2018 Sustainability Award Winners Recognized

The 2018 Sustainability Awards were announced by The Environmental Center on November 15th at a celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The Environmental Center received 13 nominations and the winners were selected by a community review committee.

“Sustainability is a big, complex topic,” said Mike Riley, Executive Director. “Achieving it requires patience and perseverance in the face of often daunting obstacles. Our Sustainability Awards celebrate the citizens, businesses, and organizations in our community that are dedicated to overcoming these challenges and making sustainability real in Central Oregon.”

The Environmental Center presented six awards:

  • Local Food Catalyst – Nicolle Timm-Branch and Central Oregon Locavore
  • Local Food Innovator – Volcano Veggies
  • Business – Wanderlust Tours
  • Creative Re-Cycling – Bend Velo
  • Organization – Bend Science Station
  • Exemplar – Bethlehem Inn

A 13-member committee reviewed the nominations and selected the final winners. The committee members were: Allen Engle, Environmental Center Board; Becca Gilbert, Environmental Center staff; Cassie Lacy, City of Bend; Don O’Brien, Environmental Center Board; Indigo Teiwes, Hydro Flask; Jennifer Letz, Environmental Center Board; Karen Kassy, former Sustainability Awards winner; Kendra Hamerly, GreenSavers; Lauren Williams, Environmental Center staff; Mike Riley, Environmental Center staff; Serena Dietrich, Deschutes Brewery; Tom Elliott, Environmental Center Board; and Tom Rowley, Business Oregon. This year’s awards were designed and created by local artist Pete Servine of NW Modern Design.

The nominees were scored on the basis of their leadership, innovation, and operating practices with regards to sustainability, as well as their community involvement and promotion of social equity.

The 2018 Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Worthy Brewing.

Tickets available for the 2018 Sustainability Awards

A limited number of tickets are now available for the 2018 Sustainability Awards on November 15, 2018. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited and this event will sell out. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online here.

What:    The 2018 Sustainability Awards, an Environmental Center event that honors Central Oregon’s sustainability leaders and innovators

When:   November 15, 2018 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Where:  The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon (61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend, OR 97702)

Awards will be presented to a business, organization, and individual who are leading the way to a sustainable future. Special awards may also be given away. By showcasing local commitment to a healthy environment, vibrant economy, and an equitable society, this event will inspire even more sustainable action in Central Oregon.

 The 2018 nominees are:

  • 4 Peaks Music Festival
  • Bend Science Station
  • Bend Velo
  • Bethlehem Inn
  • Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council/Cascades East Transit
  • Central Oregon LandWatch
  • Central Oregon Locavore
  • Levi’s Sawmill
  • Nicolle Timm-Branch
  • SeQuential
  • Un-Bag Bend
  • Volcano Veggies
  • Wanderlust Tours

For more information, visit our webpage. The 2018 Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Worthy Brewing.

Pollinators and Solar Farms

Pollinator populations are in decline in the United States due to environmental stressors including pesticides, parasites, diseases, and malnutrition.

Without appropriate vegetation and land management, the number of pollinators will continue to decrease, putting farms and crop yields dependent upon flowering plants at risks. 

At the same time, solar energy projects are being developed in agricultural areas.

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Call for Applications for the 2018 Sustainability Awards

On November 15, 2018, The Environmental Center will present its sixth Sustainability Awards, honoring businesses, organizations and individuals that are leading the way to a sustainable future in Central Oregon. Applications for awards will be accepted in four categories: Small Business (10 or less employees), Large Business (more than 10 employees), Organization (government and nonprofits), and Individual.

Request an application and learn more about the awards at: www.envirocenter.org/sustainabilityawards.

All completed applications are due by September 14, 2018.

The Environmental Center hosts the Sustainability Awards to highlight the determined and persistent change makers in our local communities who are essential to achieving a sustainable future.

“By showcasing their commitment to a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and an equitable society, we hope to inspire even more sustainable action in Central Oregon,” said Executive Director Mike Riley.

