Free Yard Debris Drop off: Spring 2021 Fire Free Weeks!

April 12, 2021

During a wildfire, most homes are lost when falling embers smolder and ignite vulnerable areas around homes. Reduce the risk of losing your home to wildfire and take advantage of FREE yard debris disposal at local collection sites. Recycle your needles, leaves, branches and brush for FREE! Grass clippings, brush, plant prunings, pine needles, pine […]

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Green Spotlight: Rugged Thread

March 29, 2021

Repair!! It’s the key to a circular economy, y’all. In this day and age with planned obsolescence being the norm for everything from our cell phones to our appliances to our CLOTHING, we want to use our money to buy quality items that have more durability and combine that with excellent repair options. Never heard […]

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2nd Annual Rethink Waste Community Grants: $7,000 Awarded!

March 10, 2021

Four organizations / businesses have won a grant from The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Community Grants Program to support waste reduction efforts in four categories: increased diversion through recycling, expanded reuse, education in single-use waste reduction, and finally increased food waste diversion through composting. During this time of COVID, waste has been a tough topic […]

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Record Garden Grants Awarded as Outdoor Classrooms Become Essential During Covid-19

February 1, 2021

We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2020/2021 school year garden grant awards. Due to an unprecedented number of grant applications and funding amount needs, we secured an additional $5,000 from partners to be able to distribute almost $15,000 to support 13 outdoor classroom and school garden projects in Central Oregon. Local educators […]

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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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Partner Spotlight: Friends of Malheur Refuge

October 22, 2020

(Header photo credit: Dan Streiffert) The Environmental Center is excited to announce a new Partner Group, Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) whose HQ is in Burns, Oregon. I got to speak with the Director, Janelle Wicks, to learn more about their work across Harney County and how Central Oregonians can participate in their […]

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Our Growing Garden Team

August 31, 2020

After two years as a FoodCorps Service Member, we’re excited to announce that Tracy Ryan has joined our staff as a Garden & Nutrition Educator! Thanks in part to the Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Grant, we’re expanding our garden team for the upcoming school year. Tracy served at Three Rivers School in […]

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Rethink Waste in and around your garden with Bend Urban Gardens

July 29, 2020

There is so much waste that can happen in backyard gardening: building materials, toxic chemicals from herbicides and pesticides, not to mention water, energy, and food waste potentials that can occur. I had a chance to sit down with a professional to learn about some best practices around waste reduction in the garden. From non-toxic […]

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Receive action alerts/updates via text!

An easier way to stay informed. The Environmental Center is expanding communication options for members by introducing text messaging! Not only can we use a text system to reduce paper, but we can also make it easier for you – our members and subscribers – to take local action and stay in the loop. It’s […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Debra Burke

July 21, 2020

Meet Debra: 30+ Year Volunteer   Debra’s life has been interwoven with The Environmental Center for several decades. But since March, our facility has been shut down to visitors and renters due to COVID-19, and most staff have been exclusively working from home. TEC’s physical office is a quieter place these days. After 31 years, […]

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