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Our blog tells the stories of the people and organizations, the programs, tools and technologies, that make sustainability real every day.  You’ll find the inspiration and resources you need to put sustainability into action in your life, at home or at work.

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a parade travels down a street in Bend Oregon. the leader of the parade holds a flagpole with an earth flag and a LGBTQ+ pride flag, as well as a banner reading "earth day fair and parade"

Join the Climate Movement Challenge!

Get outside and move in the name of climate action! That’s what The Environmental Center is challenging…

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Why We Renamed The Big Room at The Environmental Center

Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread, and deep-seated, that it is invisible because it…

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The Environmental Center Launches New, Free Home Energy Assessment Program

Bend, Ore.– As we head into another hot summer with a high likelihood of climate impacts such…

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May 2024 Repair Café in Photos

Another Repair Café in the books means another batch of belongings kept out of the landfill and…

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From Plastics to Produce: Eight New Community Projects Get Funding

Announcing the Winter 2024 Community Innovation Fund recipients! This year, The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is…

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Bringing Food Waste Prevention Week to the Classroom

Written by Megan Schubel, temporary Youth Education Program Manager Hard to believe, but the average Oregon household…

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‘Growing something is really profound’: Deschutes County creates Peace Garden for juvenile detention center

Originally published on KTVZ.comBy Matthew DraxtonApril 26, 2024 5:52 PMPublished April 26, 2024 11:41 AM (Update: adding video, comment from…

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a young woman wearing a black tshirt and green pants sits on the hood of a black electric vehile. she is posing with a smile and her hand in the air

10 Things I learned buying an EV in Central Oregon

This winter I found myself without a car and only a motorcycle to get around town in…

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a young woman wearing a tan baseball cap and a green backpacking pack stands in front of a mountain view, smiling

Welcome, Satya!

Our Climate Solutions team has grown! We’re excited to bring Satya Austin-Opper (she/her) on board as our…

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Earth Day Poster Artist Spotlight: Sage Flannery

One of our favorite parts of planning Earth Day is seeing the beautiful art pieces that our…

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DREAM BOLDLY The Grand AdvenChair Film Makes Bend Debut

Green Drinks, an international event concept celebrating local efforts in sustainability and environmental conservation, is hosted every…

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Rethinking Waste Through Innovation

Highlights from the 2023 Rethink Waste Community Innovation Fund With greater support from Deschutes County Solid Waste…

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