Green Spotlight: Grow and Give with the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

September 10, 2021

In Deschutes County, 1 in 8 people across the County is food insecure, meaning they don’t always know where their next meal will come from. At the same time, an estimated 26% of our landfill (the one that is projected to be full by 2029) is comprised of wasted food. The High Desert Food and […]

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Petal Painting: DIY Watercolor Paints

Do you have flowers in your garden or a special bouquet beginning to wilt and whither? Let’s give those beauties another life by creating our very own, low-waste watercolors! Take this opportunity to soak in the season and colors changing all around us. Want to petal paint with us? Join us at the Welcoming Week: […]

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Rethinking Waste – Music Festival Edition

August 31, 2021

Earlier this month, our team partnered with Mini 4 Peaks to Rethink Waste – music festival edition. In collaboration with festival organizers and vendors, we worked to eliminate single use food packaging, set up ample waste sorting stations with educational signage, and coordinated a volunteer recycling crew. The result: 61% of waste diverted from the […]

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We Wrapped up our Multifamily Recycling Project

August 5, 2021

Remember the grant we won to pilot a Multifamily Recycling Project? Well we finished the project and are excited to share what we accomplished during the past year and half.  What did we do?  Our Project Coordinator spent 10 weeks at four properties tabling and handing out toolkits to residents. Overall, she  handed out toolkits […]

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Meet Udara, our new Rethink Waste Program Manager!

July 19, 2021

The Rethink Waste Project has welcomed a new team member! Udara Abeysekera (she/her) will be the new Program Manager. Our previous Program Manager, Ani Kasch, is moving on to new work and her humor and passion for reducing waste is going to be missed.   Udara moved to Central Oregon to be closer to family, […]

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Jackie and Ani Pick Up 8,500 lbs of Trash

TEC staff participate in marine debris removal and recovery adventure in Alaska. How do you say “no” to a once-in-a lifetime expedition adventure to one of the frontlines of the global ocean plastics crisis – the Alaska coastline? You don’t. When an invitation came from the Ocean Plastic Recovery (OPR) Project to join the Island […]

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5 Steps to Repairing Pinhole Leaks in Your Garden Hose

July 16, 2021

Did you know that extreme temperatures can damage your garden hose? If you had a garden hose sitting outside during the heatwave over the past few weeks, you may want to check on it for pinhole leaks. Though small, pinhole leaks can cause major water loss if they go unnoticed. They are also important to […]

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Rethink Waste on the Radio!

June 17, 2021

We got to chat with Megan from 1077 about all things Rethink Waste. Would you like to have a listen? We covered topics from food waste to recycling to reusable bags. Here’s the one all about construction waste (4 minutes): Want to learn more about how to rethink construction waste? Check these 5 ways to […]

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Microplastic Madness Local Panel Discussion

May 4, 2021

The Environmental Center and Bendfilm teamed up to bring you a panel discussion related to the film Microplastic Madness in honor of Earth Day 2021. The film Microplastic Madness is an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with an inspiring take […]

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Rethink Food Waste: Preparing Parts and Pieces

If you didn’t get a chance to join us for our virtual event on Monday, May 3, you’re in luck! We have a recording available for you to watch at any time. We hope you enjoy it! We trimmed out the Life of a Strawberry video (2 min) at minute 8:55 due to copyrights, but […]

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