The Money Cannon for Electric School Buses

January 11, 2022

At a recent school bus conference Jackie Piero of Nuvve noted, “There is a money cannon getting ready to be shot out of Washington D.C. for electric school buses” (ESB’s)” Federal ESB funding, along with how equity and raising up disadvantaged communities should, and probably will, be central to how this funding is administered nationwide. […]

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Introducing the Green Leadership Coalition

December 28, 2021

Recently, Bend High and Mountain View’s environmental clubs got together at The Environmental Center’s Learning Garden. They covered the garden beds, cut back plants, and kept some growth available for pollinators throughout the winter and spring seasons. This great event connected students and gave them an opportunity to plan some group projects and really develop their […]

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Ten Tips on Electrifying your Bus Fleet

December 6, 2021

The electric bus world is growing rapidly, with more purchase orders being placed for them weekly, massive federal funding for them being proposed, and Manufactures announcing new manufacturing plants. If you are working to keep up in this complex field, and also to learn to be an anti-racist ally, so am I. If only one of those describes […]

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Speak Up for Investments in Walking and Biking in Bend!

November 23, 2021

The Transportation Bond Oversight Committee (TBOC) recently finalized its prioritized project plan for the first five years of investments from the Transportation GO Bond that voters approved last year. TBOC will present its plan to the Bend City Council on December 1st and then Council will vote on it on December 15th. This is where […]

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2021 Sustainability Awards Winners Announced

November 4, 2021

The Environmental Center announced the 2021 Sustainability Award winners during a live-streamed celebration from Open Space Event Studios on Thursday, November 4.  The Environmental Center presented three Sustainability Awards to: Well Rooted Farms Kôr Community Land Trust Bend Bikes Read more about them below.  Award recipients were selected by a community review committee. Nominees were […]

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A Week of Ideas to Engage with National Farm to School Month!

October 5, 2021

October is National Farm to School Month, and the theme for this years’ campaign, from the National Farm to School Network, is Our Food, Our Future. Our Food, Our Future: Youth Leadership for a Racially Just Food System Youth and young people are the leaders and change makers of tomorrow and today. As National Farm […]

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Act Today! Submit your comments on the Climate Protection Plan

October 4, 2021

Written comments on the draft Climate Protection Plan are due by Monday, October 25th! Right now, you can help make climate protection in Oregon stronger by adding your voice to demand DEQ strengthens the draft Climate Protection Program (CPP) rules.  While the Climate Protection Program has the potential to be a meaningful tool to replace […]

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It’s Almost GO Time!

October 1, 2021

Key Transportation Bond Investment Decisions Coming Soon—Make Your Voice Heard Last fall, Bend voters approved a $190 million bond measure to improve our transportation system. The Environmental Center helped lead the campaign to pass the general obligation (GO) bond because it included over $60 million in investments in safety, walking, biking, and transit. Those investments […]

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Meet the Artists from our Welcoming Week:Multicultural Art Exhibit

September 15, 2021

There are so many amazing artists here in Central Oregon sharing their stories. This year The Environmental Center will be highlighting a few local BILAPOC, LGBTQ+ artists at our Welcoming Week: Multicultural Art Exhibit, happening for free this Thursday, September 16 from 4:30-6:30 PM, at The Environmental Center. We hope you’ll join us to share […]

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Climate Commuters on the Move

June 3, 2021

This post was written by guest blogger Whitney Bennett, Safe Routes to School Coordinator at Commute Options. The Eco Hero Climate Commuters after school program takes our eco heroes on an educational journey to understand emissions from vehicles and how we can make daily travel choices that have a positive impact on our climate — […]

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