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Category Archives: Green News

Green Spotlight: Cascade Financial Strategies

Last week, we met with Jack Schniepp and Neal Richards at Cascade Financial Strategies. This duo is located in an office near the Old Mill, and extends financial planning and investment management services to all of Central Oregon. CFS occupies a unique niche in our community – one that not only sets them apart from […]

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Three-bin Composting Tips

  At The Environmental Center, we have a variety of composting systems, and they each have pros and cons. The 3-bin system is useful primarily because it offers space to have compost at 3 different stages of decomposition. For example, you could put all your compost in one bin for a period of time — […]

VIDEO: Fall Clean-up in the Garden

It’s cooling off in Central Oregon and our growing season is coming to a close. What does that mean for my garden? What tasks should I be thinking about (before the snow comes)? Our Garden Manager Denise addresses this common question! Don’t forget to email us your sustainability-related questions so that we can address them […]

Update: Garden For Every School

Since our Garden For Every School launch back in June, we have made some exciting strides. For starters, we have hired our stellar FoodCorps Service Member, Claire Londagin, who is assisting schools throughout our community. Claire, a native Oregonian, came to us with a background in sustainable agriculture and food systems. She is already digging […]

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Green Tour Highlights Positive Solutions to Save Energy in Central Oregon

In Central Oregon, fall means getting cozy and visiting forward-thinking and energy efficient homes on the Green Tour. For the 17th year in a row, innovative homes across our community are opening their doors and welcoming everyone to come and explore how they are saving energy. There’s a whole world of solutions out there. We […]

September in the School Garden

Early fall can be as busy and exciting as spring in the garden. Warm season crops are bursting with fruits, it’s the last chance to complete and clean up summer garden projects, and maintenance tasks like deadheading and removing dying plants demand your attention . In the school garden, September can be even busier, if […]

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Energy Saving Tips for Schools and Homes

Check out these energy-saving tips from the energy heroes at Bear Creek! Lights out Turning off lights when not in use saves energy and money. A simple note by the switch often does the trick! It’s a common myth that turning off CFL lights (compact fluorescent lights) will result in more energy loss when they […]

Green Spotlight: Windflower Farm

This month, TEC made a visit out to Windflower Farm, a beautiful 20-acre farm located just 15 miles east of Bend. Windflower Farm is dedicated to growing gourmet-quality vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. It’s also home to Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) livestock, including laying hens, dairy goats and heritage pigs. The farm has been a Green […]

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Bend Climate Action Project

On September 7, 2016, the Bend City Council adopted a resolution that lays out a clear pathway for Bend to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The adopted resolution—if implemented—will move Bend in the right direction when it comes to climate action. And it will help the City reduce costs, save money and design a much […]

Going Paperless at Work

What does it mean to go paperless in your office? While it sounds very noble, depending on your business type and internal processes it can be daunting to consider. Further, if you’re like me or other co-workers I’ve spoken with, you just prefer not to. Personally, I make excuses about wanting something physical to hold on […]

Welcoming FoodCorps Service Member, Claire

Meet our new FoodCorps service member – Claire! Claire is a native Oregonian who grew up in Portland, and is excited to return to work in her home state. She recently received her B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Green Mountain College. She will be working at elementary schools in Central Oregon delivering […]

Green Spotlight: The Giggling Gardener

What does everyone love about Bend? The beautiful landscape and abundance of nature, of course! The outdoor playground of Central Oregon is known for its mountain vistas, expansive forests, and crystal clear lakes. Bringing wilderness into city limits is at the core of a local landscaping business owned by Jenny MacAulay – otherwise known as […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Fiona Schrader

We have several amazing volunteers here at The Environmental Center – one of them being Fiona Schrader, who will be a junior at Summit High School in the fall! Fiona has helped out with a LOT of projects at The Environmental Center, from painting planters in the Learning Garden to sending letters to our members. She has […]

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The Eclipse is coming! Will you help keep our community clean?

Whatever your plans are for the upcoming eclipse, it’s inevitable that you’ll be joined by – or impacted by – a large number of people in our area. And with more people visiting our communities, more trash will be generated. So let’s be a little proactive as hordes of people hit our state, region, and […]

LED Program Installs 50,000 Bulbs!

The Energy Challenge Installs 50,000 Energy-Saving LED Light Bulbs  Over the past 21 months, The Energy Challenge of Central Oregon has installed 50,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the bucket, but cumulatively these bulbs are will save Central Oregon residents over $9.8 Million. This […]


Living The Green E-News

Want to know all things sustainability happening in Central Oregon? Then keep in touch with us! The best way to do that is via our e-newsletter, Living The Green, which we send out twice a month. We’ll send you information on the latest news, events and other happenings. Sign up now!

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Kansas Avenue Learning Garden – our Learning Garden for children and the community
Green Drinks Events – Networking events every other month, where we bring together green businesses and community members
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Climate Action Alerts – Timely updates for when action is needed at the local level
SalemWatch 2017 – Resources and information to learn about what’s happening in Salem and priorities for our environmental community

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