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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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Nacho Ruiz

Meet Our 2023 Earth Day Poster Artist: Nacho Ruiz

Here at The Environmental Center, the coming of spring also means our annual Earth Day Fair &…

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school garden in the sun

The Environmental Center Awards Over $23k to Central Oregon Schools and Organizations for Learning Gardens

The next time you pass by your local school or youth center, take a look to see…

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Red Prairie solar array

Save money and support clean energy with Oregon’s Community Solar Program!

What is the Oregon Community Solar Program? This unique program allows you to subscribe to a new…

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Meet Kavi, Our Rethink Waste Project Coordinator!

Welcome, Kavi! We are excited to have Kavi Chokshi, pronounced kuh-vee, like a covey of quails, (he/him) join…

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Meet Janet, Our New Business Manager!

Welcome, Janet!  We are excited to have Janet Llerandi Gonzalez (they/them) join the Environmental Center as our…

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We’re Celebrating 10 Years of Repair Café!

In 2013, we hosted the first Repair Cafés here in Central Oregon. Have you ever been to…

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Winter Break Activities for Kids and Families

Photo credit: US Fish & Wildlife Central Oregon is a winter wonderland, full of things to do…

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Stories from the Garden: Fall 2022

Although the garden is currently under a blanket of snow, Denise and Adrienne (along with volunteers, parents,…

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How to Make a Public Comment

Photo taken in 2016: Russ Donnelly, Mike Riley, Skylar Grayson, Nikki Roemmer at City Council Communicating with…

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5 Things to do This Thanksgiving to Honor Indigenous Heritage

It’s the week of Thanksgiving… …which has many of us wondering how, and if, we should still…

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NEW! Borrow Reusable Dishware for Low-Waste Events

It was a whirlwind, but your daughter’s birthday went smoother than expected, considering the fact that she’s…

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Our First School Garden Bike Tour

It was a sunny Saturday in October… Earlier this month, a group of 10 folks biked to…

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