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Welcome Becky, Our New Youth Education Program Manager!

Becky Yaeger (she/her) just joined our team! We warmly welcome her to The Environmental Center. In this…

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1% for the Planet Business Spotlight: Fresh Off The Grid

Whether you are just learning about The Environmental Center or you have been aware of us for…

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Rethink Waste Announces 2022 Community Innovation Fund Recipients

The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is thrilled to showcase the recipients of the 2022 Community Innovation…

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Rural Challenges for Electric School Buses

Let’s talk about rural bus fleets, which comprise the bulk of EPA’s 7,000 plus prioritized school districts. The priority makes…

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From Bend, Oregon to Katmai, Alaska

The Future of Youth Education at TEC Youth Education has been a key pillar of The Environmental…

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Rethink Waste Manager Receives Statewide Recognition

We are proud to announce that our Rethink Waste Project Program Manager, Udara Abeysekera Bickett, has been…

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EPA Clean School Bus Application Screenshot

Below is a screenshot, for reference purposes only, taken June 15, 2022, of the (easy!) EPA application…

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a headshot of a person with dark shoulder length hair and bangs standing in front of a beautiful background of Smith Rocks

Welcome Sophia, Our Project Zero Intern!

Sophia Rosenberg (she/her/hers) comes to The Environmental Center through the PGE Project Zero Internship program, connecting young…

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Three Key Tips for Landing Electric School Bus Funding

With Federal Clean School Bus Funding for 5 years (2022-2027), my advice: apply for ESB funds whether…

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ACTION ALERT: Final Push to Pass The Climate Friendly & Equitable Communities Rules

Update 6/21/22: The Land Conservation & Development Commission (LCDC) passed only temporary rules in late-May, which means…

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The 2022 Rethink Waste Community Innovation Fund is Accepting Applications Through May 30

Do you have an idea for reducing waste in your neighborhood, workplace, school, your favorite park or…

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Why to choose Electric over Propane School Buses?

Hello colleagues, I’ll be transparent about my agenda: I want the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program to be flooded…

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