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Welcome, Jess!

The Environmental Center team welcomes Jess Ludmer to our youth education team! Jess joined us in September as a Sustainability Educator and the lead on our Water Education program. Jess jumped right in, and has already started teaching outdoor school days this fall! Jess joined TEC with over 10 years of classroom and field experience, […]

Green Spotlight: Mark Nicholas

Meet Mark, our BEC policy intern! Mark has been interning at the Environmental Center since January, primarily with the Bend Energy Challenge team. For his first project, he worked with government officials and local solar contractors to examine and further streamline the solar PV permitting process for residential customers. Currently, Mark is looking into energy efficiency for homes here […]

Milestone: 25,000th LED Bulb Installed

The Bend Energy Challenge Free LED Program has officially installed 25,000 LED bulbs and 2,250 water-saving fixtures in homes across Bend! This program will collectively save residents $185,000 in energy costs each year. The energy saved is the equivalent of taking 259 cars off the road! You can still sign up for 16 free LEDs […]

Thank you, Kirin!

Kirin Stryker has moved on from our organization after accepting a position at Powell Butte Community Charter School as their Placed-Based Coordinator. Kirin served as a Sustainability Educator at The Environmental Center for three years, teaching many different classroom lessons from the Great Garbage Game to the Hidden World. She was also the lead on […]

Bend Energy Challenge Week and 16th Annual Green Tour

The Environmental Center is excited to announce this year’s Bend Energy Challenge Week and the 16th Annual Green Tour – a week of energy education and inspiration for everyone – businesses, residents, and the building community. The schedule of events includes sixteen educational workshops, an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive event, and a diverse tour […]

Success: We’ll double outdoor days this year!

We did it!  Our goal was to raise $7,000 in order to double our outdoor programming during the 2016-2017 school year. And your response was incredible! Thank you to everyone who donated to this campaign and demonstrated support for outdoor days. We have some great news to share: We received an unexpected grant from the Gray Family Foundation […]

Bend City Council Adopts Climate Action Resolution

Last night, the Bend City Council adopted a climate action resolution by a vote of 5 to 2. Councilors Victor Chudowsky and Casey Roats voted against the resolution. The adopted resolution is more aspirational than the ordinance we proposed last May. But it also lays out a clear pathway for Bend to move forward on […]

Outdoor School For All: Speaker’s Bureau Training

We wanted to share a good opportunity to get involved in supporting Outdoor School as we near the election! RSVP to Becca if you can join. Outdoor School For All cordially invites you to join them for a campaign update and speaker’s bureau training. Hear about where the campaign is at, and learn how to speak about Measure 99 to […]

City Council to Vote on Climate Action Resolution on September 7

Tomorrow, September, 7, at 7 pm, the Bend City Council will vote on a Bend Climate Action Resolution that will commit Bend to do its part to cut greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve been working on this for over a year.  Now that the vote is upon us, we need your help one more time to […]

Community Volunteers Contribute Over 280 Hours to Learning Garden in 2016

The Environmental Center’s Happy Hour in the Garden Series, in which volunteers enjoy beverages from local beer and kombucha sponsors while helping with garden projects, is wrapping up Tuesday, August 30th. “It’s been a really valuable event. Over the course of the summer, many volunteers contributed over 280 hours, helping me with everything from projects […]

Double Outdoor Days for Local Kids

At The Environmental Center, we believe it’s important for kids to spend time learning and growing in the great outdoors. Research shows that kids who build strong connections to nature are more likely to make pro-environment choices as adults. That’s why, since 2009, we’ve been helping local teachers get their students outside. Our programs give […]

Launch of Enviro Answers Q&A Series

Here at The Environmental Center, we get asked a lot of questions – from individuals, families, businesses, etc. – about how to live a sustainable lifestyle here in Central Oregon. And that’s what we’re here for! To educate and inspire everyone to change a behavior (or two, or three…) to live lighter on our planet. […]

Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan

Recently, The Gray Family Foundation shared the success story of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan (OELP). The article explains how OELP provides a road map to ensure that every Oregon child has the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature and learn to care for, and engage with, their place and community over a lifetime. […]

Upcoming City Council Work Session

Wow! 130 plus people turned out on July 21 to tell the Bend City Council how they feel about climate action in Bend. And the vast majority asked the Council to adopt a strong, meaningful resolution, with many mentioning the three issues (see 7/5/16 update). A big thanks to all who showed up. And a […]

We’re Hiring: Sustainability Educator

The Environmental Center’s Mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. For us, sustainability is about people, the planet and prosperity for all. We seek to build a society that meets human needs equitably, lives within our planet’s ecological limits, and build a prosperous economy for all. The Environmental Center’s (TEC) Sustainable […]


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