Pollinator populations are in decline in the United State due to environmental stressors including pesticides, parasites, diseases, and malnutrition. Without appropriate vegetation and land management, the number of pollinators will continue to decrease, putting farms and crop yields dependent upon flowering plants at risks.  At the same time, solar energy projects are being developed in […]

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By Zach Henkin, Program Director, Drive Oregon My daily commute car is an EV that, while small, works for my family including our two young boys who command the back seats. Recently due to a small fender bender (not my fault!), our car was out for repair and a more typical internal combustion sedan resided in […]

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 Photo credit: Terry Iverson Site #7 – 55 SW Wall Street Unit 4 Basecamp has said it best themselves: The idea behind is simple: 25 graciously conceived townhomes, born of the natural wonder and beauty of Central Oregon, brought to a walkable location close to downtown. One block from the Deschutes River, and minutes on foot to Downtown Bend or […]

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There’s More Than Meets the Eye When it Comes to Your Ductwork Did you know you can save energy and improve health by having well-maintained ducts? According to the US Department of Energy, “Typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the heating or cooling energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump […]

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  Site #8 – 61435 SE Brosterhous Road After years of designing green and efficient homes in Bend, professional designer, Adam Peterson,  finally got the chance to design his own green home. Building on years of experience in the field and Sustainable Building Advisor and Sustainable Homes Professional certifications, he is in the midst of building […]

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  Site #9 – Central Electric Cooperative Community Solar 61090 SE 27th St, Bend So, what exactly is a Community Solar project? It is a solar array centrally located and connected to the utility’s grid. The energy is then available for individuals to buy the power. Central Electric Cooperative customers can subscribe to the power produced […]

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 Bend-La Pine Schools Energy Competition – Mid-Competition Awards Four local schools are awarded mid-competition prizes as student / teacher collaborations add up to winning strategies in the Bend-La Pine Schools’ energy reduction competition. The 8-month competition encourages individual schools to look at their energy use and take tangible steps to reduce it. Congratulations go out […]

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When choosing a refrigerator not all are created equally, or efficiently. This is one household appliance that can take up a big chunk of your home’s energy use. You can turn off or unplug most of your appliances to cut back on energy costs, but the refrigerator is a different story. In order to keep food […]

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