The Energy Challenge

a program of The Environmental Center


The profound reality of climate change is that meaningful action is needed at all levels – international, national, state and local. We believe Central Oregon can (and should) be a leader in a low-carbon, clean energy future. So, we’ve taken the lead to help local families, businesses and governments use less energy and make the shift to solar.

First launched as the Bend Energy Challenge in 2015, we competed for a $5 million prize in nationwide energy-saving competition throughout 2015 and 2016. We didn’t win the prize, but we DID help reduce energy use within Bend households. And most importantly, we demonstrated the power of collective action within our community and kicked off an energy revolution!

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In 2017, we took on a new name – The Energy Challenge – and expanded our programs to serve beyond Bend. We’re building a movement of Central Oregonians who are ready to roll up their sleeves and do their part to leave a healthy climate for future generations. Will you join us?