We’re Celebrating 10 Years of Repair Café!

January 13, 2023

In 2013, we hosted the first Repair Cafés here in Central Oregon. Have you ever been to one of our Repair Cafés? Repair Cafés are held all around the world, and connect people with broken stuff to people who like to fix stuff. Repairing with other people saves natural resources, prevents waste, and cultivates community. […]

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5 Things to do This Thanksgiving to Honor Indigenous Heritage

November 21, 2022

It’s the week of Thanksgiving… …which has many of us wondering how, and if, we should still be participating in the holiday as it was presented to many of us (generally white Americans) as children. Collectively, we are becoming more knowledgeable now about the historical accuracy of the birth of Thanksgiving, as described by writer […]

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NEW! Borrow Reusable Dishware for Low-Waste Events

November 16, 2022

It was a whirlwind, but your daughter’s birthday went smoother than expected, considering the fact that she’s 7 and so were most of the guests. She had a lot of friends, who all had lots of fun and lots of cake. Good for her, you think.   Then, you see the mountain of plastic forks […]

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“Green Drinks” Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month With Upcycled Piñatas!

October 10, 2022

2022 has been exciting, as we have been able to get back to gathering in-person for our various events: Earth Day, the Green Tour, Power Hour, and one of our favorites — the Green Drinks series! Green Drinks is an international concept that brings people together to learn about sustainability efforts. Here in Central Oregon, […]

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CIF Spotlight: Council on Aging

August 30, 2022

Community Innovation Fund (CIF) Project Spotlight The Environmental Center awarded the Rethink Waste Program’s Community Innovation Grant to the Council on Aging of Central Oregon, to purchase reusable bags for the Council’s nutrition programs, in December of 2020. In the past, the organization has used plastic delivery bags for the Meals on Wheels program. This […]

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Rethink Waste Announces 2022 Community Innovation Fund Recipients

July 15, 2022

The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is thrilled to showcase the recipients of the 2022 Community Innovation Fund (CIF)! CIF is a funding program that supports individuals, businesses, and community organizations throughout Deschutes County advance projects that aim to reduce waste right here in Central Oregon. Fields Farm & Spider City Brewing will initiate a […]

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From Bend, Oregon to Katmai, Alaska

July 6, 2022

The Future of Youth Education at TEC Youth Education has been a key pillar of The Environmental Center for over 30 years. In the years to come, we aim to continuously strengthen and diversify our offerings for Central Oregon youth to fit their needs. After all, we understand that youth are the future stewards of […]

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Rethink Waste Manager Receives Statewide Recognition

June 17, 2022

We are proud to announce that our Rethink Waste Project Program Manager, Udara Abeysekera Bickett, has been appointed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to serve on the Rulemaking Advisory Committee to represent the diverse interests of persons and communities likely to be affected by proposed rules in the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization […]

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The 2022 Rethink Waste Community Innovation Fund is Accepting Applications Through May 30

May 2, 2022

Do you have an idea for reducing waste in your neighborhood, workplace, school, your favorite park or restaurant, or any other community space, but aren’t sure how to get started? We would love to help get your idea off the ground with $500 – $2,000 in project funds. Do you have a drinking station, but […]

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Earth Day 2022: A Great Success!

April 27, 2022

We know not all heroes wear capes, but these two earth day heroes sure are rocking theirs! photo credit: www.thesaltyboob.life First, a huge thank you is in order to all who showed up to participate in our first large in-person gathering since 2019. Seeing folks together again, enjoying the beautiful sunshine and celebrating Earth Day […]

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