Let’s get these bills over the finish line!

May 27, 2021

It’s been a busy session with many important bills passing out of the legislature and heading to the Governor’s desk … but our work is not done yet. This year’s long legislative session runs until June 28th and we have a lot of important bills we want to see passed this year. Here are three […]

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5 Reasons You Should Pay Attention to Plastic

March 1, 2021

Everyone should care about plastic. It’s true the stuff is a miracle to human health — plus it’s cheap for us to buy as individuals. However, plastic has a dirty, negative side in that it’s also terrible for human health, global finances, and is a bane to our environment. The manufacturing, existence, use, and disposal […]

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Take action: Share your priorities with Bend City Councilors

January 18, 2021

New City Council Means New Goals Let The Council Know Your Thoughts Today Every two years, right after new Bend City Councilors are sworn in, the City Council sets new goals to guide the Council’s and staff’s work, and the City’s two-year budget, over the next biennium.  The new Council’s goal setting meetings are this […]

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Single Use Disposables. Are they actually better than reusables?

November 30, 2020

What’s better, paper or plastic? Single-use foodware made of petroleum-based or compostable plastics? A reusable canvas bag or a single-use plastic bag? A plastic-lined paper coffee cup or a durable reusable stainless steel Hydroflask? Many studies have been done comparing different product materials using what’s called a life cycle analysis or LCA. This is a […]

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ACTION ALERTS: Big Agenda for Bend City Council This Wednesday

August 3, 2020

Support Funding the Core Area Plan The vision for a vibrant, sustainable mixed-use neighborhood in the Bend Central District with safe east & west connections depends on the Core Area Plan to be funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). On August 5th, Bend City Council will vote to create an urban renewal area so that […]

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Get involved with Bend’s climate future

July 8, 2020

The City of Bend is actively recruiting nine positions for the Environment and Climate Committee (ECC) until July 31, 2020. During the June 17th, 2020 City Council meeting, Bend City Council voted to establish the Environment and Climate Committee. The committee’s primary focus is to provide input and recommendations to the City Council on topics […]

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Action Alerts: Speak with local leaders this week

June 16, 2020

1. Bend’s New Transportation Plan Enters Final Stretch  Let local leaders know you support it. After two years of hard work, Bend’s Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) recently held their final meeting. A big thank you to all 21 CTAC members—including our very own Mike Riley, one of the co-chairs, and Board Member Glenn Van […]

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Sustainability Series at Ridgeview & Redmond High

May 27, 2020

Each trimester, The Environmental Center Youth Educators present our Sustainability Series to Health 2 classes at Ridgeview and Redmond High Schools. We have a wonderful collaboration with Coaches Millington, Pileggi, and Capps to bring environmental health into the classroom. Interacting with high schoolers about the environment and how it relates to health class is always […]

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Tips for buying an energy efficient home

April 29, 2020

The home buying process is, well, a process.   It’s important to have conversations about efficiency during the homebuying process and not just after so that you can find an energy efficient home–or at least on that can be upgraded for efficiency. These simple tips can save a lot of energy further down the road. Work […]

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5 ways to save energy in your kitchen while quarantined

April 6, 2020

Don’t let social distancing get the best of your energy budget! These are some tried-and-true ways to save energy that are extra relevant while you’re quarantined at home. Whether it’s just you or your whole family, there are a lot more meals happening in our own kitchens than ever before. 1. Use your dishwasher. We […]

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