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Energy Efficiency Program Expands Savings Opportunities

The Energy Challenge of Central Oregon has been working with local residents over the last two and a half years to help them save money on energy bills and make their homes more comfortable. This year, The Energy Challenge is extending a key ductless heat program to rental and multifamily housing markets. “While the name […]

Summer Camps For Outdoor Kids

Summer is a great time to get kids outside to explore and enjoy the lakes, rivers, and mountains of Central Oregon. And with the start of summer vacation just a month away, now is the time to start planning. In addition to spending time outside as a family, here are some great local camps that […]

NCCC Blue 3 Arrives in Bend

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team Blue 3 will be stationed in Bend, Oregon working at The Environmental Center from March 30, 2017 to May 16, 2017. The team is composed of 12 members from around the United States. At the Environmental Center, Blue 3 is helping Central Oregon residents conserve energy through The […]

Earth Day Fair and Parade on Saturday, April 22nd

The annual parade will be bigger, more colorful this year! The Environmental Center will celebrate Earth Day by hosting its annual Earth Day Fair and Parade on Saturday, April 22nd. The annual community event, now in its 28th year, is a celebration of sustainable living that will include live music from Ubuntu, local food, activities […]

Two Bend Residents Attend Climate Reality Leadership

Bend locals Caroline Skidmore and her 14-year-old son, Jack Skidmore, recently returned from a three day Climate Reality Leadership training event, presented by former US Vice President Al Gore. Gore, climate scientists and top leaders in environmental policy and renewable business practices spent the weekend teaching community leaders about what’s happening to our planet and […]

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week, March 4-11th, seems like the perfect time for us to share a little bit about our relationship with AmeriCorps NCCC over the past 2 years. The Environmental Center has been extremely fortunate to host and work with four AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) teams. AmeriCorps NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through […]

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 […]

$1,500 Awarded to Bend-La Pine Schools for Energy Reduction

Bend-La Pine Schools supported the work of the Bend Energy Challenge through the Energy Conservation Challenge for all schools. The goal was to mobilize everyone comprising the BLS team — administrators/supervisors, principals, assistant principals, teachers, facilities staff, nutrition staff and all school employees – to help to improve energy efficiency through changes in operating practices. […]

Youth Water Education Program Expands

The Environmental Center is pleased to announce our new youth education program “Water Down the Pipes: An Understanding of Wastewater.” In partnership with the City of Redmond, we will present this FREE program focused on human interaction with the water cycle and wastewater treatment. Students will enjoy a hands-on, NGSS-aligned lesson that provides background knowledge for […]

Public Transit Funding Tools for Central Oregon

A robust public transit system is a cornerstone of a livable community. It helps people get to work, get to school and access a whole range of services they need every day.  It also reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. But funding a robust transit system remains a challenge here in Central Oregon. We […]

‘Desert Rain’ Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

We are very proud to share that Bend is now home to the United State’s first ever Living Building Challenge (LBC) residence! This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we’re excited to have this shining example of green building right here in our own community. The home, called ‘Desert Rain’, is owned by locals Tom Elliott and […]

Climate Action Update

City Council Setting Goals: Councilors Need to Hear that Climate Action is a Priority for Bend Residents Next week, the Bend City Council will establish goals for the next two years. The City Council is seeking input on the new goals from Bend residents. The goals will set priorities for City staff and help shape […]

Fabric Donations Needed for Earth Day Project

Help us collect used fabric for a special Earth Day project that will be showcased on April 22nd at the parade! See below for details.

Our new ride is all electric!

The Environmental Center just purchased its first car. This is a big step for an organization that promotes active transportation and is trying to help the Central Oregon community reduce its carbon footprint. In order to expand programs cost effectively – the Energy Challenge’s free LED program, in particular – it became necessary to have […]

Mountainfilm on Tour to Arrive in Bend February 24 & 25

WHAT: A fundraiser for The Environmental Center, featuring two nights of inspirational documentary films with themes of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure. The event showcases the very best of Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, an annual film festival in Colorado with a mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to create a […]

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Want to know all things sustainability happening in Central Oregon? Then keep in touch with us! The best way to do that is via our e-newsletter, Living The Green, which we send out twice a month. We’ll send you information on the latest news, events and other happenings. Sign up now!

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Kansas Avenue Learning Garden – our Learning Garden for children and the community
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