ticket giveaway for Jack Johnson’s sold-out Bend show! **This extra special Happy Hour will double as the kick-off party for our summer fundraising campaign!** Come on down to 16 NW Kansas Ave. to celebrate spring and […]

Green Spotlight: Strictly Organic Coffee Co.

Since they day they opened in 1999, Strictly Organic Coffee Co., as their name suggests, have been dedicated to sustainable business practices. Since they’ve been Green Spot members with The Environmental Center for many years, we thought we’d check in for an update. Since their inception Strictly Organic’s dedication to organic, fair trade, and locally-sourced […]

Green Spotlight: Bend Electric Bikes

Bend Electric Bikes (BEB) is not your typical bike shop. Located on Hill St. in Bend, BEB sells and specializes in electric bikes (e-bikes). E-bikes allow the rider to both pedal the bike or leverage the power of a battery and motor drive system. Chances are, you’ve driven by BEB’s corner and seen dozens of colorful bikes on display outside! Some […]

A Garden for Every School

The Environmental Center launches a new vision to bring an outdoor learning space to every school in Central Oregon The Environmental Center’s seventh growing season is now underway in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden, located at 16 NW Kansas Ave. The Learning Garden has over 50 beds that grow fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers and […]

Happy Hour in the Garden *Special Event*

Join us for an extra special Happy Hour in the Garden, featuring live music, food & drinks, and a ticket giveaway for Jack Johnson’s sold-out Bend show! **This extra special Happy Hour will double as the kick-off party for our summer fundraising campaign!** In addition to our 2017 garden programs that get kids outside & […]

Update: Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program

The Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program is off to a strong start! Since the launch of this program with Smolich Nissan on May 1st, 20 new electric vehicles have hit the road! We caught up with Joette and Gene, who were some of the first through the doors to purchase an EV. How did you […]

Kicking things off!

The Environmental Center launches a new vision to bring an outdoor learning space to every school in Central Oregon The Environmental Center’s seventh growing season is now underway in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden, located at 16 NW Kansas Ave. The Learning Garden has over 50 beds that grow fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers and […]

EnviroAnswers: Ductless Heat Pumps

With ductless heat pumps, you use less energy and save up to 50% more on your monthly electric heating costs. All while giving you even more control over your home’s comfort. And now we’re helping multi-family units reap the benefits of this technology, too! Check out this video we put together, where you can hear […]

Energy Efficiency Program Expands Savings Opportunities

The Energy Challenge of Central Oregon has been working with local residents over the last two and a half years to help them save money on energy bills and make their homes more comfortable. This year, The Energy Challenge is extending a key ductless heat program to rental and multifamily housing markets. “While the name […]

Summer Camps For Outdoor Kids

Summer is a great time to get kids outside to explore and enjoy the lakes, rivers, and mountains of Central Oregon. And with the start of summer vacation just a month away, now is the time to start planning. In addition to spending time outside as a family, here are some great local camps that […]