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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In solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

March 18, 2021

We grieve the loss of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue.* The murder of eight individuals, including six Asian women, in the Atlanta area on March 15th is heartbreaking and horrific. This is not an isolated incident. Over the […]

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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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New Year, New Leaders

February 23, 2021

New Opportunities for Sustainability and Justice A letter from our Executive Director, Mike Riley.  It’s a relief to have adults back in The White House. It’s hard to imagine a more disturbing start to a new year than an armed insurrection incited by a sitting president and carried out by a mob that paraded the […]

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Waste that’s worthy of attention 

February 12, 2021

Oregon’s legislative session is underway and there are over a dozen waste-related bills that have been introduced. Here are two bills that we support. Right to Repair (HB 2698): UPDATE: This bill died in the House of Representatives. It did not pass. Overview If you can’t repair your own things, do you really own them? […]

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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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A few thoughts about waste, awareness, and November.

November 9, 2020

Imagine your perfect 4th-Thursday-in-November holiday scenario. What does it look like? In the year 2020 (an election year, at that), the economy isn’t doing great and many people have lost their jobs due to a global pandemic. It’s unsafe to travel and gather in large groups. And we are in the midst of the biggest […]

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First #WelcomingWeek Art Walk in our Garden

October 12, 2020

On Friday, September 25th The Environmental Center partnered with City of Bend to host the first ever Welcoming Art Walk in celebration of Welcoming Week. Despite the cold, rainy weather, several community members, families and children showed up to support BIPoC artists.  We featured the artwork of Jefferson Greene, artist and storyteller of the Confederated […]

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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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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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