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Increased Incentives for Energy Upgrades in Manufactured Homes

November 15, 2018

Time-limited promotion for heat pumps and ductless heat pumps could cut heating bills in half As Central Oregonians start bundling up and turning up the dials on the thermostat, Energy Trust of Oregon, in partnership with local Trade Ally, Bend Heating, is turning up the savings and comfort with increased incentives for heating projects for […]

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Energy Challenge Installs Free LED Light Bulbs in 700 Redmond Homes

November 14, 2018

The Energy Challenge team is excited to announce they have installed free LED light bulbs in 700 homes in Redmond! Over the past three years, The Energy Challenge has installed over 75,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs in over 5,000 homes in Central Oregon. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the […]

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Residential Composting Pilot in Bend

October 29, 2018

Last week, Bend Garbage & Recycling and Cascade Disposal announced that they’ll be introducing a residential food waste pilot program to some areas in Bend. About 300 households from each company will participate in the pilot, which allows customers to put more food in their standard yard debris bins for curbside collection and composting. (Raw […]

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Tickets available for the 2018 Sustainability Awards

October 18, 2018

A limited number of tickets are now available for the 2018 Sustainability Awards on November 15, 2018. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited and this event will sell out. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online here. What:    The 2018 Sustainability Awards, an Environmental Center event that honors Central Oregon’s sustainability […]

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Rethink Waste Project Celebrates Five Years Organizing Repair Cafés in Central Oregon

October 15, 2018

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, it will be exactly nine years since Martine Postma organized the very first Repair Café in Amsterdam. Today there are over 1,600 Repair Cafés in 33 countries on six continents. Here in our own backyard, The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project organized the first local event five years ago at […]

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The Energy Challenge Installs LED Light Bulbs in 5,000th home in Central Oregon

October 8, 2018

The Energy Challenge, a program of The Environmental Center, is proud to announce they installed free LED light bulbs in the 5,000th home in Central Oregon. Over the past three years, the program has installed over 75,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the bucket, […]

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Garden For Every School Fall 2018 Update

October 2, 2018

We are excited to be kicking off another school year rolling out our Garden for Every School initiative – our community effort to support school garden development in a way that is unique to each school’s needs, and done so with long-term sustainability in mind. To begin the school year, 14 local garden educators (potentially […]

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Help to Write Bend’s Climate Legacy

October 1, 2018

There was recently a really interesting and visually compelling story featured in The Washington Post. Imagine an arctic lake in the Western Brooks Range that hisses and bubbles as it releases hard-hitting methane gas into our atmosphere. Now consider this same lake bed ALSO contains craters that show signs of unleashing ancient fossil fuels from a […]

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Water Cycle Education Program Highlights

September 26, 2018

The Environmental Center and the City of Bend are expanding our Water Cycle Education Program to include a pilot full-day field trip around Tumalo Falls. Our goal is to deepen students’ sense of watershed stewardship and boost their awareness through visiting utility facilities, interactive games, exploring models, and discussions with local water conservation professionals, hydrologists, […]

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Pollinators and Solar Farms

September 23, 2018

Pollinator populations are in decline in the United States due to environmental stressors including pesticides, parasites, diseases, and malnutrition. Without appropriate vegetation and land management, the number of pollinators will continue to decrease, putting farms and crop yields dependent upon flowering plants at risks.  At the same time, solar energy projects are being developed in […]

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