Why Does TEC Support a Mandatory Home Energy Score Program?

October 10, 2022

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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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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Applications open! Join a community conversation to give feedback on energy expenses

April 4, 2022

Community Gathering to Give Feedback on Living Expenses Focused on Energy Expenses Para leer este información en español, vea abajo.  Huong (Sherry) Tran will be facilitating two 5-7-person focus groups in early-mid May on behalf of The Environmental Center to gain the perspectives of people from communities who have traditionally not been engaged by local […]

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Action Alert: Support the Reach Code Bill

January 19, 2022

Urge your elected officials to support the “Reach” code” bill – Legislative Concept (LC) 39 – in Oregon’s Legislative Short Session next month! Update: This bill is now named SB 1518. Reach Code is a priority bill for The Environmental Center, Oregon Conservation Network, and many cities across the state. It will support communities like […]

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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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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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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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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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