The 2018 Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Worthy Brewing. The awards ceremony will take place on November 15, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon.

Awards are given out every other year. In 2016, seven awards went to:

  • Individual:  Allison Murphy
  • Small Business:  Pacific Crest Affordable Housing
  • Large Business:  Pine Mountain Sports
  • Special Award—Pioneers:  Bob and Mary Devore
  • Special Award—Rookie of the Year:  The Broomsmen
  • Special Award—Industry Leader:  GreenSavers
  • Special Award—Forward Momentum:  City of Bend

For examples of past winners and summaries of why they won, click here.

Questions? Email Lauren or call 541-385-6908 x18.

The Environmental Center is looking for a Treasurer

Our Board of Directors are looking for a new person to serve as our Treasurer. The Treasurer serves on our Board of Directors and is the Chair of our Finance Committee.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for the environment and sustainability, will be comfortable with numbers and spreadsheets, will have some experience/skill with business finances and accounting, and will enjoy learning new things (like nonprofit accounting and financial reporting).

Peak your interest? Click here to learn more about the position. To apply, please email Allen (Board of Directors).

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 helped us with writing blog posts, setting up for events, fundraising… she’s up for it all, and we’re really thankful to have her around!

A native Oregonian, Fiona also also writes fiction, creates ink or oil paintings, and takes dance and kickboxing classes. Here’s a little more about her in her own words!

What book are you currently reading?

I am well known for reading constantly. Right now, I’m reading two books; The Goldilocks Enigma, by Paul Davies (about why and how life and consciousness exist), and A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin (from the book series Game of Thrones is based on). Both are great, though I would only recommend them to somebody who enjoys dense reading.

Where would you like to travel next?

I’d say Italy. My parents went there and loved it, and it’s got all the things I look for in a trip–history, good food, and beautiful landscapes.

What’s your favorite sustainable practice?

My favorite sustainable practice is definitely biking everywhere. Good exercise, pretty easy, and more fun than driving! Something I’m passionate about besides environmental conservation is education. I think it’s something kids in developed countries take for granted, and we forget that there are places where girls can’t go to school, or that there are kids who don’t even have a school near them, or they have to walk miles every day to get there.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Environmental Center?

My favorite thing about living in Bend is the nature, hands down. It’s the thing I value most in my life. I can’t imagine a future without being able to experience it. Eventually, I decided that I could keep griping about people not doing enough to help the environment, or I could actively help them to do so. The Environmental Center seemed like the way to go.

City of Bend pilots LEDs in Franklin and Greenwood underpasses

Franklin underpass LEDs

As a pilot project, the City of Bend replaced approximately 20 existing light fixtures with LED lights at the Franklin Avenue and Greenwood Avenue underpasses during the week of Sept. 19, 2016. The City is working to reduce energy use and LED lights represent a more energy-efficient lighting source.

With LED lights, the City is able to provide brighter lights in the underpasses – where security and visibility are concerns – and use less wattage. Also, the City is always looking to use resources efficiently and LED lights have shown to provide significant operations and maintenance cost savings over time. The old, high-pressure sodium lights required bulb changes about every two to three years. The new LED lights are expected to require zero maintenance for 15 or more years.

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Your New Basecamp for Green Living – Green Tour Site # 7

Basecamp bend street view

 Photo credit: Terry Iverson

Site #7 – 55 SW Wall Street Unit 4

Basecamp has said it best themselves: The idea behind is simple: 25 graciously conceived townhomes, born of the natural wonder and beauty of Central Oregon, brought to a walkable location close to downtown. One block from the Deschutes River, and minutes on foot to Downtown Bend or the Old Mill.

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Getting Your Ducts in a Row

There’s More Than Meets the Eye When it Comes to Your Ductwork

Did you know you can save energy and improve health by having well-maintained ducts?

According to the US Department of Energy, “Typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the heating or cooling energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump or air conditioner. Duct repairs could be the most important energy improvement measure you can do.” Often in the Bend area, the older the home, the higher the leakage numbers.

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