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Our blog tells the stories of the people and organizations, the programs, tools and technologies, that make sustainability real every day.  You’ll find the inspiration and resources you need to put sustainability into action in your life, at home or at work.

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Repairing is Caring

How does repair fit in with sustainability? Over the weekend, I found myself in Sisters enjoying one…

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Community Responds to Deschutes Energy Future

Deschutes Energy Future Launches August 2023 Last month, our Climate Solutions program launched the Deschutes Energy Future…

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two people smile as they fix a child's sized bike on a repair stand

Local Action to Pilot Reusables in School Cafeterias, Expand Bicycle Reuse, and Provide Recycling Education for Visitors

Main photo courtesy of Bicycle Re-Source of Bend Announcing the summer 2023 Community Innovation Fund recipients  This…

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Welcome Kat, Our New FoodCorps Member!

New school year, new faces As the summer draws to a close, we are thrilled to once…

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Meet the Artists of the 2023 Art Walk in the Garden

Welcoming Week 2023 is the week of September 8th-17th! Each fall, the City of Bend participates in…

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Empowering Visitors to Rethink Waste Like a Local in Deschutes County

Insights From A Pilot Project With 4 Lodging Destinations  Deschutes County has over 4.3 million visitors annually!…

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Bend’s Home Energy Score Program Begins July 1st

Written by Matthew Schrader-Patton In the fall of 2022, the Home Energy Score Program was passed by…

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plastic free july

3 Tips for Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that envisions a world free of plastic waste. Over the…

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Local Action Addresses Food Waste, Single-Use Dishware, and Recycling Contamination

Announcing the spring 2023 Community Innovation Fund recipients  This year, The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project offers…

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a group photo of people holding signs in support of the building resilience bill package in Salem

On firm financial footing, Oregon must invest in healthy, affordable, resilient homes and buildings in the face of the climate crisis

Original post written by: Brad Reed, Campaign Director, Building Resilience brad@buildingresilience.org, (971) 217-6813 On the heels of…

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Speakthunder Berry Self Portrait

Earth Day Artist Spotlight: Speakthunder Berry

Our annual Earth Day Fair and Parade is just around the corner, and we are especially thrilled…

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Food Waste

April 10-16 is Food Waste Prevention Week!

How much food are you throwing away? Take note during Food Waste Prevention Week Picture this: a…

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