The Environmental Center Expands More Programs into Redmond

The Environmental Center in Bend, Ore. is excited to announce several program expansions into the Redmond community this year.

Starting in January, the Free LED Installation Program expanded its service area to include Tumalo and Redmond. This program is a partnership with both Central Electric Cooperative and Pacific Power. Residents in these communities can sign up for free installation of up to 16 free LED light bulbs in addition to water-saving fixtures. Residents in Bend, Tumalo and Redmond have responded very positively to this program so far and we’re excited to bring energy savings to even more people. To learn more and sign up for this free program, visit:

Our youth education program is also growing with the launch of a new water education program called Water Down the Pipes: An Understanding of Wastewater. In partnership with the City of Redmond, The Environmental Center team will deliver this free program focused on human interaction with the water cycle and wastewater treatment. Students will experience a hands-on, NGSS-aligned lesson that provides background knowledge for an accompanying field trip to Redmond’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The program is open to Redmond middle schools. If interested, please contact Jess Ludmer, Sustainability Educator, at or (541) 385-6908 x 16.

Our Rethink Waste Project held its first repair café in Redmond on February 21, 2017 at the Redmond COCC campus. A repair café is a free event that connects people with broken items to volunteer “fixers” and tinkerers. Repairing with other people saves natural resources, prevents waste and cultivates community. The February event fixed over 15 items and we saw a great turn-out from Redmond community members. We hosted Central Oregon’s first repair café in fall 2012. To date, our volunteer fixers have repaired over 200 items! We host repair cafes seasonally at different locations, and plan to schedule more future events in Redmond. If you live in Redmond and you’re interested in being a volunteer “fixer,” please contact Denise Rowcroft at or (541) 385-6908 x 14. The next repair café will be in Bend at The Gear Fix on April 18, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For more information about local repair cafés, visit:

The Rethink Waste Project also offers free community presentations that can be tailored to any group and time frame. The presentation is an engaging overview of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle correctly, as well as composting options available in the area. This is a great way to get your neighborhood, club, business, etc. on board with waste reduction efforts. Contact Denise Rowcroft to schedule your Rethink Waste presentation in Redmond today!