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Earth Month Events


Central Oregon Community College's Sustainability Committee and The Environmental Center co-present "SUSTAIN Central Oregon." The environmental education series focuses on food, agriculture, energy, transportation, water, consumption and waste. The following events are free and open to the public, though some have limited space. Please RSVP at

Wednesday, April 20

Tour: Redmond Wastewater Treatment Facility 

"Join Chris Miccolis, Wastewater Division Manager, for an educational tour of Redmond's wastewater reclamation plant. Learn how wastewater is treated, cleaned and released back into the environment."

1 to 2 p.m. @ NW 19th Street, Redmond

Thursday, April 21

Lecture: "Water Conservation in Bend"

"Join Mike Buettner, City of Bend Water Conservation Program Manager, for an overview of the City's WaterWise Program. Learn how Bendites use water, how they can use less, and how the City is helping to make it happen."

1 to 2 p.m. @ COCC Science Center SCI 190 

Lecture: "Redmond Water Usage and Habitat Restoration"

Central Oregon Irrigation District presents the district's Habitat Restoration Plan.

Noon to 1p.m. @ COCC Redmond Technology Education Center Room 209

Saturday, April 23

Earth Day Fair and Parade

"Join The Environmental Center for a fun and festive celebration of the natural world! The day of festivities kicks off with a colorful, creative parade filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite species. Following the parade, there will be live music, art, local businesses, food, interactive displays and great hands-on activities for all ages."

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue, downtown Bend

Tuesday, April 26

Lecture: "ECO-nomics: The True Cost of Global Consumption Patterns"

"Today's human economies are designed with little attention to the residuals of production and consumption. Among the most visible unintended byproducts of the current economic system are environmental problems like air and water pollution and landscape degradation. Learn more about Global Consumption and Waste with COCC Geography Professor, Mick McCann."

12:30 to 1:30pm @ COCC Wille Hall

Workshop: Repair Café

"A Repair Cafe connects people with broken stuff, with people that like to fix stuff. Repairing instead of replacing prevents waste and saves resources. Doing it with other people makes it fun and cultivates community!" 

5:30 to 7:30pm @ The Gear Fix, 550 SW Industrial Way, Bend

Wednesday, April 27

Tour: Knott Landfill and Deschutes Recycling Center

"There is so much more to Knott Landfill than a depository for trash! Join Chad Centola, Operations Manager, and Rigo Ramirez of Deschutes Recycling for an overview of waste management in Deschutes County and a wealth of information about what can and cannot be recycled in our county."

1 to 2 p.m. @ Knott Landfill

61050 SE 27th Street, Bend

Thursday, April 28

Lecture: "ReThink Waste"

"Rethink Waste – what we view as waste, how we can prevent it, and what we can do with it. Get ideas, tips and resources to help reduce waste, reuse what's possible, and recycle and compost the rest."

Presented by Denise Rowcroft of The Environmental Center / ReThink Waste Project.

1 to 2 p.m. @ COCC Redmond Technology Education Center Room 209

Film: "Trashed" – Redmond

"Trashed" looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste.

2 to 4 p.m. @ COCC Redmond Technology Education Center Room 209

Film: "Trashed" – Bend

The film will be followed by "ReThink Waste" by Denise Rowcroft of The Environmental Center. 

6 to 8 p.m. @ Cascade Culinary Institute Demonstration Theater 118

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