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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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Public Transit Funding Tools for Central Oregon

A robust public transit system is a cornerstone of a livable community. It helps people get to work, get to school and access a whole range of services they need every day.  It also reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. But funding a robust transit system remains a challenge here in Central Oregon. We […]

‘Desert Rain’ Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

We are very proud to share that Bend is now home to the United State’s first ever Living Building Challenge (LBC) residence! This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we’re excited to have this shining example of green building right here in our own community. The home, called ‘Desert Rain’, is owned by locals Tom Elliott and […]

Climate Action Update

City Council Setting Goals: Councilors Need to Hear that Climate Action is a Priority for Bend Residents Next week, the Bend City Council will establish goals for the next two years. The City Council is seeking input on the new goals from Bend residents. The goals will set priorities for City staff and help shape […]

Fabric Donations Needed for Earth Day Project

Help us collect used fabric for a special Earth Day project that will be showcased on April 22nd at the parade! See below for details.

Our new ride is all electric!

The Environmental Center just purchased its first car. This is a big step for an organization that promotes active transportation and is trying to help the Central Oregon community reduce its carbon footprint. In order to expand programs cost effectively – the Energy Challenge’s free LED program, in particular – it became necessary to have […]

Mountainfilm on Tour to Arrive in Bend February 24 & 25

WHAT: A fundraiser for The Environmental Center, featuring two nights of inspirational documentary films with themes of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure. The event showcases the very best of Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, an annual film festival in Colorado with a mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to create a […]

Intern Spotlight: Alondra Schuster

Meet Alondra, our rockstar intern! Alondra has been involved with our organization for quite some time now – and in a variety of programs – so we thought it was time you got to know her. Here’s a little bit about her, in her own words. Come say hi to Alondra at Green Drinks this […]

Calling all Energy Heroes in Redmond and Bend!

You may have heard that we have some very exciting news for 2017 –we have our expanded our free LED light bulb installation program to serve Redmond and Tumalo! We have already reached 2,400 homes in Bend and our goal is to reach another 600 homes in the next 6 months. To put that in perspective, […]

Light Up the Night with Candlelight Dinners

Local Bend businesses with a history of sustainable practices are partnering with the Bend Energy Challenge team to bring fun candlelight dining nights to Bend’s holiday season. The goal is to connect people to efficient LED lighting and other energy-saving practices at a time when energy use spikes. “Everyone uses more interior and exterior lighting […]

Think Local. Take Action.

It’s been nearly three weeks since the election, and truth be told, I am still reeling. It’s still hard to know where the Trump Administration will actually go, as the president-elect is making all sorts of statements that contradict what he said during the campaign. But it’s clear we need to get ready to defend and […]

A Post-Election Message

These last two days have been difficult here at The Environmental Center. Mostly, I am grieving. The evidence from the presidential campaign is clear: a Trump administration will be hostile to environmental protection generally and to meaningful climate action specifically. Recent steps forward will be rolled back and climate leadership from our national government is […]

2016 Sustainability Award Winners Recognized

The 2016 Sustainability Awards were announced by The Environmental Center tonight at a celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The Environmental Center received 12 nominations and the winners were selected by a community review committee. “Sustainability is a big, complex topic,” said Mike Riley, Executive Director of The Environmental Center. “Achieving it […]

Repair Café Returns to DIYcave

The Rethink Waste Project will be returning to DIYcave for a Fall Repair Café on Tuesday November 15th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Volunteer fixers will be on hand to help fix broken items, including small appliances, clothing, knit goods, outdoor gear, electronics, jewelry, and small furniture. DIYcave staff will also be utilizing their on-site […]

Free Energy Assessments for Small Businesses

The Bend Energy Challenge, in conjunction with the Green Impact Campaign, is hosting a great volunteer opportunity for college students this fall, and 20 students from OSU-Cascades and COCC have jumped on board! The Green Impact Campaign’s “Kilowatt Smackdown” is a national competition where college students go out and do energy assessments for small businesses […]

Tickets On Sale for the 2016 Sustainability Awards

A limited number of tickets are now available for the 2016 Sustainability Awards on November 3, 2016. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited and this event will sell out. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online. What: The 2016 Sustainability Awards – an event honoring Central Oregon’s sustainability leaders and innovators […]