How to Make a Public Comment

December 1, 2022

Photo taken in 2016: Russ Donnelly, Mike Riley, Skylar Grayson, Nikki Roemmer at City Council Communicating with your elected officials is such an important part of the change-making process. They need to hear from you, their constituents, to know what you value and how you think our communities should be improved. Read on to learn […]

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5 Things to do This Thanksgiving to Honor Indigenous Heritage

November 21, 2022

It’s the week of Thanksgiving… …which has many of us wondering how, and if, we should still be participating in the holiday as it was presented to many of us (generally white Americans) as children. Collectively, we are becoming more knowledgeable now about the historical accuracy of the birth of Thanksgiving, as described by writer […]

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Our First School Garden Bike Tour

October 26, 2022

It was a sunny Saturday in October… Earlier this month, a group of 10 folks biked to three youth garden projects on a beautiful autumn day. Here’s some highlights for those not able to join us! We kicked off our ride at the Dennis Maloney Community Justice Center, one of Deschutes County’s Juvenile Community Justice […]

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“Green Drinks” Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month With Upcycled Piñatas!

October 10, 2022

2022 has been exciting, as we have been able to get back to gathering in-person for our various events: Earth Day, the Green Tour, Power Hour, and one of our favorites — the Green Drinks series! Green Drinks is an international concept that brings people together to learn about sustainability efforts. Here in Central Oregon, […]

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Why Does TEC Support a Mandatory Home Energy Score Program?

Can you imagine buying a car today without knowing the miles-per-gallon efficiency rating? Especially these days, the MPG of a new car may have a significant impact on your willingness to purchase the car over another car in your price range. Right now, the city of Bend is considering a proposal to require the provision […]

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Meet The Artists: 2022 Multicultural Artwalk in the Garden

September 9, 2022

The Environmental Center is pleased to host our third annual Multicultural Artwalk in the Garden as part of the City of Bend’s Welcoming Week! This year, the theme of Welcoming Week is #WhereWeBelong, which inspired us to invite artists from all backgrounds and styles to participate in this live exhibit in our space. Read on […]

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Rethink Waste Manager Receives Statewide Recognition

June 17, 2022

We are proud to announce that our Rethink Waste Project Program Manager, Udara Abeysekera Bickett, has been appointed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to serve on the Rulemaking Advisory Committee to represent the diverse interests of persons and communities likely to be affected by proposed rules in the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization […]

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

May 12, 2022

Update 6/21/22: The Land Conservation & Development Commission (LCDC) passed only temporary rules in late-May, which means we are not quite over the finish line on these rules. Despite more than 18 months of work and compromise, many opponents showed up at the last minute and pressured LCDC to take a bit more time. And […]

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Día de la Tierra 2022 Obra de Arte de Alyssia Scott

April 18, 2022

Cada año, The Environmental Center se asocia con un artista de Oregon Central para dar vida a su visión de lo que representa el Día de la Tierra. Este año, nos asociamos con Alyssia Scott, una artista de diecisiete años y miembro tribal de Warm Springs. Aquí hay un poco más sobre Alyssia y esta […]

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Earth Day 2022 Artwork by Alyssia Scott

April 8, 2022

Each year, The Environmental Center partners with a Central Oregon artist to bring to life their vision of what Earth Day represents. This year, we partnered with Alyssia Scott, a seventeen-year-old artist and Warm Springs tribal member. Here’s a little more about Alyssia and this special piece of art. I specialize in plenty of mediums […]

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