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Environmental Center

Our mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon.
16 NW Kansas Street, Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 385-6908 |
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
$100 will help in the ongoing Phase 3 Development of the Learning Garden and enable children to successfully grow vegetables in the High Desert climate.
Why does this donor support this organization?
"Change is the only constant, and we're either changing for the better or for the worse. We support The Environmental Center because they're making our community better." -Jim Gross, Bend Radio Group
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
We need volunteers to help us year-round with a variety of activities, from office projects to mentoring student green teams at local schools to getting your hands dirty in our Kansas Avenue Learning Garden. Many of our 35 member groups—other environmental organizations active in Central Oregon—need volunteer help as well. Volunteers make the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk of Living Green in Central Oregon!

The Environmental Center educates and advocates for a sustainable future in Central Oregon.

We believe that sustainability hinges on how we live our daily lives. It's at home, at school and at work where we make most of the choices that matter.

Our job at The Environmental Center is to translate sustainability into practical, local action that makes a difference. Our programs focus on:

  • Rethink Waste: We are redefining the concept of "waste" in our community and working towards greater efficiency in everything we do. In October 2012 we will launch a year-long media campaign to increase public awareness on waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
  • Youth Education: From classroom presentations to outdoor school days and teacher trainings, we are delivering education programs on sustainability to the future generation of thinkers, teachers and leaders.
  • Learning Garden: We are connecting local children to nature through the basis of life - food. We transformed a vacant city lot into a living classroom of sustainability by gardening in the heart of downtown Bend. The summer of 2012 marked our second growing season.
  • Energy Efficiency: We are partnering with local businesses to bring programs like Clean Energy Works Oregon and Go Solar! to Central Oregon - helping households, the economy and environment.
  • Sustainable Business: We are promoting local, conscious consumerism and sustainable business practices through monthly Green Drinks events, the annual Sustainability Awards, and The Green Spot sustainable living directory.

Our public facility located in downtown Bend serves as a "hub" for the environmental community.  Central Oregonians and visitors to this region have the opportunity to engage with a network of over 30 environmental organizations - our Member Groups - working to educate, restore and protect our region.  The Environmental Center works to connect citizens with our Member Groups' efforts that help us create a sustainable Central Oregon.

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